My time working overseas is over for now and while that's a sad realization, I'm definitely happy for all the things that I've learned. If I had to boil what I've learned down into blog or a short statement, I'd say that I've learned to be adaptable no matter how inadequate I feel. I went overseas thinking I was just going to be the IT guy that did tech work in the background and, to be honest, that was one of the main reasons I ended up deciding to go because I knew I would be comfortable doing that. Fast-forward two years later and the list of things that I've had to do is way longer than I ever would have wanted when I left home. I became an accountant, an English teacher for adults, an elementary teacher, a conversation class teacher, a filmmaker, house-to-house evangelism and so much more. I had to learn English well enough to teach it, I had to learn to be very organized for accounting, I had to learn to be fearless as an evangelist, I had to learn to listen as a conversation class teacher, and again, the list goes on and on. Two years ago, I would never have signed off on all of this, but now; as I look back at all the things I've learned, all the people I've met, and all things I've done, I can't help but be grateful. I've learned the invaluable skill of adaptability. I've learned that even when it seems like my skills don't match with what I'm doing, God is in control and will make it work as long as you let him.
When I think about the new Goers that are heading out to their respective countries, I can't help but think that there are some people that are in the exact same spot as I was when I first was heading over. That spot of comfort that you want to hold onto because everything else will be so uncomfortable. But I just want to challenge you to not be comfortable with the work that you will do overseas wherever God has you. If there's an opening to try something new like becoming a leader, or evangelist, or whatever may be outside of your comfort zone, I want to encourage you to take that step in faith because it's when you're adapting that you feel the Hand of God most clearly, guiding you every step of the way.
Good luck future Goers, I hope you do great things!