When I first decided to become a missionary, I knew that doing this work would require a lot of flexibility and adaptability on my part. That makes sense. I mean, how else could you navigate through so many changes -- location, culture, language, community, etc. -- all at once? What I didn’t expect was that sometimes, the very nature of your ministry changes as well.
Several weeks ago, I had a meeting with the director of BridgeWay (the school where I teach), during which he told me that due to some changes at the school, I wouldn’t be able to return for the next school year. My first reaction to this news was sadness and disappointment over the fact that I wouldn’t be able to see all the students and teachers at BridgeWay anymore. The very next thought that popped into my mind was, “What am I going to do now?” I needed another placement if I wanted to continue my ministry in Mexico. I talked to my team director about my situation, and he told me that there is a need for teachers at IME, the school that his kids attend. The funny thing is, IME is the other school I was considering when I decided to become a missionary teacher in Mexico City. I was excited to hear that I would have the opportunity to teach math and/or English to high school students, which is ideally what I would want to do! I told him I would think and pray about it before making a final decision, but the more I think about it, the more it seems to be the right next step.
Now, I’m the type of person who doesn’t like sudden changes in my life, and sometimes I’m slow to adapt to change. I know, it’s ironic that God chose someone like me to be a missionary, but that just goes to show that God truly can use ANYONE to advance His Kingdom. When I initially heard the news, I internally resisted this change, and I thought to myself, “Just when I finally felt settled in at BridgeWay, why does everything have to change?” Since then, God has been reminding me that His ways are higher than mine. His plans are better than mine. His understanding far exceeds mine. And that He’s not finished with me yet. There is still so much more that God wants to do in me and through me, and that requires change. Although I don’t know what my future holds, the one thing I know is that no matter where God leads me, it is part of His perfect, divine plan.