Hope you’re all doing okay! As an FYI there are probably about 40 of you receiving this email now, and it’s also being made available to my church as a blog! It’s a lot more people than I expected would read this when I created it, but it is a good thing to be open to my communities so I’m going with it…
The past couple weeks has been a lot of planning and emailing back and forth, trying to come up with programs. A few of our contacts and supervisors have given us feedback on some of our ideas, and it looks like we may have to throw out a good portion of what we have planned. Even though I was expecting that going into this trip, it’s been a good reminder to not attach my sense of worth to any of my ideas and just keep trying to do the next thing that I think God is calling me to do.
Some of our main supervisors and contacts picked us up from the airport and helped us settle in for our first night. We also had dinner together and got to know each other a little. My first impression is that it is definitely their plans that we are fitting ourselves into, rather than us running around trying to figure out how to help people that we don’t know very well. We’re definitely no saviours, just here to play our very specific role to help people improve their English. I’m really appreciating how great this kind of setup is – it’s the most effective way everyone can make a difference and it’s also going to keep me humble.
We haven’t actually started talking about anything officially yet; we have orientation later this morning (I’m just up too early right now because of the time change) and our first camp starts tomorrow. I’m a little nervous but hopefully I can carry a good mindset through this whole process, no matter how well or badly things turn out,
- Thankful for our supervisors and contacts that have been extremely helpful and welcoming
- Thankful for a safe, smooth, and relatively comfortable journey on the plane
- That we would trust in God’s ability to work through us, but also be open to whatever He has planned even if things don’t work out the way we want
- That God would continue to bring healing to the refugees here
Thanks for reading! I’m gonna try to keep praying for everyone’s requests, but let me know if you have any updates on those too. Until next week!