For 16 months I had the privilege to serve the K. family through Mission Nannys. I was immediately welcomed into the family. My primary responsibility was to assist with home schooling. I was able to use my education degree to develop fun lessons for the children. I was also able to offer help with household tasks of preparing food, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and playing with the children. I was made aware of how laborious a simple life on the mission field could be. I received a first hand experience of life in Chad. Life in the compound was good, though I won’t lie, there were times when I struggled with loneliness.
Not only did I receive a second family for the rest of my life, but I had the privilege to witness the strength of the church in Chad. The church is doing amazing things serving their community. The people I had the pleasure to get to know gave generously and from their hearts. They live the gospel and were a great example to me of how Christian community could look.
Leaving Chad was like leaving home, knowing that I wouldn’t be returning in the near future. As the new school year drew near I was reminded that I will not be returning to Chad this year. As you can imagine mixed emotions arise. On one hand, I am looking forward to working with children in a local after-school program called Campfire Columbia. It is exciting to meet new families and develop lessons that may impact lives. On the other hand I am constantly reminded that life goes on, even when I am not around. Babies have been born in Chad that I probably will never meet. The children that I played with on a regular basis will be getting older and going off to school.
My experience in Chad was an overall positive one. It was a life altering experience that I would recommend to others, particularly those who are considering mission work. It will always be a piece of my life that I will share with people. I strongly encourage others to serve in a similar capacity because the rewards are numerous.