Mom: “You know you come back to the states in a month right?”
Me: “Ummm…excuse me?”
WOW WOW WOW! Time has passed so incredibly quickly! I don’t want to imagine leaving this place, but it is starting to sink in what a small amount of time I have left here. Needless to say…God has continued to rock my world this week. So, here is a little bit about what has been going on specifically!
School: This week has been AMAZING. Although my language ability is still very low, I have learned so much more and am able to better communicate to the students. SUCH A PRAISE!! I taught the 4th grade class I “I’ve got the joy down in my heart” and it was a HIT. Let me tell you guys, there is nothing like listening to a bunch of kids singing so happily about Jesus (and yes, they did understand what they were saying! There was explanation) I guess a pretty good indicator of how much I’ve enjoyed loving on these kids is the thought of leaving just makes my heart snap. It’s sad to think that the next time I’m in a school for teaching, I’m not going to have a herd of little kids running at me for hugs. I only have one more week left with the students as they have a two week winter break vacation, so I’ll only have one more week!
Personally: Well, I’m not totally sure where to even begin because once again, God has been working in my heart double-time. I guess I just love it here so much more than I imagined. I didn’t think I would want to live a life like this, but I am starting to picture what that life would look like. The song “Ruin Me” comes to my mind. I heard that song last year on the Mexico mission trip, but it never really hit me until now. My brother recently came back from that same mission trip and told me I should listen to it. The song goes: “Now the plans that I have made, fail to compare when I see Your glory. Ruin my life, the plans I have made, ruin these eyes for my own selfish gain, destroy the idols that have taken Your place, till it’s You alone I live for, You ALONE I live for.” (Ruin Me- Jeff Johnson) I never had plans or dreams of missions, that seemed like it was just for those really hard core Christians, but now I’m seeing, what if…I was one of those? It registered this week that there aren’t really half-hearted and full-hearted Christians, there are just Christians. The true Christ followers will do everything for God, wherever that takes them or wherever it keeps them. I’m still praying over God’s will in my life, but this place, it seems like this is what God wants me doing. This feels like what I was made for. My plans and dreams, were completely decimated in a mere two months here in Paraguay. God works. He works through everything. And I am so thankful for all that has been happening, GOD IS ALIVE and He is so good. PRAISE HIM!
Deuteronomy 30:20 “and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to Him…”
Travel: We will be traveling a lot these next few weeks all over the place.
Language learning: always can use more!
Ministries: In the barrios (rural areas). There is a kids camp for churches around the area coming up next week! Prayer for the gospel being proclaimed to penetrate the hearts of the kids.
THANK YOU to everyone who has been praying, God has definitely been hearing your prayers and been doing great things here in Villarrica!