A week ago some of my friends and I went out to worship at Southerndown at sunset. What incredible experience this was. It was so amazing looking out and seeing the sky change to so many different colors as the sun went down. However, reality also hit me hard as I stood by myself looking out at all of this realizing I soon would not be living in Wales anymore. My heart was heavy knowing my days are numbered here. Having to leave a place I have given my heart to for two years is something I cannot fully process. I started to think how much has happened within these past few years. I loaded up on a plane not knowing anyone hoping to make a difference, yet I have quickly found that the people around me have made the biggest impact on me. They have taught me to love unconditionally, give grace when it is not always easy, and continually invest in others. It is hard to imagine my life without trekking through the Welsh rain, answering numerous questions about my views on Trump, or just laughing hysterically with these people. What I do know is the person who will be boarding the plane in three weeks is not the same one who came two years ago and I am beyond thankful for that. These people have helped me change how I view the world and will never be able to thank them enough for it. I looked down at the sand as I stood on the cliff and saw the footprints in the sand. I saw so many different paths people were walking and realized how relevant it was to me. There will be many different directions I go in life and should count my blessings that God has given me two years in such an incredible place.
This past weekend we took our youth to Spree (a weekend camp away). It was incredible to see them stand up for their beliefs and commit their lives to Christ. They are the future generation that could help change so much of this hatred in this world. I would love nothing more than to see them set a fire to those they are around. I really believe they have potential to make a huge impact and am so glad I have been able to watch their growth even within a year. Their boldness is truly inspiring to me.
I don’t know what is next for me when I get back to the States, but what I know now is that I have 21 days to enjoy every moment with the people here. Which is more than enough for me.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. I cannot believe I will be seeing some of you very soon. Love you all!