Here’s a link to a video showing a snippet of my mission trip to Guyana! It was my first time using iMovie so please don’t be angry at the poor transitions and quality!
This is a little bit of an explanation post, to explain why lately I’ve been so MIA and why for the first time in a while I think this blog is a little bit dead. I had the amazing oppurtunity to go on a mission trip to Guyana from August 16-23rd and ever since then I’ve been too afraid to make a blog post. I find it so funny because up until this point I had written all my other posts in hopes of reviving my blog so I would have people excited to learn about my trip.
But now that I have actually gone to Guyana I’m so afraid of actually writing a post because I want to describe my experience and give it justice. I even wrote out almost a full post about Guyana only to accidentally close the tab. That post didn’t really matter much though, I was just forcing myself to write. The thing is right now I think I’m reading to write this post. Or I really hope that I am ready to write this post. One can only hope right?
Okay. First, why Guyana?
I was thinking about this question for a long time recently. Guyana is not my home country, India is my mother land. But lately I’ve been learning a lot about Guyana and more so about Guyanese culture and I was amazed by it. I found it so odd that I could go here and feel like the people living in Guyana were just like me yet completely different at the exact same time. I could go into what I’ve learned as of now about Guyanese culture but I’ll wait for another day to write about that.
So I was learning about Guyana and then my mom comes to me and tells me she’s going on a trip to Guyana. I asked her if I could go expecting her to say no, and she did. But shortly after she said that ticket prices dropped and that she could now take me with her. I went thinking I would be the only 19 year old going in a group of 30+ pastors. But what ended up happening was a group of 4 of us “younger” folk signed up and we had the perfect amount of people to run a VBS and lead worship in Guyana.
From the get go we were told we were in Guyana for missions work and not for vacation. That was still a really weird principle for me because Guyana felt like India to me and all the times I’ve been to India in the past, I’ve been on vacation. We were definitely not slumming it though. We had the opportunity to eat Guyanese or Guyanese “chinese” food every single meal of our stay and I loved it.
It’s funny because when all four of us young adults were asked what part of Guyana we disliked the most it was always the mosquitos. The mosquitos and bugs just attacking you out of nowhere while you’re attempting to sing on stage.
That’s another thing about Guyana, before going there I had this high resistance to singing in public. I didn’t want to sing anymore. But when I went there it wasn’t about me anymore, they needed singers and I could sing. End of story. It reminds me of this post I meant to write before leaving for Guyana but was yet again too afraid to write.
God doesn’t call us because we are qualified, he qualifies the called. God wasn’t asking me to have the voice of an angel or amazing presentation skills. He asked me to be willing to go and speak for him when the opportunity arose and he asked me to not be afraid to sing his praises.
And this kind of leads me to the close of this post, life post Guyana. I realize that there are so many things I have yet to tell all of you about Guyana but I feel like whenever I tell someone something about my mission trip there, I’m losing a piece of it for myself. That sounds really selfish but don’t worry I will share it all one day. But if I want to get at least one post up, I need to know I’m still keeping pieces of the story for myself.
So, what now? What happens to life after leaving Guyana?
Life after leaving Guyana was actually not hard to transition into, yet really hard at the same time. I found myself not even really sure of what to do with myself entirely. On the way to the airport back home to America everyone was saying how they would miss Guyana so much but I was too afraid to miss people. I told the people around me to stop because they wouldn’t really miss them. They might miss those around them for a little snippet of time, but that’s all.
This was yet another thing that I was wrestling with and its something I’ve only recently come to terms with. I live in the city and meet new people everyday that I will never see again. And this put a toll on me emotionally because I grew up in a small elementary school and a relatively small high school. It hurt too much to miss all these people around me. I told myself to stop missing people to feel better, but how could I really? I was losing my empathy and love for the lost by marginalizing those around me.
As of right now I’m still struggling and dealing with what my life really is post Guyana. What is my purpose anymore? And do I leave all the problems I saw in Guyana and default that I’m just a kid too young to help. I don’t think I can do that.
This is all for now.
I literally just took this picture in the middle of the tutoring center at my college. I tried to act like a ninja when I was taking it- did it work? I find it so crazy that 30 days have already gone by, I feel like I started this challenge yesterday and now I’m done. I think it feels a little bitter sweet to be typing up my last post. On one hand I’m happy that I don’t have to blog everyday, but on the other hand, I don’t have to blog everyday! And I feel like being forced to blog helped me in a million different ways. Now unto 5 good things that happened to me since I started this 30 day challenge.
1. InterVarsity used one of my blog posts.
I wrote about InterVarsity and strangely enough, InterVarsity found my blog and not only asked to use it, but have me write for them this summer. I’ve only written one other post for them so far but I find this such an incredibly humbling experience. And I’m so grateful to be used by God in this capacity. I never considered myself a writer, but I did believe I had something interesting to say. And the amazing thing about God is that he calls you just to be called, he’ll qualify you and do the rest.
2. I turned nineteen
I know that sounds stupid, but not a lot of people can say they lived to be nineteen years old. So many people die young or tragically and I was blessed to live yet another year of my life. I’m thankful for that.
3. I had the most productive summer of my life
I’m not even halfway through but regardless of whether of not I pass this seemingly impossible math class, I’ve learned and done so much this summer. Most times during the summer I bum around each day and do nothing but right now I can’t remember a time I’ve worked harder really. And the the thing is I don’t even do that much, which speaks to my work ethic. Or lack there of. But I’m learning that it’s okay to take breaks sometimes. As well as the fact that one cannot be working all day long. I think its ingrained in our brains that something is wrong if we’re not always working. That we’re procrastinating and wasting our precious lives away! But most people procrastinate. Maybe we should stop spending so much time complaining about doing nothing and just work hard whenever we do work.
4. I stopped caring a little more.
Again this sounds so counter intuitive, but not caring about the small stuff really changed my outlook on life. I stopped letting myself engage in petty drama that’s around me. I stopped caring about whether or not I was coming off a certain way. And in turn I started caring about just being a good person and relying less on these superficial things like the name of the brands that I wear. Learning to let go and not care is revealing and ultimately releasing.
5. I’m going on a mission trip to Guyana.
I think normally I would have been too afraid of being unqualified to go. But I’m going because I feel like God has called me to do this! I plan on blogging about experiences when I get the chance, so check back if you want to hear from me.
As I write this post I can think of so many things I am not looking forward to! I need to study for my calculus exam, take my actual calculus exam, work hard and take my final! But with all of that in mind, there are still so many things I actually am looking forward to do and below is a list of a few:
1. Church Retreat
It’s going to be at the retreat center we always used to have it and I hope it’s as good as I had always remembered it being!
2. Finishing my summer class
I’m REALLY hoping I don’t have to retake this class, but regardless finishing this class and REALLY starting summer will be a treat with retreat starting the same day in the afternoon.
3. Sophomore Hang out
It’s bound to happen some time this summer and I miss all my sophomore friends!
I meant to announce this later, but I’ll be going to Guyana for a mission trip! (More on this later)
5. Starting School Again
I actually like school! And as happy as I am to end it, I love the beginning of school too!
6. BIG Production meeting
The entire team for The Ticket is meeting together again and this excites me!
7. Apologetic Lesson
My Sunday school class is learning about different religions and at the end we learn some christian apologetic. I’ve always been curious about these things.