Friday, August 28, 2015

One year

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 16:9 NIV

A year and two weeks ago I arrived in Guatemala with 2 fifty-pound bags and a carry-on. I was embarking on an adventure, but was not sure how it was going to plan out. I was honestly scared, insecure, but there was something powerful in me that kept reassuring me that I was meant to be here.

Many things came my way that forced me to get out of my comfort zone as well as teach me so much about myself. 

Besides living at the Hogar Esperanza y Futuro, I also started to teach ESL through Hope Worldwide Guatemala. I have had so much fun with my 3 classes. I now have the challenge to write curriculum for students in ESL. 
ESL Child class

I took a trip back to the states to visit family and friends. I had good time to reflect, pray and ask myself some deep questions. Looking at my savings account, I knew that I would only have less than a year left to live in Guatemala without extra income. After a conversation with my boyfriend, we decided to fast together so God could give me clarity and for His will to be done with my residency in Guatemala so that I can have a job. 
Visiting the elderly hospice in Tecate, Mexico

This week God made clear many things and without looking for a job, other than asking a friend from the states how she landed her teaching job in Guatemala for the new school year, I received an email from a local private Christian school director asking me to come in for an interview. The day of the interview I knew in my heart that I had landed the job. I went to the interview in jeans and tennis shoes. I didn't have a resume or any letters of recommendations. I prayed on my knees prior to leaving the house and I told God, "If this is from you, I will get hired despite my attire and the lack of paperwork. I leave it in your hands." 

This morning I received a "congratulations" email from my new boss. I was so happy and at the same time I knew I already had received it. 

The sad part of all of this is that I will no longer be living at the Hogar. My goal from the start was to live there for a year and that's how long I had been there. Yesterday I packed all my stuff and left with a broken heart. I can't even express how I felt, but I knew God was preparing a new path. I will be able to go back and do the things that I had planned, like assessing the babies and toddlers to make sure that they are growing in their development according of their age.

God has been so good to me and I know that He will continue to take care of me on this new adventure.

Saying good-bye