As I sit down to write an update, I realize that I’ve now been back in Ukraine for a little over two months! Time is passing quickly and today I enjoyed a day off which has provided me an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the country I’m currently calling my home.
I finished my third full summer at Lake Ann Camp as a Lifeguard on August 12 and left for Ukraine on August 14. When I booked my tickets earlier that summer, I really thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to leave so quickly. Thankfully, I have a Mom who is one of the most organized person I’ve ever met. She did most of the work of gathering school supplies needed for my year and packing my bags. After a quick visit with extended family, hard goodbyes were made. I’ve come to realize that although saying goodbye is hard, it always means that there is something else coming. I was saying goodbye to what I’ve known for so long and going to something new and challenging that I’ve grown to love as well.
Kyiv Christian Academy (KCA) has 12 fourth graders this year. It is the biggest class in the school and I get the privilege of teaching it! Our class alone represents 5 different countries and I’m daily amazed by each personality. My students work hard each day and are a very competitive class. There are many boys in the class who are very passionate about soccer and girls who seem to enjoy cheering them on. We’ve slowly been learning that instead of competing on who gets a worksheet done first, we should compete for who gets the most right.
Aside from teaching, I am also preparing for a basketball season. I will be the KCA varsity girls’ basketball coach for the season! I need to give a shout of to all of my coaches–I never realized how much work goes into a season until I started planning. Thank you for giving me such a great experience, and please pray that I provide a great experience for my girls as well.
Outside of KCA, I am involved in an English For Life English Club. Each Wednesday, we meet at a missionary home and have different topics in English. It is a great ministry that sets up the missionary couple to have more in-depth Spiritual conversations with members who need it. It’s fun to meet so many different people and build friendships. Please pray that this club opens the hearts of the young Ukrainian people. There is so much happening in Ukraine and it’s such a joy to share the news of a God who comforts and delivers.
Recently in my devotions, I have been reading about showing Christ’s love because I am the light of the world (Matt. 5:14). I’ve found myself easily discouraged because I feel as though I’ve repeated specific directions to my students 500 times and yet they don’t do anything I asked! I’m quick to point out to them that they aren’t listening to what I’m saying. It’s so easy for me to see the flaw in their listening skills but can’t seem to see that I have one too. God has asked me to teach at KCA and to show His light to my students in this season of my life. He’s made that clear very clear to me through many situations. But have I done that? I have occasionally, however, that’s not enough. I am to be the light in the world all the time–not just when I feel like it. From 8:20am to 3:15pm, my world is the 4th grade classroom at KCA.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16