As I turned in my notice at work last August, I knew that the year before me would be life changing. I though about how I would grow in maturity and in relationship venturing far from comfort and familiarity. I hoped that I would gain a deeper understanding of my faith and be able to contribute to something much bigger than myself. And I genuinely desired and believed that when I completed my time in South Africa that my view of the world around me would be forever changed.
I sit here now smiling and affirmed to know, I was right.
(By God’s grace...)
From tentatively sharing my heart to illicit support for my plans, nervously awaiting my initial visa approval, and pruning down all my earthly belonging to what I could store in my mother’s coat closet; even the initial trip preparation was a growing process.
Setting foot on South African soil, calling it home and learning to navigate what I found in front of me was nothing short of a dream come true (with a little nightmare thrown in there as well). It was beautiful, and challenging, and inspiring, and scary, and many other things.
With the year coming to a close, I can confidently say that I accomplished all I thought I would and much more that God Himself had planned for me.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.
Will I do it again? We'll see.