It seems like the entire month of July was spent on the idea of transitioning well and/or finishing strong. Questions were asked such as:
- What relationships can you push into these last weeks – at home, service sites, church, in the neighborhood? And how do you say goodbye well?
- Which of the Mission Year values have you been drawn to more? How will I continue those after Mission Year is over?
- What makes me come alive? What and where am I feeling called to?
- What does it mean to finish strong with my teammates? How can we continue to be honest at the end? What does communication look like once the year is over? How can we celebrate this year together?
All that to say, there was a lot of reflecting and conversating during July. Lots of celebrations – breakfast one last time with Uncle, lunch @ Marcelina’s, meals with co-workers, an open-house at our place,”the last” affirmations and devo.
This culminated in Closing Retreat. Plenty of stories to share from our time in New Braunfels, but suffice to say – much laughter, more reflecting, relaxing by the river, good food, great conversations.
Now, the part many of you have been waiting to hear – I know because it’s the question I’ve been asked since May? April even? – What are you doing next, Kevin?!?!?
Well, turns out I’m staying in Houston! Through a series of events, I applied and was offered a job at my service site, Raul Yzaguirre School for Success as Teacher’s Aide in English at the Primary Academy. Currently looking for housing, staying with some friends. Though I can’t say I love the weather here, I’m excited to continue to mold young minds, explore Houston, enjoy the arts/culture and invest in relationships that I’ve made this year.
Stay tuned for more Houston adventures!