Written August 16th, 2009
Training ended this morning with a service. There was worship, a message, we took communion, got our TEFL certificates and had a time of commissioning prayer. And so here I sit and never has the great commission rung in my head so loudly and clearly, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” It’s exciting and daunting all at the same time. Part of me feels profoundly unworthy while another part can’t stop crying in thankfulness to God for all he has done for me. Training was hard but more than any temporary discomforts and stresses, it affirmed what I’m about to do in a number of ways.
Firstly, it gave me training and practice in being a teacher. This was probably the most stressful part of training. Making lesson plans in a manner of a couple hours and then teaching 40-minute lessons was so different from anything I’ve ever done. I still don’t feel very good at it. But by the end I could see and feel myself getting comfortable with it. I started getting creative, using ideas I was learning about while adding things to them to make them even better. Teaching will be my central ministry and activity overseas. I can say with confidence I am qualified now to teach and I am even more excited to do so.
Secondly, it affirmed in my heart how important my time in South Africa was. TeachOverseas did a superb job covering all the issues that living overseas entails. During many of these sessions I kept saying, “Man I wish someone had told me that before last year.” I learned A LOT in South Africa the hard way, that is, through experience. I can’t be sure but I think if I didn’t have my time in South Africa last year I think this experience would be almost terrifying in the enormity of it all. This will be a lot different than South Africa was but it has still prepared me in so many important ways. For that I am beyond thankful.
Finally, training allowed me to get to meet my team of fantastic teachers that I get to go overseas with in Central Europe, especially my teammate Derick. Derick and I will be sharing a flat in a small town three hours west of Prague. It is decidedly isolated with almost no English speakers whatsoever. However we are blessed to have a TeachOverseas Alumni teaching in our town as well as 4 other female teachers in a town only 30 minutes from us. These are all decidedly awesome people and will be a great source of fellowship and community when times become difficult there.
This is way too long of an entry but I’ll close with this. The training is complete, the visas secured, the plane tickets bought, I am ready. It is time to go.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”