I’ve been back in the ‘real world’ for a few weeks now. The transition wasn’t near as hard as I expected it to be. I didn’t deal much with culture shock and I think that is because I’ve returned home from many foreign countries before and I’ve become used to it. What I did struggle with makes for a good laugh. I had to convince myself to take a shower everyday. I never felt dirty enough to take one. And I’ve had to make myself change clothes/wash clothes. In the Philippines a set of clothes could last you a good three days. Sleep was a little harder to come by, but I was convinced my body was used to the new schedule when I woke up at 9 this morning (nine is very late for me)!
I feel that God has put on my heart to continue His work as a media missionary. I want to use my talents to serve Him on the mission field, this could mean in America or another country. Right now I’m looking at different organizations I can go with when I graduate and seminary is on my list of options also. I can’t help but get excited when looking back on my summer and all the amazing work the Lord did through Nehemiah Teams. I get even more excited when I think of the future and what else God could do if I surrender my talents and my life to Him.
God has blessed me with many opportunities to share my adventures from the summer with several different groups. I will get to speak to our women’s mission group, my church body and another local Baptist Church within the next month. I was also able to share a little with a Sunday school class of kindergarteners one Sunday and helped teach Vacation Bible School with my mom. Our theme was Truth Trek and it was set in the Egyptian desert. We had eleven kids in our 3rd and 4th grade class. By the end of the week four of them said they had accepted Christ and wanted someone to talk with them about baptism. It’s very neat to see that God works in all countries. We don’t have to go on a mission trip to see Him move in the lives of others.