5 years ago I was 23. I was preparing to leave for Papua New Guinea and I began this blog! Wordpress sent me an anniversary reminder that I signed up 5 years ago, yesterday. However I didn’t make my first post until August when I was ready and leaving for PNG. At that point I had no idea what the future had in store for me. I guess I still don’t know about the future but I now have the luxury of being able to look back at the past.
5 years ago I was fresh out of college. I knew essentially nothing about PNG and I had a very idealistic view of what life and ministry would be like once I arrived. My idealism was quickly shattered but the space that was left wasn’t empty for long. That void was soon filled with cultural and relational knowledge continues to be invaluable. I also began to learn things about myself that I never would have otherwise explored.
5 years ago I began fully living on support. At that time I didn’t fully appreciate the financial sacrifices people made to make my work possible. Don’t get me wrong, I was grateful but I didn’t really understand the extent of the relationships and prayer support that made my work in PNG possible. I now am filled with appreciation and thanksgiving on a daily basis.
5 years ago I was at a place of transition, stepping out into a completely different world. And now i’m once again at a place of transition and it is amazing to see how much has changed for the better. I am new in many ways, I have grown, I have been stretched and I am still smiling. I am once again stepping out into a completely different world but praise the Lord that I have had 5 more years of preparation.