The Next Step

Maria Niechwiadowicz


Midterm musing originally published on the Global Mission Fellows blog, The Book of Fellows.

This month I had a chance to travel to Japan, along with the 27 other Global Mission Fellows that are placed internationally, to attend our Midterm event.

In August of 2014 we left each other after our training, ready to be sent into the world to engage, connect, and grow in our selected placement sites. This Midterm event stood as a marker, a light at the end of the tunnel, something to look forward to amidst the challenges of engaging in new cultures and the pressure of our jobs. As much as I was excited to pack my bags and head to Japan to reunite with my GMF family, there was resistance in my heart. All activities were up and running at school, but I had to put aside these obligations and leave the classroom and my students for two weeks. I’m not going to lie, it felt inconvenient to…

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