The first four weeks of school have flown by. I feel a much deeper connection with the students this year and can build on that even more throughout the year. I know that this year will be both challenging and rewarding. I don’t know at this point if I will be teaching at ECA next year, but I need to be faithful with this year. One of the most exciting things is that I got to continue being with the senior class (11th grade last year) as one of the homeroom teachers. They were going to put me with a different class because of my schedule, and I was upset about it because my heart is with that class. And thankfully God allowed me to be with them. Right now I am teaching basketball for grades 5-12 and track and field for grades 2-4. I am also coaching a basketball elective and middle school girls’ volleyball. There seems to be a spiritual buzz and expectancy at ECA this year.
God’s Healing Power
I have gotten several chances to pray for the physical healing of people and have seen God’s grace working through me. I prayed for the shoulder and neck for a guy in Barranquilla and the pain progressively went away. On my flight back to Bogotá, I sat next to a guy who needed surgery in a few months. I told him that God would heal him and that he wouldn’t even need surgery and also prayed for him. About a month later he told me that he went to the doctor and didn’t have the problem anymore and didn’t need surgery! I also prayed for the knee of a teacher at ECA, and she is close to 100% better. I prayed for a few other people, too. I may never see the results until heaven, but that is okay.
I had several opportunities to visit ministries in Bogotá with people I know that work at those places. I went with a guy to the south of Bogotá (which isn’t the safest area) to visit a guy in a wheelchair at the top of a big hill. It was cool to see where he lived and get to pray for him and his mom. We then visited a center for older people in wheelchairs. The guy took me around to visit rooms, buildings, and people. It was a very different experience, but a blessing indeed. I got to pray for several people throughout the day.
Another ministry I visited was one where a teacher at ECA works with. This was also high upon a hill. It’s a place where kids come for tutoring, English lessons, and other activities. I didn’t feel super helpful, but it was good to have the experience. I also got to help a Colombian friend give English lessons for some of his students so they could have experience with a native speaker. Teaching English is not an easy thing!
A few weeks ago I got to be a part of an E3 mission trip for one day with a group from the States along with Colombian translators. My group went to a poorer part of the city to do door-to-door evangelism. The experience was a little strange and uncomfortable, but I got to practice sharing the gospel in Spanish, meet new people, and be a blessing.
One of the greatest blessings lately has been “forgetting what lies behind and straining toward what’s ahead.” After returning from the coast, I felt very discouraged and frustrated with things and experienced a lot of physical fatigue and cloudy thinking. I have been thinking a lot about the future and what God may have for me after this school year. I would like to work with a ministry where I can be immersed in Spanish. I am trying to focus on the important things, to rest in God and be still, and to choose joy. I know God is doing a lot in me right now, and I need to keep pressing on and pressing in to Him in the hard situations and the good ones. I am thankful for all that God has brought me through!
Philippians 3:13-14 “…forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 13:16 “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”