Hello everyone! Christmas is rapidly approaching which means we are coming up to half way through our time in Kolkata. We’ve decided to each give you a little insight into what we’ve noticed, learned and been taught by God so far and this week it’s Emily’s turn! Make sure you check our blog page a little more regularly as these next few posts will be more frequent – consider it a Christmas gift from team Kolkata to you!!
At the moment I’m really enjoying Kolkata life but I can’t say that this has always been the case. At the beginning, even though I’d tried to prepare myself and knew what was coming, the reality of suddenly being half way across the world and knowing that I couldn’t go home for six months was hard to take. In the first couple of weeks I felt very alone and found being somewhere completely new with only two other people I didn’t know very well at all, very difficult. I couldn’t really see why God had put me here and felt a bit let down by him and very overwhelmed with everything and couldn’t foresee this changing much.
However, I’m gradually learning that if God has called me to do something, even if it’s really difficult and I don’t see what he’s doing, wait it out, keep going and keep trusting because he does know what he’s doing (He’s God…duh) and his plan will work out. Psalm 18:32 helps express this ‘God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect’. This has definitely been my experience here. I have become so much closer to my team mates and now have two really great new friends. I feel like I am part of the community at the guesthouse, our projects and am seeing God at work through them which is so cool!
I know that God has a purpose for my life, even if I don’t know what that looks like fully yet but recently I have been challenged that if the above statement is true, it means that God has a purpose for my life each day. I have been trying to start each day by committing it to God and asking him to show me what he wants me to do that day and to show me some of his purpose for the day. I’m also realising that this daily purpose is often not me saving someone’s life or doing something amazingly radical or seemingly life changing but it can be bringing glory to Jesus through small acts. Chatting to a child in basic Bangla and giving them a hug may be what God planned for me to do that day to show that I care about them and so does He.
Something that the kids we work with are amazing at is smiling and laughing! They beam at me every day and laugh lots and this joy is very infectious. They sing a very familiar song to lots of you I’m sure and some of the lyrics go ‘This is the day that the Lord had made, we will rejoice and be glad in it’ which is found in psalm 118:24. I find it very powerful that these kids sing these words everyday even though I know that if I lived their life on the streets, I doubt I would be rejoicing! They are teaching me to be joyful and laugh at the simple things and to live joyfully, rejoicing that each day God has a plan and purpose for me and I am where he wants me to be. Also, choosing to laugh and smile (even if something isn’t that funny) makes life a lot more fun, you should all try it!
By coming to Kolkata, I have found that being a Christian and following Jesus means I have a worldwide family which has been the most incredible part of life in Kolkata so far. Following where Jesus has taken me is so exciting and I can’t wait to see what the next three months and beyond holds and am ready to take on the plans He has for my life.
I am thankful for:
- My two team mates and the friendship that I now have with them – they are always there to laugh with me or be a shoulder to cry on 😊
- Anu (our supervisor) and all the staff at the guesthouse – they have accepted and welcomed me into their community and they can always put a smile on my face (I especially love joining any staff cricket matches!)
- God placing me in projects that I love working at – for the children and staff at our projects
Please pray for me:
- That I would continue to seek God’s presence and press into him daily
- That I can serve people really well and that God would work through me to bless people who especially need to know his love
- That God would show me what to do each day so that I can live out his purpose