I really did not know what to expect at all. I knew that any expectations I had would be shaken once I got to Uganda and would most likely leave me broken and disappointed. So I decided to, as much as I was capable of, have no expectations of my semester abroad beside expecting for God to work in those four months. It was incredibly difficult most days but I truly believe it left me more free to experience my semester for all God intended it to be.
As I stood in a circle of friends my last night in the city, I was sad and emotional, but also so aware the Lord was showing me direct evidence of the fruits of my labor. That he was whispering, "Well done. This is how it's supposed to be. This is how life is meant to be lived. It's going to hurt sometimes, because when you invest, it does. But the fact that it hurts so much means you did it right."
One of the biggest changes for me has been shifting the focus from just teaching the stories of the Bible to teaching kids about the real hero of each of those stories, God. Even though we see Noah, Abraham, Joseph, David, Daniel, Paul as the central figures in their stories, God is the person central to everything including our story. Kids need to see God in all His greatness, complexity and wonder.