The time has come, and I am coming home. I can't believe my 18 months here is up. The time went by so fast. Everyone said it would, but I didn't believe them. Now I understand. I can't believe next week I will be home. I will be going to the office on Sunday after church. So I am in my final days as a missionary.
There is so much I that I want to say, but I cant put all my feelings into words. I am so thankful that I served my mission. These last 18 months have been the best experience of my life. I am so humbled that the Lord trusted me to teach and serve his children here in the Philippines. I have come to love this county and this people with all my heart. Sadly I will have to leave it this week. I will miss everything. I really tried to embrace the culture and it has been so rewarding. Being here in has humbled me more that I think I realize. It was such a eye opening experience to serve here. These people have so little, but they love the Lord. I will miss everything about this place, except maybe the mosquitoes hahahaha #dengue. And now I have to say goodbye to the country I love.
I want to thank you all for the support, love and prayers in my behalf these last 18 months. I have felt your love and strength. I thank you all for the emails as well. I am so excited to see you all soon. The time has finally come for reunions and hugs. I have missed you all alot, but the work here was so rewarding. It was the best choice I have made in my life to sacrifice my everything to the service of the Lord. I can't say that I was a perfect missionary, but I really did try my hardest to be my best and make everyday count.
I have so many fun stories and experiences I can't wait to share to you guys. This mission has been so fun. Just full of ups and downs, but mostly ups and lots of laughter :) I am thankful for all the friendships that I have made and all the people I got to meet. Especially those whose lives changed by our message. I am humbled to have met and taught lots of people prepared by the Lord. I don't measure success by numbers, but the fact that I felt the spirit guide me throughout my mission, was success enough for me.
Ok this email is starting to sound like a homecoming talk. So I guess I just better close with a testimony. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know he is our Savior and Redeemer. It has been humbling to see his hand in my life during this mission. I am so thankful that I was able to be his servant these last 18 months. I know the service doesn't stop here. The things I have learned here will be with me forever. My name tag will be forever written on my heart. "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2tim 4:6-7)
I love you all so much. Thanks again for everything. See you soon!!!
Sister Katie Miggin
Philippines Iloilo Mission