I lived with an incredible missionary couple and was able to see what their life was like day-to-day. I'd always put missionary work on a pedestal, but I quickly realized how unglamorous it really is. It was amazing though to see how they poured out their lives for the people around them, even if it meant personal sacrifices left and right.
I worked with a recovery ministry there and learned so much about abuse and healing. I went during my third year in college and was so used to just thinking about myself and my own survival, it was such an eye-opening experience learning about abuse and its effects. I also learned what it's like to feel truly lonely for the first time and what culture shock is. That sounds depressing, and it kind of was, but it helped me grow in many ways. I had countless hours to examine my heart and confront areas of hurt in my life (working with an abuse ministry helped). These things have played a huge roll in my life since.
I look back on 2009 as a year that was really tough for me, but that was also one of my best, because I grew so much. I kept a blog during my time there too, you can see it here.
Have you had a year like this in your life? One that stands out above the rest as a year of growth?
P.S. Thank you for the feedback on my last blog. I really appreciated it and was encouraged to share more of me here on the blog.