Isabel Costa contributed to the March Newsletter Global Goodwill Ambassadors GGA:
My name is Isabel, I am 54 years old and I was born in Porto, Portugal. My country is very beautiful with many different landscapes from North to South. Portuguese people are known for their friendly style, their country is praised for wonderful food and beautiful beaches.
As for me, I am the oldest of 3 children in my family and since my childhood, I was very sensitive to injustice, poverty, social issues. When I was 10 years old and being at the hospital after a surgery I felt the presence of God surrounding me as if I would be in a warm cloud, in peace, embracing me deeply.
One early morning as I was watching the rising sun I had that experience with God and my heart calmed down.
My adolescence was troubled with anger by the same issues and at the same time a deep wish of bringing a change to society, otherwise I felt it would not be worth living. I heard many times that there is no true love in the world, money was the wheel of life and that way of thinking of my surroundings was a dream breaker.
So, when I turned 19 years old I became a missionary of an international ecumenical movement and at that time, finally, I felt that there is true love and it comes from God unconditionally to each of us. I lived in Germany, USA, Italy, and South Korea in a religious way of life dedicating 14 years of my youth to serve mankind in this way.
At a certain point, I realized that I could not change the world, first of all, I had to change myself and my perspective. Each human being is going its own road and fighting their battles. My mission is to respect them, accept, and have compassion.