Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Opened Eyes, Changed Hearts, Scrambled Minds

by Melanie Rohla

My time in Rwanda has been the best two weeks of my life! I’m so glad and thankful that I got the opportunity to come! I have truly fallen in love with this magnificent country! I am constantly amazed by the beautiful hills, incredible animals, and loving people! As Doug put it, I feel as though I am leaving part of myself here, hidden in the hills.

This trip has truly changed and inspired me in so many ways! When I return home, one of the things I hope to do is learn more about the world’s current events. I don’t want to be sheltered from the rest of the world anymore. I want to be more aware of what’s happening in other nations. 

In addition, after witnessing the poverty in Rwanda, I’m definitely going to try to be grateful for everything I have, and trying not to dwell on what I don’t have. The Water Walk in particular made me think twice about the amount of water I use at home. It’s insane how much I use on a daily basis compared to how much a Rwandan uses, so I hope to be more conscious about that.

These experiences have also inspired me to change my future vocation. Before, I wanted to become an environmental scientist. Now, I’m thinking of something along the lines of a missionary, or possibly working for the UN. What’s interesting to me, though, is that I thought this trip would give me clarity as to what I want to do with my life. But instead, it has given me more questions. There are SO many things we did and learned about during these past two weeks that have fascinated me and that I have developed passions for! With all of these incredible options, I’m extremely excited to see which path God will lead me down.

Again, thank you SO much for all of your love, prayers, and support! 

1 comment:

  1. Yay Melanie! If you had come away from this trip with complete clarity,that would have been great. However, I think it is just as great that you have more questions, because now you are more aware of what you DON'T know. You are now motivated to stay current in world events, for example and explore many other avenues that you probably didn't even know existed! How exciting is that?! And those vocations you thought you were going to pursue and the ones you think you want to explore now, those are not mutually exclusive. Like you said, it is exciting to see where God is leading you, and I feel honored to that you have shared some of that path with us!

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