Say hi to my best friend and roommate for the past two years, Amy!
For those of you who don’t know, I have been preparing to teach conversational English in Mongolia this summer. Throughout the past few months of preparing for the trip, my heart has had one specific request: use me. However, my request came to life last week a lot sooner than I had thought it would.
I received an email a couple of weeks ago asking if I would be willing to consider changing my location for the summer. Meaning, instead of going to Mongolia, I would go to Hong Kong. I was torn. I thought of the conversations I’ve had with people and the research on the country that I’ve begun. Could I really change my plans so easily?
After a few days of thinking on it, I decided I would reach out to the program, see if the positions had been filled, and go from there. As divine timing would have it, the program actually reached out to me first, and asked once again if I would be willing to change locations. This time though, my roommate and best friend was included in the message.
We learned only one other person was considering changing their trip to go to Hong Kong instead of their current plans. At this point, we realized the urgency of the need. For two days, we sought wisdom from the Father and discussed it with one another nearly nonstop. During this time, my heart remembered that consistent request: use me. I couldn’t shake it, and I don’t think it was a coincidence. At the center of that request was the decision I knew I needed to make.
I wrestled with doubts, but ultimately, they all came back to temporary concerns and fears. As I thought back on the story that has been unfolding, I was reminded that the consistent string is my desire to serve with the program’s mission; location was never at the forefront of my mind. That might sound backward, but ultimately, the Father is nurturing a season in my heart that simply wants to get to work. I was reminded (what felt like) incessantly of my heart’s request: use me.
When I got back to the dorm the night before we needed to confirm our decision, I told Amy, “I think I need to go to Hong Kong,” and she agreed. Just like that, our minds were made up. We were going to Hong Kong. Immediately, we started freaking out because we get to travel across the world together and couldn’t be more excited.
But just to be sure, I slept on the decision. When I awoke at 6 AM the next morning, Hong Kong was my first thought. Amy and I told our program manager at the same time, and an excitement filled my heart because I didn’t doubt it anymore. We were making the right decision.
So what does this mean now? I will leave for my trip about 1.5 weeks later than I had originally planned, but the basic structure of my role as a teacher will be the same. Other than the fact I will be in a huge city instead of a rural area is probably the biggest difference in my trip planning now.
Obviously, a change of plans was not in my agenda. But, I trust in the Father and His ability to respond to my heart when it repeats: use me. I’m sure He could have used me in Mongolia, but I also knew there was a desperate need in Hong Kong for teachers this summer— I don’t think I could have gone anywhere else this summer without wondering about the work there.
I have asked for a lot of encouragement and financial help from loved ones, and want to put it to good work. I know this isn’t a very brief update, but the more I think about this story, the more amazed I am. The Father’s faithfulness is abounding, and has become increasingly evident in this story these past several months. I’m thrilled that He would plant me in this place at a time like this, and graciously guide every single step.
Not to mention, I get to do incredible works and experience an entirely new culture with one of my best friends — yay! 🙂