Blog Update: Abby Zwicky

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I’ve been struggling with a way to accurately sum up the more important things that have been happening in my life since I’ve been here, the spiritual growth and character development I have gone through. Going into this trip, I had no idea what to expect, and I had my doubts as to whether or not I was making the right decision in going. Everyone’s excitement to have me come did little to quench the trepidation I felt in my heart about not knowing what I’d be doing, who I’d be living with, and whether I’d develop any kind of meaningful relationships. During my first week in Ireland, however, God very graciously reminded me that I am not here in order to get something out of the trip for myself. I am here to serve Him and bring Him glory, and I can do that no matter what I’m doing or how lonely I am. He reminded me I need to trust that, when He has called me to something, He will provide in His perfect way.

 

Since that first week, God has continued to bless me through the people I meet at City Church. I have never been among a group of people who so truly exemplify what Christian community ought to be. Though this is only my third week here, I already feel like I am a part of the family, for family is really the best way to describe it. Most of them are in Dublin for less than two years, due either to the length of their job or their education, but they do not let this hinder them from giving their all to the church and those who are a part of it. The people who stay at City Church see the value of committing to a church wholeheartedly, despite any time limits they may have. This has been a great encouragement to me to step out of my semi-introvert bubble, stop worrying about the awkwardness of getting to know new people, and invest in deep, meaningful relationships.

 

Through these experiences, God has been gradually pushing me out of my comfort zone (though there’s still a long way to go!), showing me that when I give up my fears and insecurities to Him, He gives me strength to do what I thought was impossible. Six months ago, I would have never imagined myself in Ireland doing ministry; I was all set with my quiet life, working and spending time with family and friends, and generally not doing anything too exciting. I was quite comfortable in this life, but God had a different plan. And now that I’m not quite so terrified of it as I once was, I’m really glad He did.

 

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly that all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20-21