Renee Vaughn-Beaulieu – Poland

With each day that passes everything happening seems to be turning into my life.

Maybe that sentence doesn’t make sense. Let me explain. When I first got to Poland, EVERYTHING was a new experience. From the smaller things like crossing the street, to the bigger things like hearing the Polish language 24/7 and meeting all new people.

Here I am one month later. All of these things are becoming more normal. I am getting used to all of these changes, I am adapting.

Adaption is a beautiful thing. I am feeling less and less like an outsider and more and more a part of this place. I am starting to think of Kołobrzeg, Poland as a part of the list of places I consider home. The people I am constantly surrounded by are starting to feel more and more like an extended family. Even though over half the time I have no clue what they are saying, the smiles on their faces, the kindness in their hearts, the way they include me are all things I understand. No translation needed.

A few weeks ago I felt like I was missing my life. But now, I feel like this IS my life. I am not a passerby, I am not just visiting for a few weeks. I LIVE here, and this place and these people will become a part of me.

No I don’t think I am an expert on Poland or being a student missionary. Trust me, teaching scares me a tiny bit every day. I am always a little afraid that I am going to mess up, run out of things to do or my biggest fear, that my students won’t learn anything from me. Also I know there is still so many more new things to experience and people to meet. I honestly can’t wait.

God has seriously blessed me in being in this place. Every single day is so different. Yeah I am getting used to be pattern, but teaching is a daily adventure. Also if you have talked to me, you know that my typical day depends on what day of the week it is. Honestly I love this. No matter how ordinary this all becomes, each day of the week presents something different to look forward to.

Of course I miss my home, my school and my friends. But I am not too sad about it. I know God is using all of us and has us where we are for a reason. I am thankful for all of the blessings He is giving you, whether you are whether in the States, abroad or in Poland with me.


*This was originally posted on Renee Vaughn-Beaulieu’s’ blog on October 6, 2014.  Renee is a student missionary from Pacific Union College serving as an ESL and Bible teacher at The School by the Sea in Poland.  This has been re-posted with her permission.

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