I had been living in England for only two weeks when I decided to take the bus to our Monday morning meeting. With confidence and a very heavy backpack, I stepped off the bus and started walking. That said, confidence had me walking in the rain (very light rain, not pouring down rain- shout out to you Florida!) thirty minutes in the wrong direction. I will admit the only reason I kept on going was because I recognised most of the buildings and street names around me. The problem is, just because something looks a bit familiar doesn’t mean it is the right way to go.

So now, I have been living in England for just over a month, and so far, I have made it on time to our meetings on Mondays. But even better, God has been teaching and challenging me so much more than I could ever have imagined! Throughout the week my team and I are kept busy with school lunch clubs, church youth activities, exciting new bible studies, and a little bit of table tennis in between. I have humbly come to learn more and more every day, and my confidence in the ministry I do isn’t in what I find familiar. In fact, a lot is very unfamiliar, but I am called to serve by God who gives me the confidence to extend out of my comfort zone.

Every day is different, every day is new, and every day is exciting serving here in Teesside. I’m not going to say there aren’t harder days than others because there are. Living in a brand-new place, with people you’ve never met can be extremely intimidating. I have sometimes felt intimidated, but what helps is to remember that familiarity isn’t always what is best for me, and to open my mind a bit to what is new.

I am falling in love with the people here in England and the extremely loving God that I serve more and more every day. It has only been a month, I can only imagine what the next ten will hold.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

2 Timothy 1:7

 

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Caroline graduated high school in 2015 and still is not sure where she’s going to end up. She has always known long-term missions was something she was meant to do. She’s excited to be in England to share love, and learn new things! Caroline enjoys coffee, napping, and reality T.V..