It’s been a year since I moved to Switzerland (1 year and four days to be exact) and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. There’s definitely been a lot of maturity and growth, all of which I am grateful for. I’d just like to highlight some of the memorable experiences I’ve had so far.
- YOUNG PEOPLE – I’ve always had a heart for the young people and so creating a strong bond with them was a priority. Around half of my young people speak English therefore, my challenge was communicating with those who only spoke French. This was surprisingly easy. I was just normal with them. I attempted to speak French with them, I found out their interests, I remembered their birthdays and I got them all cool stuff from my work place. Most importantly, I learnt what was important to them.
- BLENDING (incoming) – the saints in the UK aren’t very good at blending with other European saints. There are a core few who will show up at every conference but the vast majority are only seen at the conference in Baarlo, Netherlands. While I wouldn’t say I’m the reason more British saints have visited Switzerland this year, one thing I do hear is that the Lord opening a way for me to come here has touched others. The Lord’s Move in Europe means Europe and not just the UK. The best part is having saints, who would never usually consider coming to Switzerland, coming. Some of my former yp came to visit and we’ve even had some saints from the USA pass through as well. My Swiss yp have absolutely loved having saints visit and they gain so much from it, so please keep on coming.
- BLENDING (outgoing) – one of my main aims was to support the local mainland churches by going to as many conferences as possible. By my calculation, I have missed only two but, apart from that, I have been to every conference in central Europe. In each locality, it was so wonderful to be with the saints, hear their burdens and just support them in prayer. I’m looking forward to attending even more conferences this year.
- LOCAL CHURCH LIFE – this has been my most enjoyable year in the church life. Migrating isn’t easy. Living in Switzerland is definitely not easy yet I have never been tempted to leave the church life. I can honestly say that it has become sweeter, more precious and essential to me. Even during the difficult times, I have always been comforted by the fact that the church is my home, the saints are my family, I am loved and cared for and that we stand as one.
- BEING A YOUNG WORKING SAINT – the transition from student to job-seeker to full-time working saint has been an interesting one. This is my first real job (pension, healthcare etc.) and adjusting to that has definitely been a memorable experience. In the last month I have been fixated on financial planning and career goals and I slowly became less intimate with the Lord. It felt as if the honeymoon period of moving to Switzerland was over and now, I needed to figure out how to be on a day-to-day basis. Honestly, it wasn’t until a few hours ago that I fully snapped out of it. None of these are important. And, after two months of not coming to any conclusion on financial planning and career goals, I realized that I didn’t need to make these decisions alone or even now. I just need to enjoy the Lord and trust in His plan. After all, He got me here without me having to worry about these things, there’s nothing to be stressed about.
There are so many other things I could mention but these are the top five. For the past few months I have been toying with the idea of stopping my blog in favor of a regular more intimate email update (hence the lack of posts). After much consideration, and some persuasion from some avid readers (yes, I’m as shocked as you that these people actually exist), I’ve decided to do both. I’ll try to post on here monthly while the email updates will be weekly or bi-weekly. Anyway I have an idea of who will be on the list but, if you’re especially keen to be on the list, let me know. If not, you’re not then congratulations on dodging a bullet.
Poland starts this weekend and there will be more than 1000 saints attending. Please pray for this camp and all those attending. Much grace to you all.