I am so excited to announce that I will be returning to Kenya for another school year! This is a job, a life, that I feel called into. This is a teaching role that I feel designed for. Over the last 2 years, God has been slowly changing my expectations for my life. Becoming a missionary has never been on my radar. My expectations had always been to become a teacher, wife, and mother in that order. I craved the consistency that life would bring. Throughout my 4+ years of college I struggled with this deep fear of failure. I always felt inadequate when I looked around at my fellow classmates. I was a B average student in a sea of Type A perfectionist. I just did’t fit in. My deepest fear become a reality when I was hired as a long term substitute kindergarten teacher. By the end of those 2 months, I was doubting my choice to become a teacher.
I carried those doubts and fears with my when I came to Kenya, but I could not deny God’s hand in leading me here. I trusted that He knew what he was doing even if I didn’t. God has been quieting those fears and doubts over the last 6 months. I get to be the type of teacher that I want to be. The relationships I have with my students are rich and filled with a mutual love and respect. I have the opportunity to not only teach these children, but to disciple them. I have developed partnerships with the parents. They are my co-teachers. We share in the joys and struggles of teaching together as a community in rural Kenya.
My life expectations have changed. I used to crave consistency, but I’ve embraced a life that is anything but consistent. People come and go like the revolving doors in the big cities. The WiFi and electricity are as consistent as my ex-boyfriends (not at ALL) The political stability of the Kenyan government has been a constant teeter-totter. God knew what I craved, but He has called me into a life that is the opposite of what I craved. He is asking me to lean into Him and the consistency that is found in Him. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and that is life’s one guarantee.
Please pray for myself and the moms that will be here for the upcoming school year. We have many decisions to make in regards to curriculum and class groupings. I will be returning to the U.S for the summer to attend conferences, do fundraising and spend some much needed time with family. If you would like to sponsor my second term in Kenya, you can donate at this site http://www.wgm.org/gracewilliams