What a Journey It Has Been

Today is it, it’s our last day in Slovakia and I must say it’s a bitter sweet feeling. When we first stepped foot into Martin and got off that bus I wasn’t sure what to really expect. I have heard many stories but as we all know stories cannot prepare you for the real deal.

Slovakia is not only filled with some of the most amazing people I have ever met but it’s truly a city of beauty in my eyes. The people here at CCE were just so kind and welcoming and always smiling. They were right there to help us along the way with anything we needed and they made sure our stay was as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Our group has definitely been through some struggles while here but God doesn’t put us in situations that he knows we can’t handle. We just had to rely on our faith and really trust that God will take care of each one of us and he did. I believe that going through all of these hiccups along the way has deepened our relationships with the man upstairs and we are truly learning what it means to be water walkers and step out of the boat.

Yesterday was a tough day knowing that it was the last school day. I was one of the lucky ones that had all four of my kids attend both weeks of our English program.. These students are so smart, kind and caring individuals. I grew a close bond with them and the memories that were created will never be forgotten. We had laughs and a few tears yesterday but ended with smiles and hugs. I look forward to their stories and emails in the near future.

I know it’s only been two weeks but for me these two weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions. I have learned so much about myself spiritually and I’ve gained some special relationships along the way. The first couple days after arrival I kept questioning myself if what I have to offer these kids would be good enough. God must have been listening because during breakfast yesterday some wise wonderful woman in our group had said these words, “at any point on this trip if questioned yourself about being here you shouldn’t because God chose you to be here and be part of this group.” Those words not only dug deep into my heart but made me realize how close I became to God while here. This has been a trip lifetime and I hope I can come back next year with another amazing group of people.