“We Don’t Remember Days, but Memories”
The quote above is posted in the common area at GlenCastle and it is so true. I have spent the last 2 years in Atlanta learning to love God and love people better. So how I do measure the last two amazing and life-changing years? In minutes (1,051,898 minutes to be exact)? In accomplishments? In milestones? What is it?
A church friend recently asked me if I have “accomplished” what I originally came to do. I thought about it and said no. Here is why. I know I wanted to do Mission Year and I knew that I wanted to be in Atlanta. After reading a few blogs from former Mission Year members, I built this idea of what Mission Year would look like for me. And with my sociology degree, I felt like I knew it all already.
Wow, was I so wrong.
One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that I actually do not know much at all. Matter of fact, my neighbors were the actual teachers. I really had to come to place to see that I do not have all the answers and learn that my neighbors had something to offer to me. I needed my neighbors to teach me a lifestyle of generosity, solidarity, racial reconciliation, intentionality, love and faith. Those things I would have never learned by myself or by any text book.
It was through the daily conversations & interactions that these lessons were learned. So back to the original question, the answer is no, cannot say that I accomplished what I originally intended to accomplish. I don’t think I’ll really understand the extent of the impact on the people I have built relationships with.
I know that I have changed, learned a lot and have gained some new thoughts of a lot of things. I have experienced God in new ways and I have learned how to love those around me, not just be their case manager. I am grateful for my neighbors and friends who have journeyed with me for the last two years. I will hold the memories and the valuable lessons in my heart for the rest of my life.
Tiffany Wong is an alum-intern with the Oakland City team in Atlanta, Georgia. Previous to this, she was a team member on the English Ave. team also in Atlanta. Tiffany is from Oakland, CA and a graduate of Vanguard University.