Why I Serve

Patrick Aguirre is married to Stephanie, and they have four children. He is an entrepreneur, an executive chef, an artisan baker, restaurateur, philanthropist, servant, and man of faith. Patrick and Stephanie are co-founders of TerraMica, along with Ed and Pam Apffel. Patrick leads the staff as Executive Director.

People often ask me why I do what I do ... what fuels my passion for the work of helping and serving others.

To answer “why & what” is both simple and complex.

The simple answer is that I’ve always possessed a desire to serve others. I know that desire comes from God, but I also believe that it isn’t exclusive to me. He places that in all of us ... we either feed it or starve it.

The complexity of how to put that desire in motion is a multi layered discussion that would take more than a short essay to answer, but at the root of it all is both gratitude and choice.

Gratitude is two fold: First, I am thankful for those who have poured into, mentored, and loved on me ... yes, I am 100% grateful! To those people, I say a heartfelt THANK YOU! But the second is a deep, profound thankfulness to a God who has been patient, loving, and gracious to a lost soul in need of direction. It’s the kind of gratitude that is wrought in the truth of once having been lost and blind and now being able to say, “I am found and can see”. The gratitude I have for the healing work that has been done and continues in me INSISTS I take that hope to others. I love how my wife (hi, Steph!) puts it: “I’m just one hungry beggar telling another hungry beggar where to find the bread.”

When you are in need, real need, and that need is met, all of the sudden you are awakened to a whole new way of seeing the world and people around you. This is where “the choice” comes into play.

Some would say the choice to “go” and serve is easy, but I would disagree. Although it becomes easier the more you do it, it isn’t without its struggles. The choice to help others requires sacrifice. Sacrifice of time, comfort, and yes, money. There is a great truth that says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” At times, I wrestle with giving from my wallet, however, most of the time for me, the hardest part is giving of my time. Maybe your greatest treasure is comfort or maybe money, but I would encourage you, whatever it is ... GIVE IT AWAY! In giving, you will receive so much more.

Do not bury your treasure away so it can rot. Instead, use it, and watch it increase. Watch how your gifts of time, comfort, and resources can impact the lives of those in need, and how it will also have a profound impact on you in the process.

-- by Patrick Aguirre, TerraMica, Executive Director