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!
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.
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!!!