Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Is It Worth Serving If I Don’t Have Any Skills?

Brianna taught English to third graders in Mexico.Brianna Boggs, Volunteer, Mexico
The Call, January-March 2017

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a flight attendant, a beautician, and even a cardiovascular surgeon. But never once, not even for a second, did I want to become a teacher. My older sister is a teacher, and, contrary to popular belief about younger siblings, I did not want to be just like her. But all of my plans failed. When I decided on a career path, God closed the door. Feeling confused and lost, I was growing frustrated. But then God placed a summer Volunteers In Action trip to Saltillo, Mexico, right in my lap.

I had never been on a missions trip before and had absolutely no clue what to expect. Before I could even find my bearings, I found myself in a bilingual school. Each day dozens of children swarmed me with their comments and questions in a mixture of Spanish and English. For the record, my Spanish knowledge was poor, at best, when I arrived in Mexico. More often than not I was oblivious to what the kids were trying to tell me, and I knew they were equally confused when I spoke to them. How was I supposed to actually teach them? Let alone a language!

But there I was, in the bilingual school, assisting an amazing woman of God and teacher known as Miss Aline. God sent me directly to her. I took notes on her teaching and interactions with the children, and I prayed. I prayed a lot! Before I knew it, I was teaching English to a class of 24 third graders. Before I knew it, I had fallen in love with each beautiful child. Before I knew it, I had fallen in love with teaching.

Before I left for Mexico, I did not know how I could contribute to God’s work in Saltillo, especially in a school. But God called me to share the light and love of Jesus Christ with those children, and He equipped me with the skills and passion to answer my call. 

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MoreMORE: Read more about Brianna’s missions journey at her blog, Something Beautiful
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