It truly was a FAT adventure! I probably gained 10lbs while I was in Greece. The food was amazing, but the fellowship was even sweeter. The team of childcare workers were so wonderful to work with and fellowship with.
I left Kenya anticipating the ministry ahead of me. That the almost empty cup I held would be poured out even more. I left Kenya feeling tired. I looked ahead knowing that I would become even more tired. Only half of what I anticipated became a reality. I was tired. Every day I went to sleep exhausted, but my cup never became empty. The missionaries I served and my fellow teammates poured into me. They filled me with joyful fellowship, words of wisdom and encouragement and thoughtful generosity.
What filled me most though was watching this group of strangers from the U.S love my students so well. I love my students with every fiber of my being, but I know them. It filled me with joy to see others who don’t know them to love them and encourage them. Being an MK is not easy. Goodbyes come too frequently, and friendships are hard to maintain. Many MK’s often feel like they do not have a place where they fit. They don’t ever truly fit into the culture they’re living in, but they also don’t truly fit into their born culture. Many of the teens and older elementary students voiced these emotions and frustrations to those who were working with them in Greece. I see and experience these struggles just as the kids do, but this group of outsiders came and displayed love, compassion, empathy and encouragement in a way I never could.
It was this love that comes directly from the Father that myself and my students needed to experience. I needed to be reminded why I came to Kenya. God was reminding throughout my time in Greece that I am here in Kenya for these kids and their families. For security purposes I am not allowed to share pictures of the students here on my blog, but here are some pictures of my adventures while in Greece.
As you pray for families living on the mission field, please do not neglect to pray for their children. The children within a house are just as important as those outside the house.