These are some thoughts that I was reflecting on during the 4th of July, the day before we flew out. It wasn’t until this day that my thoughts of transition and what it meant were acute and clear. I think it’s very important during times of transition to reflect on where I’ve come from to appreciate where I’m going. This is a process of reflection from the time Tessa and I arrived to Kona in Feb 2015 to when we left July 2018. These are things that I did, things that I didn’t do that I wish I had done, and things that I gained.
What I did do
I led two discipleship training schools, I flew to Panama to visit an outreach team, I did a navigation school and partially staffed one, I started a student call center, I did a Bible core course seminar, I did a leadership development course in Oregon, I attended a UofN workshop in Costa Rica, I did Perspectives course, and I attended a leadership meeting in Canada...
What I didn’t do
I didn’t get to use my passion for filming and photography. I didn’t see the breakthroughs in our student numbers. I didn’t get to see a full change with the culture of staff rotation between school roles and base roles. Connect with the local Hawaiian community.
What I gained
A new drive for church planting. A new passion for Bible study. A new conviction on proclaiming the Gospel. Deeper understanding of the direction for YWAM globally and my place in that movement. A mission to increase student numbers in our DTSes around the world. A heart for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island. A new value and vision for healthy family as a father and husband. A desire for a physically healthier lifestyle.
This is an example of one tool I use to process my transitions. There are other things that I do or people that I connect with that can relate, but this was something that I wanted to share broadly with others as an idea of what was in my head as we moved from Kona. I feel like this has already helped me embrace most of the change I’ve gone through in leaving and am experiencing since arriving here in Nanaimo.