This word is my inspiration for the coming year. The first half of 2021 was crazy difficult, one of the hardest experiences I’ve ever had to face. Between financial challenges, dreams put on hold, ever-changing schedules and unknowns, my mental flexibility was seriously put to the test.
As a result, a lot of my updates and progress in the mission was also set aside. I couldn’t get my daily life together, much less try to share stories, experiences and all the good news about the ministry I work with. There was a lot of good that happened, but I wasn’t able to take it in so much.
Several therapy sessions under my belt, I’m realizing that I need to be much more conscious about how I feel, respecting my own boundaries…creating those boundaries. That means paying attention to my limits – this is really for me. I had and have this tunnel vision on “What more can I do in this mission field? Where do people need me?” but less on “What does God expect of me right now?”
I’ve been learning how important it is not to ignore that very important question. When I do, it’s so easy to feel burdened and overwhelmed. I’m taking on more than I was called to do.
Anyway, once the school year was over, summer camp season began. It was pretty cool. My birthday was at the end of July. (I’m 35 now, crazy!) We had all the usual camps, except English since we were missing our American volunteer teams again this year. I did English workshops most of the summer and one vocal workshop at the end.
There were a few Americans (and one from Ireland) that came for a few weeks and a new American staying for the year with us, Alexa.
We had a lot of new campers, which was great because they got to experience the magic of Proem Zako for the first time, and many old campers who were new leaders and assistance for our junior camps.
The new school year begins soon, and I’m feeling a lot more optimistic than the end of last year. I’m looking forward to how God will show his goodness and faithfulness in the coming school year.
Continue to pray for me friends. Blessings!