It was those mission trips that gave me a taste for more overseas experiences. It led me to want to try it for longer. In college I then went as a student missionary for a year to South America. This also proved to be insufficient as I then went on to make a career out of it and have been in Africa for the last ten years.
Besides lifetime friendships and life changing mission trips there were also many teachers who inspired me and helped shape my future. Among the many, one stands out: Michelle Nash. She was a new teacher when I arrived and became our class sponsor. She was involved in everything that our class did and helped shape the relationships we had with the faculty and with each other.
More importantly, Mrs. Nash helped create in me a love of writing. It lay dormant for years, popping up here and there as necessary for certain classes, but not really as a passion. However, when I went to Africa I found myself in experiences so intense, they needed a release to keep myself sane. It was at this moment in my life that I began to write. It saved me. It allowed me to not only survive Africa but to thrive there. It brought me into contact with a larger world and brought that larger world’s resources to the poor country of Chad.
In conclusion, while completely unaware of what was happening at the time, many of my experiences at FLA were shaping my future. From the friendships I was forming, to the missionary endeavors I was enjoying and finally from the teacher who was inspiring, God was shaping my future way back in the past.