Written by Laxmi Gurung, Ministry Apprentice
It's been almost a year working here at Mission Adelante as an apprentice. I work with kids, and it is something that I enjoy a lot. Besides working with kids, I also like studying the Bible and learning more about Jesus. Three mornings a week we study Bible passages as a staff. I enjoy hearing other people's thoughts and different opinions during this time-- not just to hear them, but to learn from them. We are currently studying the book of James. Something that I have learned from James is that sometimes things don’t go the way we want and that’s okay because it is not us who control things. It is God who controls everything, and it will always go the way he plans. So even though we set plans for the next day, we never really know what will happen. We can’t decide or control it. It is God who decides and controls it. I think it is very important for us to know this because we could easily get disappointed and forget that God is in control of everything.
I wanted to share this because this semester of Refugee Kids Club has been challenging for me. Some things that I had planned for the semester didn’t really go the way I wanted. Fewer kids than I was expecting came, and I had to change my plans. I was worried because I have seven volunteers and a small number of kids. It was difficult for all of us, but my volunteers were always prepared for the lesson and ready to teach. They have been so faithful in coming each week. My coworkers are also very supportive and encouraging. They have always been there for me and remind me that even one kid matters. I feel that God is teaching me a lot through my coworkers and volunteers. They show me how to be faithful and trust God even when things don’t turn out the way we plan. Their courage and faithfulness make me keep going and help me to keep learning.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11