Sunday, 21 July 2013

A New Season

I finally feel that I have a well good reason to use my blog that has been sitting here for the last couple of years.  I have changed the colour, background, fonts and all those pretty fun things on the page for the occasion ... YAY!

For the past few weeks I have been adjusting and preparing for a new season in my life.  The new season in my life, as some of you already know, is leaving the beautiful and charming homeland of New Zealand and heading for a job, finally, in the near east ... BANGLADESH!  I know, why would I go to Bangladesh, of all the places, who would of thought, right?

First of all: This has been an answer to numerous prayers, although, as I am sure that it is only human, I thought the answers would look a lot different and I would be clever enough to direct the circumstances to what I thought was the right path to go on for my prayers to be answered. I was wrong of course. Most of my prayers consisted of repeating the following 1) I need a paid job, 2) I want to go into Asia (potentially China), and  3) I need somewhere to live. The answer; I received a job offer in Asia, which in turn widens the connections and other international opportunities in Asia and across the non-western world (the bigger picture) .... and they, the school provide me with accommodation.

Right.  The purpose for this blog is to share how I am loving life and living life for those who are simply curious about the day and the life of someone who simply lives life and for those that want to stay connected but, do not have time to read the mass emails that are filling up their email inbox.

So now,  I have been offered and have accepted a job as a secondary ICT and Performing ARTS teacher at a Christian school called, Grace International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh (link below). 40% missionary kids 40% ex-pat kids and 20% other.

I'm so excited, bewildered, scared, walking into the unknown with little and no other contacts, apart from the two staff members who have stayed over the summer holidays.  I take comfort in remembering certain phrases such as, "Bite of more than you can chew and chew like billio!" and my favourite one is, "Trust in the Lord in all your ways and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths - Judaic Proverb".  Hanging on to the latter proverb has given me confidence throughout my life and after this last small season, I am humbled by how powerful it has become to me.

There are prayer requests and small challenges that have arisen since accepting the job. Although, the school is paying and booking my flights, it still doesn't mean I just sit back, pack my bags and wait completely.

Funding for my vaccinations and insurance is crazy expensive, and are therefore are at the top of my concerned list at the moment, especially when one has had their work hours cut.  Everything works together for good for those who love the Lord, so I'm concerned enough to actually search out prices, good deals and doctors, but not too worried to panic and waste my time fretting.

I also have to learn a new curriculum, understand secondary computing skills and plan for secondary students. Oh and then there is the food ... I heard I will certainly get "Delhi (Dhaka) belly" ... I'm not looking forward to those first few days.

Over all - I am amazed at how I have turned out, humbled by the blessings that I have. I am so blessed to have so many good things and people around me and about the timing of this whole advent. I have really been spoilt more than what I deserve, especially when I really think about what I can live without.

Your prayers, encouragement, advice, details of potential contacts in Dhaka and emails are more than welcome.


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