So much has happened since this time last week. This time last week I was staying up late talking to one of my best friends who joined another team with Experience Mission. That’s assuming the time it is now. If I went with American time we would’ve been meeting team members in Indiana. Either way, I was in Indiana. Fast forward one week, I’m in Centurion, South Africa currently about to go to sleep. My team members and I have been staying at our team leaders house until we go to live with our host families. The greatest blessing is we are all like one big family. All 11 of us. There are 6 people on our team including me, 2 guys from previous teams and our team leader, his wife and their son.
We left Indiana Friday evening and got to Johannesburg late afternoon on Saturday. 17 hours total of flying time is probably what I would consider its own twisted form of torture but we made it! Then we took a train to Centurion and met up with a great couple to bring us to our team leaders house. They have been amazing!
Spending time with them and the team has been an incredible time, but today our team leader took us to Olievenhoutbosch, Olieven for short, for the first time to see where we would be working. Wow. I can’t wait to be there next week. We went to Olievenhoutbosch Christian School where we will be working as teachers aids for 4 weeks. The kids were precious and so bubbly! Not long after we got there I found myself playing hide and seek with a group of kids. How awesome is that! I tried my best to get there names but I’m sure I butchered them in my American accent but hey, I’m trying! We also went to the community center where we will work once a week and the disability center where we will work for 4 weeks as well. I can’t wait to see how God will teach me over the next 8 weeks in these place!
I’ve recently been reading Radical by David Platt. It’s an incredible book if anyone would like to read it. It now comes highly recommended by me. Anyway, David was talking about a sermon her heard about the cost of following Jesus. Most of us have heard this story but it’s such a great reminder. In Luke 9, Jesus asked some men to follow him and all 3 came back with somewhat excuses. One wanted to bury his dad first, one wanted to say goodbye to his family first and even told one to expect homelessness. Jesus was simply and boldly making it clear from the start that if you follow him, you abandon everything -your needs, your desires, even your family. That struck a huge note with me. Christ asks us to totally and exclusively follow him and only him. It doesn’t matter what sacrifices we have to make. So I want to follow him. I want to live the way that I don’t even worry about my desires or even needs and just follow him.
Great things will happen in this season of my life in South Africa. I’m so excited to learn them and share them along the way.
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9.62