A little surprise

26 May

God has a habit of surprising me. And He has done it again. In December 2012, I tagged along on a trip, run by Tuks Missions, to a place called Liv Village. My human little self thought it might be more fun to sit on the couch for the duration of December. I had, however, already paid the deposit for the trip, so had to go.

We arrived at the Village on a Sunday morning – church time. I sat in that service and was so thoroughly moved by the Holy Spirit that I knew this place was something special. From the first day of the trip I began wondering if this was the place I had been looking for. God had put a place in my heart from the time I was about 12. It was a place that I knew I had to get to one day although I had no idea where it was. I had spent the previous six months searching for this place. Investigating Masters programmes at European Universities, searching for work-abroad opportunities, trying to become a camp counsellor for American kids.

On this two-week trip to a farm in KwaZulu-Natal, God led me to the place I had been looking for without me even realising it. I spent the week agonising over the fact that I had just signed a contract at a High School in Johannesburg.

Upon returning to my hometown I began teaching at the aforementioned High School. I went through quite a rough patch of being entirely uncertain as to why God would put me in a job and then show me where I needed to be, which wasn’t at that job.

I was, however, thoroughly humbled as I tried to do my work. I have learned, over the last five months an incredible amount about myself, children and God. I was blessed enough to be working with some truly incredible teachers who have guided me and taught me so very much. I will remember what this school has done for me and how they taught me to take my first steps as a teacher. I see now that I was exactly where I needed to be.

After praying and agonising and with the help and guidance of my pastor and some other lovely Jesus-freaks, I decided it was time to pursue Liv Village. And I did.

Through God’s grace I will be moving down to Durban in July. I will be volunteering for a six month period. The first month will be probationary as the Village and I figure out if we are a fit. There is a school on the village, and in that school, a special needs class. I will be assisting the special needs teacher. I am truly excited about this as she seems to be an incredible woman and I know I could learn a huge amount from her.

So it is with a sad heart that I say goodbye to my Greenside High School kids this week. It’s strange how other people’s children can burrow into your heart. I find myself wanting to protect them from any mean replacement teachers. I want to leave them with the best possible understanding of Finite Verbs that I possibly can. And at this point in time I am still unsure as to whether or not I will ever teach in a ‘mainstream’ high school again. This is all part of the journey.

So if you are a person who would like to hear more about this adventure that God and I are going on, keep checking this blog. I will try update it as often as possible. I have no doubt that God is going to surprise me more than He ever has before and I am scared and more excited than I can explain as I jump into the unforeseeable.

As good ol’ Justin Bieber says, “You can’t fly unless you let yourself fall”.
Here I go.

Time to fall.

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4 Responses to “A little surprise”

  1. Tracey Taylor July 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    So excited for you Milly! Adam and I will be praying for you as you pursue the desire that God has placed in your heart. Be brave and be bold to freely learn, love and be loved. Joshua 1:8, Much love Adam & Tracey

    • millywrites July 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      Thanks Taylors:) You two are truly precious little ponies! Deffo two of my favs:)

  2. jasmin. July 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    You are a true (in every sense of the word) inspiration. X.

    • millywrites July 4, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Ah Jaz:) thanks for reading! Gonna miss you guys!

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