No Longer a First Year

If you ask to any teacher, they’ll tell you that the first year is the worst. No matter how prepared you were for teaching, the first year always feels like running a marathon sprinting the whole way. On Friday, I officially concluded my first year as a teacher. It was not a perfect year. I made mistakes, but I’ve learned through those mistakes!

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When I came to Kenya 9 months ago, I had no idea what I was walking into. I didn’t know what a multi-age classroom would look like. I didn’t even know what the classroom looked like. I didn’t know what resources I would have. With all of these unknowns, and with my personality being one that likes to observe how things work before jumping in, the cards seemed stacked against me. I began the school year knowing I had a mountain to climb. I wasn’t alone though. God was with me every step of the way.  I daily brought my anxieties and insecurities to the Lord and he faithfully gave me His peace. I daily asked for wisdom,  and He faithfully opened my eyes to my students and their needs. It would be easy to look back on this school year and say “I had a successful school year. I did good.” but that would be inaccurate. The credit for anything good goes to the Lord. I also need to give credit to the people God placed around me. The parents of my students, my mentors and my friends were instrumental in helping me have a successful year. I could never thank them enough for their grace, patience, and wisdom.

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I must also thank those who have been supporting me and praying for me from the other side of the world. I wouldn’t be here without the financial support of my family, church family, friends, and strangers. I have been strengthened by prayers lifted up on my behalf. I have experienced the global body of Christ more fully this year than I ever could have imagined. I now ask for your prayers for me this week. I will be traveling to Nairobi tomorrow, and flying home to the states on Friday. While I am in Nairobi, I have to complete immigration verification, which is basically just the Kenyan government checking to make sure I’m here legally. Please pray that travel is smooth and uneventful. Please pray that all immigration check points are quick and simple. Also pray that my time in the states is sweet. I will miss my Kenyan home, but I am looking forward to being with my family again.  Five days till take off!!!

 

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Author: grace4kenya

I am a twenty-three-year-old woman who has recently decided to move to Kenya. Yes, as in Kenya Africa. I graduated from college one year ago, and what a year it has been. When I graduated from college I had a plan. I was going to finish student teaching in the fall, and after that I was going to move to North Dakota. I prayed about this plan. I had no doubt that this was what God wanted me to do. As it says in Proverbs 16:9, I decided on a plan, but God determined my steps. God removed all possibility for my plan to continue in October of 2016. I had no choice, but to allow God to guide me. I live one day at a time at first. During this time, God was graciously loving me. I was angry at him. I felt cheated. I felt lost. I felt discouraged. I felt like God had led me down a dead-end road. But God, in all of His goodness, made a path through the wilderness. Each step that I have made since October has led me to Kenya. I will be teaching children of medical missionaries, and I will be volunteering in a Kenyan church. God has gifted me with the skills needed to teach, and he has given me a passion for educating children. I will be using this blog to document my journey. The before, during and after of the journey. I have a fundraising profile link in the link section. I am relying on the generosity of other to make this journey happen. If you feel led to sponsor my trip, follow the link and it will take you to my World Gospel Mission account. I also covet the prayers of all. Prayer is never fruitless, but as I continue I will be posting specific ways people can pray for me. I look forward to bringing you along the journey with me.

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