|Abigail (center) with EM cross-cultural interns|
The knowledge I learned from this class was super helpful in Atlanta. Atlanta, Georgia is the birthplace of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. and home of the King Center. Every Monday morning the first thing we did with our teams of high schoolers who came was to take them to the King Center. This was so that they knew more about the area that they were serving in and also more about the Civil Rights Movement. I know I appreciated these visits more because of this class. Also, the pastor of our church would often sit our teams down and talk about how to build bridges instead of walls when it came to the tough subjects of race, religion, and politics. In Harlem, one of my coworkers quickly discovered we lived across the street from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Again, we took teams there, so that they would be more educated and again, I appreciated the visit more because of this class.
I did not actually realize some of the other ways that God had prepared me to go until after I came home. I realized that God had prepared me for city street evangelism by taking me to Ashville, North Carolina on a mission trip over spring break. God prepared me for the sheer business of New York City by first letting me serve in Atlanta. I realized that my business classes could actually be helpful on the mission field as I worked on budgets. My event planning skills from working at a country club came through with the attention to detail I was able to implement into our schedules.
My summer was hard, I cried, and at times I wanted to quit. I saw things I wish I could unsee, but at the same time know that I do not want to unsee because I know it has changed me to be a better person. I know that God will use all that I experienced this summer in my future and that nothing is wasted with God. I am amazed at what God can do when we are willing to have our comfort zones shattered.