Hello everyone, and thanks so much for taking interest in my journey with Young Adult Volunteers. My name is Lanier Smith, a native of the small, quiet town of Camden, South Carolina. I just graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in International Studies, and three minors in French, Film, and Theatre. Along with this diverse collection of studies, you might also say that I have taken a walk around the ecumenical block, having grown up Methodist, attended Catholic high school, and receiving my BA from Presbyterian. Personally, I feel most spiritually fulfilled when I can surround myself with and learn from a very wide variety of God's people, both Christian and non-Christian. I love to explore and travel, and most of all to listen to what God has to say through all the different faces of this world. My biggest passion is trying to promote understanding and empathy between all peoples. This is the main reason why I am so excited and grateful to be able to serve in the very diverse city of Miami during the coming year. I hope I can capture some of the essence of this journey to share with the wonderful people who support me back home and around the world. I can't say a big enough thank you!