Thomas is on a short term mission with WEC in southeast Asia. He took time out from his work to tell us how he’s getting on.
WEC: So what are you up to?
Thomas: I'm using my skills as a qualified English teacher to help in a school for vulnerable children. If any English documents need checking, I often get that task too!
WEC: What prompted you to go?
Thomas: I helped at a WEC Teen Camp a few years ago. As a result of it, I felt compelled to pray about whether God wanted me to go anywhere as a missionary. Southeast Asia was the answer.
‘God doesn't want superheroes; he wants obedience.'
WEC: What’s been the best part of your mission so far?
Thomas: The best part is without a doubt the people I've met. The team are amazing and developing friendships with local people has been a huge blessing. The food's pretty good too.
WEC: And what’s challenged you?
Thomas: I've realised how little I'm needed; that God's plan and blessings do not rely on me and how good I am. This is fortunate, because moving to another culture really shows how much you have to learn. It's humbling that, despite my failings, God decides to use me.
WEC: Are you planning to make any changes when you get home?
Thomas: I hope I will be more aware of God's daily blessings. They're often easy to overlook when you're in the comfort of your own culture. I've learnt that God doesn't want superheroes; he wants obedience. That's something we can all do, wherever we are, but it's certainly something I’ll still need to work on.
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