Friday, June 14, 2013

two weeks

Tomorrow we'll have been in Chad for fourteen days. Two weeks. Half of me feels like we've been here forever and the other half still feels like this is a dream. 

I've learned so much in the past two weeks. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm soso glad I listened to God and didn't plan things my own way, which would've been to go for one month at the most. If I would've done that, my time here would already be halfway through! I still have so much to learn and am not ready to go back home. 

That doesn't mean that my time here hasn't been hard. The first week was pretty easy, everything being new and exciting. Life here in general is simpler, so things like making dinner or taking a shower or washing dishes take much longer than they do in the States. Learning Arabic is a challenge. Just by stepping out of the compound, everything is extremely different. People will stare at you and everyone is speaking a language you can barely understand, if you understand any at all. There's a different currency for money and it's all foreign to me. I miss my family, last night is the first night I actually cried. Nothing is familiar. I guess that's what makes it hard. 

Don't get me wrong - life here isn't terrible. There's good and bad, and more good than bad, but sometimes it can seem the opposite. I need to get it into my head that life here in Africa is going to be hard, it's going to be a struggle. I'm going to mess up the language, I'm going to be hot and sweaty 24/7, I'm going to miss home, I'm going to get sick. But while those things might be hard, what I learn from this is going to be so worth it. 

There's so many opportunities to show Jesus here. I get to serve others, I get to talk to Africans, I get to make African food, I get to eat African food. I get to chase the Broten kids around in African dust and I get to smell African air. I have a family and friends back at home who are praying for me. I am blessed. 

Even if it's hard, even if I want to give up, I won't quit and I know I wouldn't trade these next few months for anything.

"'For My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am made weak, then, through Him, I am strong." 1st Corinthians 12:9-10 


  1. Kendra I'm praying for you. I love reading about your experience! It makes my heart happy that you are so in love with Jesus and willing to take some risks for His sake. I always think of Amy Carmichael who said "In the light of eternity all sacrifice will seem small." Hang in there! Holly D.

  2. "Hope doesn't (will not) disappoint us." What seems like foolishness to the world will one day be revealed as the wisest choice. Be encouraged all the more as you spend this time of your life away from those who love you. We have lots of time.

  3. I'm so happy things for the most part are going well for you!! I'm quite envious that you are in Africa right now!!! ;) Someday Lord willing I want to go on a missions trip!!! :)

    I'll be praying for you!


  4. Life is hard and bittersweet and scary. Especially crazy stuff like living in a different country (I'm assuming; although I have no experience myself. :)

    These six (?) months are going to be such a blessing though - God is already teaching you so much, and just reading your posts...you've changed and you're different - in a good way.

    I'm still super excited for you - and I know that God will sustain you and keep you, and I'm super glad that you listened and obeyed - even doing the crazy stuff like packing your bags in going to Chad!

    And for the record - you beat me in language. I never spoke my two cents worth of Spanish because I was terrible at it. At any rate, I'm sure you'll make someone's day if you screw up Arabic and they can laugh. :D


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