For the past two years, I have been the children's chruch leader at a sunday church, called Asland Terrance Christian church. I have grown to love the church and those children in so many ways. Now don't get me wrong there were those Sundays that I did not want to get out of bed and just wanted to sleep in, but I drug myself out of bed and off to Ashland Terrance. Each day bought forth new adventures and challenges and I loved every minute of it. I loved when the children had questions, because it meant they were curious about the Bible. I loved talking to them each week and getting to know them on individual basis. These children slowly became another family to me, it was like have 6 new little brothers and sisters that I could play with and teach a watch grow. I have watched these kids grow it is amazing how much a difference if made when the 6 year olds are now turning 8 and the 9 years are turning 11. It has been amazing to watch this children grow into little adults for the past two years. However, about three weeks I ago I had to tell these children of mine that I was not coming back next year. That instead I was going to the island of Palau to teach other children about Jesus. That is a hard conversation to have with 7 - 12 year olds. Now today was my last Sunday with the church and these children whom I love so dearly. My children with the help of the adults, threw me a pizza good-bye party and the church blessed me with donations to my trip which will help in so many ways. After the party was over and it was time to leave, all the children huged me good bye and took my email adress and gave me their email address. Some told me, "we love you Miss Meggan," others asked if I would stay. After the children left the classroom, I cleaned up the room just like I normally do, I pushed in all the chairs and picked up all the chairs. Than when the room was clean. I turned off the light for the last time. As I turned off the light for the last time I looked around the room and that feeling of sadness and emptyness came over me, for I realized this is the last time I will get to teach these children. They will now have a teacher who grow to loves these children, the same way I grew to love these children. As I stood in the classroom, in a moment of silence I than step out of the classroom and close the door and steped outside to embark on the new journey that is ahead of me. Because as when ever God closes one door another door is waiting to be entered. I do miss my children at Ashland Terrance, but I am ready to go on my next journey to Palau to teach more children about God and His amazing love. I know God will bless in so many ways this next year, just like He has blessed me these past year. I will continue to pray for my children and hope that they all grow up loving Lord. These children will forever and always be part of my life that I will never forget.
Christmas Letter 2016
7 months ago