Saturday, October 20, 2007

Starting Out...

Four years ago, I was celebrating my 21st birthday in England while I was going to school over there. For years growing up all I wanted to do was see the world. Anything that God had created I wanted to experience, and the first place on my list was England.

I found myself tossed into 3 months of a dream come true! Although I had dreamt for years about what it would be like to visit and travel around England, I never imagined a scenario like the one that God created and blessed me with. He blessed me beyond my wildest dreams! I always wondered if it would be possible not to just visit other countries but actually live and adopt some of the culture. God unfolded my dream right before my eyes in ways that I could not have imagined. After having the opportunity to travel around a bit in Europe, my taste for travel just continued to grow. I came home to finish university and found an opportunity to live abroad again in Canada.

After graduation, I packed up my car and left for Vancouver Island. I had never been to Canada before and truthfully had no idea what to expect. I only knew that my desire to experience different parts of the world was driving me to try. God has opened up worlds of opportunity since I've been here in British Columbia and allowed me to pursue so many passions and dreams while living and serving here.

After a summer of counseling, I came back to fill the role of Head Counselor thinking that would be the end of my time in Canada. Yet God had so much else in store. I was offered a full-time position here at Qwanoes two years ago and never went home. I have benefited so much from the community of Qwanoes and working with the Kaleo Program and feel so privileged to be allowed to serve on staff here and be a part of the great work God is doing in the lives of young people that come through these gates. When I think of the opportunities in my life and the joy that has come from serving God, I cannot help but recognize that this journey has been and always will be, A Journey of Faith.

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