They told me to be prepared for culture shock, loneliness, homesickness and low-grade discouragement. What they failed to prepare me for was the fact that I would meet people who would change my life forever, and I would end up staying not just two years, but four and a half years.
Within my first couple of days on Austrian soil, deep friendship was already being sown. Bouncing with energy and a welcoming smile, I felt like I had known her my whole life. She couldn’t wait to introduce me to her favorite warm fudge brownie from McDonald’s. In the end, we shared more than brownies, but the most transformational chapters of our young lives together. She stood beside me on my wedding day. A treasured friend, directly from the heart of God, and a surprise gift I never expected when I decided to plant myself in a country where I knew no one.
I’ll never forget the years in South Africa either. My husband and I barely married a month, and already I was forced to acclimate to a new country and a new community. I couldn’t bear the thought of having to forge new friendships.
Today, I’m so excited to be sharing on the MOPS international blog! Please join me here to read the rest and find out what happens when we take the most important risk of being ourselves, staying vulnerable, and inviting others into our lives.