My Michigan Hero is my Auntie June. She was born in Michigan in 1964. She grew up in Michigan her whole life. About three years ago she became a missionary and moved across the world to South Africa. She worked for a few different organizations but all had to shut down due to money shortage. Finally she created her own organization called Ignite South Africa. She had originally called her organization A Heart for Africa but then changed it to Ignite South Africa.
Every year, in the summer, she comes home and organizes a gala to raise money for her organization. Each year she has many people come and gets a very considerable amount of money. She uses that money to help out the schools and churches she works at.
My aunt has always been very determined, especially when it comes to helping others. She teaches me that no matter what others think about what you’re doing, to do it anyway if you believe it can happen and if you think it is the right thing to do. She shows me that no matter what has gone on through your life, it shouldn’t affect what you do in the rest of your life time. For example, when she was only twenty some years old, she had a child. She couldn’t take care of her baby so she had to put her up for adoption. Then sometime in 2015, she finally got to meet her child. Now she sees her whenever she is in Michigan. She shows me that when something really matters to you, that you shouldn’t give up on it.
My aunt teaches me that one of the most important things if life is family. She shows me this because even though she lives on the other side of the world, she always finds time to come home to Michigan and spend time with us. I never realized how family can help you through things by just being with you until I had my surgery. I was at the hospital and my Auntie June, grandma and grandpa, other aunt, uncle, cousins, my mom, dad, brother, and sister were all in my hospital room. I was just laying in my bed just watching them smile despite the fact that we were in the hospital. They helped my not be so depressed while in the hospital. They brought this cheerful spirit to me when I was down. I now realize how precious the time spent with family is.
My Michigan Hero is my Auntie June because she teaches me the importance of family and friends, to never give up, and never change who you are because of what already happened.