Church of England Diocese of Chichester Felpham, Saint Mary

Our Jenny in The Gambia is back...

24 Apr 2019, 6 a.m.

A Reflection

When people ask me “How was your trip?” I have no idea how I’ll answer.

They recommend here that you prepare a 1 line, 1 minute and 5 minute answer to the question. Some people are just asking to be kind and polite and only need to hear “It was great” and the conversation will move on. Others will maybe enjoy one story, and then there are some, most likely those who can relate, will be able to enjoy a few anecdotes or thoughts. Mum, if you’re reading this, I am afraid you don’t fit into any of the three categories, although I promise not to do what I used to do on the way home from school and tell you absolutely every detail!!!

I have faced challenges here although right now looking back they are hard to recall. I have served God and I have grown in my faith in return. I have learnt the power of scripture in a new way, and learnt that I enjoy the discipline of daily devotion time. I have eaten enough fish and rice to last a lifetime, gotten relatively close to a crocodile, attended an NGO meeting with government people whilst wearing a t-shirt and feeling super under-dressed, danced around a campfire to african drumming music, the list goes on. God has been so good and I have seen His hand in it all.

With that in mind, I put my trust in God for what comes next. I initially have a couple of weeks to catch up with friends and family, and then head back to the job I left who were gracious enough to give me unpaid leave for this time. Beyond that, I’m in God’s hands.

One thing I have learnt is that mission isn’t just for those you would expect to be useful - the doctors/nurses, teachers and preachers. I have been able to use what I have learnt as an accountant in a few different ways - I have trained a bookkeeper so that the project I was with could continue to run and grow, talked to people starting new business about tax and records, and started discussions within the church network here. God really does equip us uniquely and we can bring whatever we have. 1 Peter 4:10 says “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace”.