One of the most common questions I’ve been asked since returning to Canada from Kenya is ‘Do you think your time overseas has changed you?’ And the best answer I can give is I hope so. I hope it has changed me and continues to effect how I see and treat others. But I’m also afraid I’ll forget how it feels to be completely dependent on God and loose the faith that that situation creates. It is very humbling to leave most everything that is familiar and completely trust that things are in God’s hands; but then again, our times have always been in His hands and under His control, no matter the situation or country we find ourselves in.
One of the reasons Kenya was such a unique experience is because I found myself living everyday just trying to answer the question ‘how can I help people today and show them God’s love?’There was nothing else on my agenda, no other plans or obligations; just a willingness to fill whatever need God put in my path that day. And in trying to help people each day, I realized that each one of us needs help in some way; that everyone is hurting in some way. I guess when you’re living with the sole purpose of assisting, you can’t help but see the needs of others. I want to keep seeing with these eyes. To care enough about the brothers and sisters around me that I take the time to figure out how I can help them, and to care enough about other people God has put in my life that I share my hope with them; to see needs and to live a life of giving, because God always gives us enough to give away.
I also found, as a teacher especially, that I saw and do see massive amounts of potential in my students. I see leaders, future brothers and sisters, and people who can make a difference in their communities and in our Christadelphian community. I think sometimes it takes fresh eyes to see people for their potential, and that I sometimes don’t see the people I’ve been around a lot—my close friends, my parents, my siblings, for their potential. But I think God looks at us in this way, seeing us for who we can become instead of who we are; and we know He will continue to work with us to change us into people more like His son, more like Him. And so I hope I can continue to do this also, to see people for their spiritual potential and live a life of encouraging, because God is always for us and we need to be for each other also.