A Year Ago Today

A year ago today I woke up early and boarded a train to Hengyang. Sitting on the train I had a mix of nerves and anticipation with an overriding sense of peace. I was about to embark on the most incredible, challenging and rewarding experience. Sitting on the train I had no idea how rich those experiences would be.

My first view arriving in Hengyang...
Living my dream, in the country that feels like home, living and working in a new city with all new people and forming lifelong friendships, serving and working with inspiring and amazing people and children. Being in the heart of China for a longer than before, where no two days were the same.

Dealing with injustice everyday, working in a project very different from what I had worked with before (much bigger and with a much more varied and complex set of needs), coping with death, frustrating situations we cannot change, missing home. To name just a few.

However, despite many challenges there were so many rewarding experiences and relationships. I learned so much, from those around me and the experiences I had and also about myself. I feel I got a much clearer glimpse at what it is like to live and serve in China, more than summer trips allow. I saw the huge need for people to commit to being there long term and I felt even more called and sure that I will return. I grew in my faith and ability to trust God in the good and difficult times...

Christmas Day walk with the amazing team I worked with and learned from!
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to spent 7 months there and am now ready for the next step. Next week I am moving to London to start a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. The course is 2 years long with 4 different practice placements. I can't wait for all that I will learn. Occupational Therapists have skills and expertise that is so needed and useful in working with children with disabilities. 

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