Sunday, May 8, 2011

Coming to an End

Hey Everyone,
Sorry it has taken me ages to write in here. I haven’t known what to write or how much to share…
I haven had an exciting last month. After a 12 week, tiring term, we had 2 weeks of Spring Break! I was so emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted by the time Spring Break rolled around. Last year I was able to go bungee jumping at Victoria Falls in Zambia. This year, my friend and I got plane tickets to Nairobi, Kenya to see what we could see. Somehow, I ended up doing a 4 day hike to the peak of Mount Kenya. It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, and I am happy its over!
I wanted to see what types of ministries were being done there in the slums, as well as see for myself where Simba, Timon and Pumba became friends. We stayed with old family friends who took care of us. We went on a safari in Nairobi National Park, saw giraffes, and did loads of shopping.
I was also able to spend 2 days tutoring at a high school in the slums. The students were mostly people who once had to drop out of school to get a job and now want to return because they cannot find a job without an education. They were like sponges and clung to my every word. I love how much many of the Africans appreciate education and don’t take it for granted. It was definitely a time of much needed rest. The trip made me miss my kids and I had a wonderful first week back with them! I seem to have so much fun with my kids when I have a small break from them;-)

This has been a difficult semester for me as I pray about what God wants me to do next year. I thought I was definitely leaving ABC, and now I’m not so sure. I have learned so many things here. This has been my first teaching job and I have definitely learned a lot in the classroom. I have also been stretched with the new culture. Trying to fit in with such a different type of people has been a challenge and also exciting. I have made friends that I will miss terribly when I go back to America. The ministry opportunities are endless here and I have loved getting involved in a couple things.
I have been asked back by ABC, have a job offer in Alabama, and a promising job in Jackson, MS. I’ve been praying for God to make this decision clearer but am still floundering back and forth between the three. All three are ministry opportunities and I feel blessed to have them as options.
All this to say, if you could pray for me right now I’d really appreciate it. I want to serve God somewhere and know I could do it at any of these places. Please pray that I’ll have wisdom and that God will point me to the right place and the right ministry for the gifts he’s given me.
My mom and Grayson are coming to visit this week, then Kim comes to visit when they leave! What a great way to end my time in Malawi! I can’t wait to show them around what has been my home for the past 2 years! Thanks for your prayers and support! 2 more months....