Thanks to Jessica Peters for today’s special guest post!
My name is Jessica Peters and I am a friend of Monica’s , who I got to know through the Masters Commission program in Regina SK. We were roommates for 8 months, and I was privileged to get to know and spend time, with such a wonderful person 🙂
So, a little bit about me. I am a MK (missionary kid) and also a PK (Pastors kid) and have lived on the mission field with my family, for the last 12 ½ years. The majority of my childhood memories take place in the little village I live in, that is pretty in much the middle of nowhere…..
I absolutely love living on the mission field, and even though I was back in Canada for bible school, I knew that I was called to stay in Guatemala on a long-term basis, serving the people of this community.
Many of you may be asking what I do, so I will tell you!
I am en ESL teacher in the five elementary schools that my parents run. Yes, five schools! I teach grades 4-7 in each school. Meaning, I spend all 5 days of the week going from school to school, teaching 450 students a little bit of English. The kids are wonderful and lots of fun!
Because I live in a third world country, every day I am surrounded by poverty. Each of my students come from very poor families, and have never known what it´s like to live in abundance. Many of them come to school hungry, and the only meal they eat all day, is the one they receive at school, some black beans, rice and corn tortillas.
But the thing that gets me every time, is the thankfulness I see in their hearts. Every day, when I am in the kitchen at the different schools, serving hundreds of plates full of some plain black beans and some white rice, I listen to each child say ¨thank you¨ as they line up to get their food. And it´s not just a ¨thank you¨ that is said out of etiquette, they truly are thankful for what they are receiving.
I thank God for the opportunity to be constantly living in an environment that reminds me of how much I need to be thankful for. I have a roof over my head, shoes on my feet and hot meals on my table each day. I have clothes that aren´t dirty and covered in holes. I have a mom and dad who love me and treat me well, which is more than I can say for many of my students.
As North Americans, we are so blessed by what we have, and yet, so many times we take it for granted. God has given us so much to be thankful for, and I pray that I will always remember how blessed I am.
So to all of you who are reading this, I just want to encourage you to take a moment to look around you, and see the things that God has blessed you with. To thank him for the country you were born in, and for the opportunities you were given. May you continue to use them for His glory and for His Kingdom.
May God bless you,
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