It’s been a hard few weeks. There has been a lot going on in and out of the classroom. This is our fifth Thanksgiving celebrated outside of the USA and each year it looks and feels a little different, but as this day comes around it is time to practice what I teach my students: be thankful in everything. So on this sunny, somewhat normal day in Bogota I stop to give thanks to God.
I give thanks to God for the wonderful team of co-workers He has joined together in ministry. From my wonderful co-teacher, our fantastic assistant and the plethora of volunteers he brings each day- I thank the Lord that our hearts are united to serve and love our students.
I give thanks to God for the attitude of flexibility has has given my class this year. We have had a interesting few weeks together. First, my co-teacher is on a leave of absence to take care of her daughter, so we have had substitutes to cover her role. Second, we have had to say goodbye to two wonderful short-term volunteers who helped us throughout the day. Third, we have been blessed to welcome some new volunteers and helpers. Although there has been a lot of changes my students are still eager to come to class, learn new things and are excited to participate in activities.
I give thanks to God for his provision when I am lacking. When I have felt overwhelmed He has reminded me it is His work, not my own, that I am doing When I have felt exhausted, He has provided for me bits of energy through wonderful Colombian coffee, hugs from cute pre-kinders, and encouraging words and prayers from others. When I have felt homesick and discontent He has given me good conversations with family and friends, and wonderful reminders from parents of students of why I am here and doing what I am doing.
Just today I received a kind note from a parent saying “Mrs Trussell in this day thanks to God for your work in Colombia, for your heart and love for our children, thanks for be in Colombia.”
As I go through this day- celebrating with Ed and friends here in Bogota (both American and Colombian) This is on my heart:
I will leave you with these fun pictures from our Thanksgiving celebration in PK.