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Solei’s Story

Victoria Solei Waialeale

In college, I became deeply involved with my Newman Center. While I am a cradle Catholic, I experienced a reawakening of my faith there and a new desire for a personal relationship with Jesus. This newfound commitment guided me to lead Bible studies and eventually to the decision to pursue ministry.

I chose Vagabond because it challenged me in every way possible. Initially, fear surrounded my decision; I questioned how I could relate to the teens, given my suburban California upbringing. However, I resolved that if I could help even one soul encounter Jesus, it would be worthwhile.

This desire was the driving force behind my involvement with Vagabond and it profoundly impacted my faith journey. Now, I have become acutely aware of my limited abilities as a human being. This awareness is not self-deprecating, but rather a realization of the depth of struggles that inner-city teens face. I’ve come to understand that there are situations and experiences beyond my comprehension. I can’t necessarily change their circumstances, and many times, my prayers and presence are all I can offer. God has shown me the importance of relying on him, highlighting my own poverty and brokenness. Despite my imperfect love, I can participate in this ministry and be part of these teens’ lives, for which I am eternally grateful.

Ultimately, I’ve realized that my involvement in this ministry is for my own salvation. Through Vagabond and the teens I work with, God has deepened my awareness of his love for me, illuminated areas where I need growth, and drawn me closer to him.

-SOLEI

Become a Missionary

Teens in the inner-city face a cycle of neglect, violence, and broken family life. This destructive environment has dire consequences for them and society. Vagabond Missions intervenes during this time of crisis by inviting them into a relationship with God and others. Through outreach and mentorship, teens experience hope for their lives and a place to call home.

We currently have 13 missions in nine cities: Baton Rouge, LA; Greenville, NC; Indianapolis, IN; Mobile, AL; Oklahoma City, OK; Philadelphia, PA; four sites in Pittsburgh, PA; Steubenville, OH; and two sites in Wichita, KS.

Join this life-changing mission and become a Vagabond missionary today.