“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4: 8 – 9
As I look back on 2016, I think of the above verse. It was a tough year with numerous challenges.
Big changes in the workplace, losing a brother and 2 sisters, sickness off and on, etc.
I was burnt out and it was affecting all areas of life – physically I was weak, emotionally I felt like I had nothing to give to the children, I was unable to study as well in school, etc.
I recognize the fact that its only by God’s grace that I came through this season. I was so ready to come to my Canada home for a lengthy break, to just rest. Oh, those four words, REST, sounded so wonderful, but yet at the same time I felt guilty. I am so used to serving 24/7, so taking that step away made me feel guilty. Through friends and family, God somehow gave me grace for those 5 months and now I am home. Resting and taking a break.
Despite all that inside and outside turmoil, I was not crushed and destroyed like 2 Corinthians 4: 8 and 9 says. To my surprise, I still performed well in school, which was a some of my studying and a lot of God’s grace. I thank God for the support and prayers of my faithful Kenyan and Canada friends in this season. God truly carried me through.
I thank God for a new year and for the opportunity to see 2017. 2017 comes with excitement, fears and many questions, but I go forward with confidence, knowing that God is in control. I am in expectancy of what God has in store for me this year.
I am in Ontario till the beginning of March. My mom will be coming back with me and staying till the beginning of May. I will be beginning my Teaching Practice or placement for school in May, where I will be teaching at a primary school in Kenya. I am ready for a new challenge, although it comes with a little fear of not knowing what to expect with my very little teaching practice.
With all this said, I want to thank all of you for your words of encouragement, prayers and support that you gave me in 2016. I look forward connecting with you all in 2017.
I wish you a BLESSED 2017!
“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”