The reasons that I wrote the aforementioned blogs are numerous. I believe that sharing our experiences walking with the Lord is integral to supporting other believers in their struggles. As I struggled through my first year of teaching, I essentially came to a fork in the road. Either I was going to follow God and invest in my relationship with Him or I was going to run away from Him and depend on worldly things to pull me through. I praise God that He allowed me to choose Him.
All of us have struggles, but rarely do we go looking to have them. That’s what I did with MTC. Years from now, I hope that I can say that I am glad that I did it. I’m still hurting a bit right now and unsure of whether or not I would go back and do it all over again. However, I know that God has used this experience to teach me about my relationship with Him. It has grown so much over the past two years. I am a completely different person spiritually than I was in 2009. For that, I am thankful.
I am also happy that God has used this to teach me how to teach. I am a much better teacher of His word now. I can relate to many different people of many different backgrounds. I am much more patient. There has been a slough of advantages.
Another great blessing for which I am thankful is how much my wife and I have grown together over this time. She has grown so much spiritually. Now, we feel better equipped to go serve on the mission field.
My MTC experience? God-ordained. Difficult. Frustrating. Necessary.