This Road is sure bumpy!

I knew coming to Korea wouldn’t be easy but I didn’t know it would be so much of a struggle as this! How long will these bumps last for? I have been here for over a month now and it has been a real challenge. I had to learn to adjust not only to living on my own in a new culture that I am not familiar with but also teaching full-time for the first time at a school. I think I am finally getting over the overwhelming stage of living on my own and getting around the city!
I am enjoying my time at the school teaching the children English but I have really been struggling with it. My kindergarten class I  teach I have for the majority of my day from 9:30am – 2:20pm. I now have eight children in my class. I had two afternoon classes but unfortunately I am lost one class (that was very disappointing to hear). My afternoon classes I have 7-10 children in those classes and my classes are an hour and 20 minutes each. The chidren are in grades 1 and 2 and I am teaching them reading. Recently (Nov 2) I got good news! Starting next Tuesday (Nov 8) I will start teaching a brand new class! I am excited for this but I know it will be very challenging for me (especially that they are the beginning stage of learning the language).
My supervisors are really encouraging and they see potential in me to become a good teacher but I also have a lot of weakness that I need to overcome. I have always struggled with having a lack of confidence in myself but I believe that God is using this time to help me place my full confidence in Him to walk and speak more confidently of who He created me to be. This is my first time teaching, so I have a lot of things I need to work on. Some of the things I’m struggling with that I really need prayer for are: to have better classroom management skills (discipling the children), my spelling (I have always struggled with spelling), to lead better classroom discussions and to have more creative ideas for activities to use in my lessons and to have a closer connection with the children (some of the children  I only see once a week I still don’t know all of their names!). I have had many overwhelming and discouraging times to the point of tears. I worry way too much but at the same time I must improve (my teaching skills) – that’s crucial!
After searching four different churches here. I finally found a home church that I really like! I am going to Onnuri church at the Yangjae campus at their English ministry service. I am blown away by the church here in Seoul, Korea! The church I go to has 10,000 people who attend and this is normal here! I went through a time of loneliness from lack of intimate fellowship with other Christians. Since my time in Korea I realized the importance of having that time of fellowship with other Christians by spending time with them, in a small group or just sharing and praying for each other. I am starting to meet people at church but I’d really like to build those close relationships with people at church. Please pray for that!
God is definitely doing a refining work in me. He is building my character and so much more during this time. I am also learning to daily come to Him with that child like faith. It is only by faith in Him that I can do what I am doing here, no other way! I am learning so much about myself during this time.
Thank-you so much for your encouragement and prayers! I appreciate it far more then what I could possibiltiy put into words! I miss everyone so much!
Well that’s it for now! Please view my recent photos I just put up from Korea! Don’t forget to write comments!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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3 Responses to This Road is sure bumpy!

  1. Anna says:

    Hey Andrea,Keep up the good work. The pictures are awesome. The kids are soooo cute. All the best. Love ya sis!Anna

  2. Caitlin says:

    I can’t imagine doing what you’re doing. I’d be terrified! I really admire your strength. I’ll definately be praying for improvement in your teaching… I’m sure these things come with practice though.Glad you found a church! That sounds amazing. I’ve never been to a church that big. Praise God for the work he’s doing in Korea!Well, have fun. God Bless!

  3. young says:

    hi dear,
    I’m glad to meet you
    I’m look up to you
    really, I’m affected to you
    can I get to know you?
    to me honor if you contact with me
    I’m moroccan origin, I was in korea last year
    my job hairdresser stylist
    I’m waiting your answer               thanks hideh.
     

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