Well, I had good intentions when it came to updating my blog while in Africa, but it didn’t exactly work out the way I had hoped or expected. There are a few reasons for that, but at the end of the day, I guess a lot of it just came down to priorities. It’s simple really—I just didn’t make writing a priority.
I have mixed emotions about that. On one hand, I’m disappointed that I didn’t do a better job of documenting my experiences and sharing stories from my day to day adventures. On the other hand, I’m very thankful for how the break from writing gave me the ability to focus more on people and relationships and to just enjoy each moment for what it was. And now that I am back home, I have a wealth of moments and experiences that I can look back on and be thankful for.
I am thankful for this amazing family—Fred, Trizah, and John—who opened up their home and their lives to us and treated us like royalty! Nothing could have been a bigger blessing to me than just seeing these guys in action as they went about the day to day business of their ministry and touched so many lives with their message of hope.
I am thankful for the many amazing children we had the chance to meet and build relationships with during our stay in Kigali. These kids brought us so much joy every single day, and we will never forget how they welcomed us with such open arms and hearts.
I am thankful for opportunities to be pushed out of my comfort zone and to use the gifts and abilities that God has given me to be a blessing to others. During the second week of our stay, I was able to speak to a group of around 30 women about the idea of value and the question of where our value in life truly comes from. Leading up to this, I was questioning my own value and wondered if I could even bring myself to do it. But I took the plunge, and I am so glad I did.
I am thankful for the many eye-opening moments, as I sat and listened to the stories of genocide survivors or the children in the program who had been through so much in their short lifetimes. These moments served once again as a reminder that this world is a much bigger place than I often realize, filled with individuals who have their own important story to tell.
And I am thankful that even after a few weeks of extremely inconsistent posting, my blog is still here for me now that I am back in Canada! I am happy to be home and I am looking forward to getting myself back into a more regular routine—when it comes to life in general as well as blogging!
Thank you for continuing to follow along on my journey, and for your patience over these past few weeks! I’m looking forward to what the next few months will bring!