Reading the other teams blogs (and I encourage you to do so too!) they are filled with excitement, praise and also hardships. I think the easiest way to look at this year is as a journey and a story. So as Esther encouraged me to do so, I best give you a little insight into my story so far, and how I came to be an Action Teamer.
At first I was overwhelmed with the idea of France, and although now it’s hard to admit, a part of me was disappointed and I wasn’t sure if I was going to go. I hadn’t gotten into university, a different plan for my year fell through due to final exams clashing and I felt like I was lost. But I am thankful that even though the lines were a little blurred, I always found peace that God had something big coming, and even if it wasn’t clear, it was on the horizon.
The feeling of not knowing if BMS was God’s plan continued right through training, where I continued to feel uneasy about being on the team; but between the support of great friends on other teams and the cheering on of my home congregation, I continued. For this I am very blessed, as this year has been an experience I wouldn’t have wanted to miss.
France has showed me where faith and friendships meet, how hard life can be but how strong those who suffer can become; how we can find God in the smallest of things and most importantly, finding how I can live and grow in a life of faith. During difficulties, anxieties, frustrations, and those throw-in-the-towel moments I have found myself rejoicing more than ever- and as we sing so often, the joy of the Lord really can be our strength.
I’m running out of words here so I’ll sprinkle in some highlights.
– I now have part ownership over a poodle puppy, who has been left to me in the will of his lovely owner, and now dear friend of my own.
– Taf & I have had so many great adventures living together. We’ve been so incredibly blessed with the our family in France, who will always remain family to us.
– Working in social projects gave my confused self an inkling of what I would like to go into as a career in the future. I’ve since applied for a course relating to this, and my interview is next month!
What goes on before and after an Action Teamer’s life is certainly a journey! As I write this we are all sat on a train heading to the sunny mediterranean location of Nice, for our second placement. A new church, a new French accent, a new adventure and a reuniting with the sea awaits.
“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes.” 1 Samuel 12:16
– For Caitlin as she continues to work in France
-That Team France settles into Nice
– For Caitlin’s University Interview!
PS. Team France is doing another Q&A! Do you have questions about Nice, who we’re working with or what we’re up to? Leave it in the comments below!