From Texas to Tana: Lessons for a lifetime - Part VI

Caitlin Red returns home after interning with OM Madagascar since August. Says Caitlin, “In Madagascar, I learnt enough lessons to last me a lifetime.”

Caitlin, a university student from Texas (U.S.), has spent a semester interning in communications with OM in Madagascar. Since August, she’s captured what God is doing through OM on this island off the coast of southeast Africa. The following is the last in a series, written by Caitlin, in which she shares her insights about what it’s like to serve on this diverse and exciting mission field.

Interning with OM Madagascar certainly opened up my worldview. My heart grew and was stretched in ways I never thought possible. I have a better understanding of what it means to love and care for one another. I came to understand the risk of loving someone as Christ would love them; it leaves you changed forever and forces you into action.

Initially, I decided to participate in this internship to gain practical communications experience and also see if I could really do it—meaning, if I could really live on the mission field full-time. I realised, I can't do it—but Jesus can through me. I would encourage any university student in my situation to spend time overseas; it's the best education you can receive! 

In Madagascar, I learnt enough lessons to last me a lifetime. But perhaps the most important one I learnt is that God is not so concerned with where I live and what I do for Him as much as who I am. 

Tomorrow, I board a plane bound for Texas. My journey in Africa has come to a close. I can't wait to see my family and friends at the airport, and I can't wait to tell them all the stories of my time here.

But there is something slightly intimidating about returning to the familiar, when I, myself, am not so familiar anymore. I've changed, while things at home might have stayed the same.

This has worried me for a few days, until I realised how pointless it is to worry. In Matthew 6:27 Jesus asks, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (NIV).

Before I left for Madagascar, I was totally consumed by worry. But now looking back I realise that worrying didn't change the outcome of my experience; worrying doesn't change God's plans for me.

Now heading for home, I can be free to look forward to the future with great expectation, because God's plans for me are good and they can't change.


By Caitlin Red