Getting Back in the Swing of Things
February was a whirlwind of transitions, and even when it was hard, it was such a blessing. After being stuck in the U.S. for so long, I can’t explain the feeling of being able to serve full-time again. This past year has really taught me how to be flexible with my schedule, to enjoy the long days when I get lost in a project for hours, and to value quality time with friends over solitude. Even the difficult moments during this month of transition have been reminders of God’s faithfulness to bring me back to my home in Thailand.
In a normal week, I spend 3 mornings teaching English to our kids in Bang Phli and 2 or 3 days working from home. Monday nights I have a Bible study with our university students in Phnom Penh. I also have several meetings each week, some in person with my teammates, and some online with our team in Cambodia or in the U.S. The rest of my work time is spent developing our new English curriculum, working on research for Lifesong, updating sponsors, and doing some big-picture planning. The absolute highlight of each week has been getting to be with my youth group again every Tuesday and Friday. We have a lot of transitions happening as we prepare for many upcoming goodbyes, so I’m especially grateful for every week I get to spend with these kids I’ve known for the last 5 years.
Studying Thai is also taking up an increasingly large part of my time as I prepare for my classes to start at the end of March. Getting to practice with my kids and our team in Thailand has given me new motivation to learn and to practice, even when I struggle over every sentence I want to say. I never thought I would be excited to study Thai, but the Lord is good and has helped me cultivate curiosity instead of frustration, and boldness instead of timidity. I’m praying that only increases as I move into learning in a classroom setting for the first time.