Although my time with Abante has only begun, in the few weeks I have been here, I already see a difference in myself! When I arrived, I did not know how I could possibly do the nine months because I feel that my biggest challenge for the next nine months, is being away from my family and friends for so long. Obviously, this means I have to trust God. I know it won’t be easy, but He will change me, and help me get through everything I need to go through to be who He wants me to be.
Being an Abante colleague already has changed me. After the commissioning service on August 16th, we met our host families. I’m living with retired veterans Ralph and Ernestine Durman. Also, I am rooming with another colleague Raven. She is from Polanski, Tennessee, and we have gotten close over time. All the colleagues meet at the Lawrenceville Church of God every morning at 8:30, where we start with morning devotions, and then proceed into having a lesson on discipleship or leadership. Those lessons prepare us for the challenges we will face with the different cultures we will be visiting. For the second half of the day, we have academics, workouts, or outings. By 4:30 in the afternoon, we come back home to spend some time with our host families and relax for the rest of the day.
I have discovered a family in my host family, who have become like another set of parents. They take good care of me, and I can tell they love me. I also feel close to my colleagues who have become like my brothers and sisters. I’ve developed a love for each of them as if they were truly my family. My colleagues names are Raven, Violeta, Catherine, Zack, Diana, Mani, and of course our mom and dad for the next nine months, Brian and Beba.
Galatians 2:20 says; “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me.” I want God’s light to shine through me, and I want to be able to pour myself into others’ lives along the way. I want to be challenged by knowing that Christ is within me and that everything will be okay. I so want God to stretch me, so that I can be a better version of myself!