Well, it has officially been one month since I have been back in the United States after my project ended. The reverse culture shock was a real issue, and the first day we were back in Kansas City while shopping with my parents I couldn’t believe how RUDE people were being… until I realized they were not being rude, they were just living within the standards of North American culture. Yes, even still I am caught off guard or feel like I don’t fit in even being in my original country.
While I was in Brasil, I found a calling for my life that I had never considered before. God opened some BIG doors and I am now considering mission work in Brasil. I am planning on finishing my education degree and then returning to Brasil for two years to work with a program called AME. God is still leading me through this process, and I am trusting that He will lead me to do great things to better His Kingdom. My heart and mind have been opened and I am aware of God’s power and the power we have through the Holy Spirit now more than I’ve ever been in my life. There will be challenges along this road but I am willing to do the hard things in order to more fully pursue God and to know He is moving in my life like I felt Him in Brasil.
What happened next?
As many of you know, I was able to return to South America and participate in a Camp for Future Ministers in Medellin, Colombia, a couple of days after I returned from Brasil. I was very happy to return to this warm South American culture, and believe it or not I was actually happy to be back in a place where the language was different.
Here I was reassured that missions is my passion and working with these people was confirmation that this is something very real and very possible for my life.
I got connected with so many amazing people and got to share my newfound purpose for life, along with getting to talk to the young ladies about how they can find their God-given purpose. This was all around an amazing experience and a great way to recap all I had learned in Brazil and share that with others.
Now I am typing this from York, Nebraska. I am currently working for President Eckman and doing whatever he needs. Last week we had our Sixth Annual Presidential Leadership Institute, and 11 christian schools from across the nation came with a group of leaders from their high school and worked on a project to better their school and campus. We all had such great opportunities to grow last week with several amazing guest speakers, a tour around the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum by his granddaughter, Mary Eisenhower, and lunch with Governor Ricketts of Nebraska.
Now I will be in York for the rest of my summer, but being the student body president means that my school year starts up in just a few weeks, long before anyone else gets on campus. What a summer it has been!!!! From the things I have learned and experienced, I am completely different returning to campus than when I left, and I am never going to allow myself to go back to anything less than who I am right now.
God bless y’all!