As young adults we experience many changes, it is a time that we start deciding where and what we will be working on for the rest of our lives. We make choices that will allow us to learn and live experiences that we never thought we would have. When I first applied to the GMF program I placed Latin America as my fourth or fifth option. I wanted a “new” cultural experience. Thinking that as a Hispanic in Latin America, I wouldn’t be as challenged if I was a Hispanic in X region. Well, I was wrong.
Living in Argentina for the past nine months has given me the opportunity to grow in many (if not all) aspects of my life, and to value my culture to a higher level. Not only knowing that all the countries are and have different traditions but living it and experiencing it. Growing a deeper love and passion for this region and learning some of the history and traditions that made Latin America.
Wherever God places us in our lives, or whatever road he is leading us to is a great road to be in. As young adults I feel like we are wondering where or what I will be doing in a week, month, year or for the rest of my life. Sometimes wish that we can maybe take an easy road out? Or sometimes wonder why do we have to go through certain life experiences? Recently I saw a verse that confirmed this:
” 3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5”
But the beauty of it is that wherever that may be it will be worth it. The last thing we ought to lose is our hope. Even if we don’t see the plan yet, perseverance builds character and character builds hope. As young adults we continue to persevere and to aim for that hope that Christ has given us. That unknown road will have many detours but it will always guide us back to the main path. Although I applied to be in other regions I’m grateful that I am where I am now. Excited to see what he will continue to do in our lives as young adults serving everywhere!
Global Mission Fellow, Class 2014