My road to Derry
Growing up as an atheist
My name is Willy Krause, I am 21 years of age and I am from Germany growing up in the east of the country, a region, where faith does not play an important role and the people are rather distant from God and so is family and was I. But after I had left home to study history in Berlin, the life there was quite challenging: facing a seemingly infinite variety of choices and possibilities I began to ask myself serious questions such as: What is the purpose of my life and what is the purpose of the whole creation? Is there something more than just coincidence and mere randomness to explain it? What is my inner moral compass making decisions? What is right and true and beautiful? What is wrong and hence should be avoided?
Being found by God
Modern society and its hedonism could satisfy me no longer, but through questioning everything on which my life had been built before and reading, especially writings from Pope Benedict XVI. and St. Augustine’s Confessions, I found my answers in Catholic teaching. Even more importantly I discovered something infinitely more valuable: There is an almighty, omnibenevolent God, who loves me and with whom I can have a relationship!
This overwhelming realization turned my life upside down and I began to attend mass and was baptised in the Easter vigil of 2017. The gratitude and joy I felt encouraged me to share this experience with others and hand on the Good News, which is the reason why I was looking for a programme in which I could work with young people to help them to see, that faith in Jesus Christ can overcome all the problems they have growing up in this world. I am very happy, that with the Derry Youth Community I have found a perfect opportunity to do this, furthermore in a beautiful and fascinating country with wonderful people. It is going to be a unique experience and adventure and I hope to learn so much about myself and my faith.