Just a little over 3 years ago I stepped onto Malawi soil for the very first time and I instantly fell in love. I fell in love with the culture, the scenery, the colors, the smiles, and oddly enough, even the smell. But most of all, I fell in love with the people. The people of Malawi captured my heart from day one. In a short amount of time, complete strangers half way around the world became like family to me.
My piece of the puzzle has been serving in Malawi for the summers of 2011 and 2012. On my first trip to Malawi I spent my days putting on Backyard Bible Schools with my team in nearby villages. I also got to spend time with the kids in Timothy’s Home and with various members of the Grace Center staff, hearing their stories and getting to know them. I think I knew before I even left Malawi that summer that I’d be back. The following summer I returned as an intern. That summer I worked with four women in the textile center and twenty-five kiddos in Timothy’s Home, teaching them English with the help of my translator Charles. I got the opportunity to share the gospel, visit people in their villages, and lead Sunday school at church. And I continued to develop relationships and form friendships with the people of Malawi.
Going to Malawi changed my life and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I have had to go and serve. I absolutely cannot wait until the day I get to return.
My piece to the puzzle... Going.
What piece is in your hands?