God was doing many things in my life to point me towards this gap year.
1) In my grandma’s will, she left all her grand children £5000. I was looking for something to spend this money on. I didn’t want to spend this money on material things but something that would last, such as learning a new skill or and experience.
2) I felt like I needed to step away from the academic environment for a bit.
3) People who didn’t take a gap year said they had regretted it and the best time to take a gap year is before uni.
4) God provided the means to take this gap year.
5) I wanted to develop Christian habits (e.g. reading the bible and journaling) and I felt that this year would help me develop those habits.
To be honest, I was disappointed when I found out I was going to France. Going to a familiar country compared to unfamiliar and exotic country such as Thailand, Mozambique and India. But during training when I got to know my team, everything changed. I was excited to go to this country with my team and I had a stronger feeling that we were going to work for God, and not me, so really it doesn’t matter where I go as long as its God’s will (I know, very obvious wisdom).
I think, personally, I see God in his people so He has helped me in the people he’s put in my life. I’ll leave you with this funny story about our recent day off in Italy:
We took a trip to San Remo as Italy is an hour’s train ride away. We explore the city; it’s a small town, but pretty and easy to explore. So we were walking around the Marina and Caitlin wanted to go onto on of the floating docks. So we enter one with an open gate and the gate shut behind us. We were trapped! Esther was behind the gate so she didn’t get trapped so we we were panicking and asking her to go get help. There was no one around. I tried to find someone in one of the many boats docked near use but no one was there. By the time I arrived back, a man on a motor bike had come to our rescue He only spoke Italian so we had to speak with hand gestures but eventually he opened the gate and we got out!
– That God would continue to help Jonny learn French
– That God continues to work in Jonny this year
– Thank God for the Christian habits he’s already formed.