Written by Karina Winkelman Kansas City Fellow – Class of 2016-2017
Imagine this: You hop in a car full of your possessions. You drive eight hours to a city you’ve never been to before full of people you’ve never met before. You live in a house that isn’t yours. You begin full-time work at a small company in an industry that’s new to you. You walk into an established church community. You face and seek to understand a city’s brokenness by serving at a local organization. You attempt to contribute thoughtful responses to challenging questions as you sit in a classroom with eleven of your peers.
Can you see it?
That’s been my past month. Talk about change and transition.
Once more, imagine this: You hop in a car full of your possessions. You drive eight hours to a city you’ve never been to before full of people you’ve never met before.You are given a room to call your own and a place to call home. You get to laugh with new co-workers and solve problems in ways you never expected you would. You are welcomed into a Spirit-led church through open homes, delicious meals and encouraging conversation. You see opportunity after opportunity for God to redeem a city’s brokenness by using selfless individuals and organizations. You garner new insight and form new thoughts on life’s most important questions by engaging in meaningful conversation with eleven of your peers who have quickly become wonderful friends.
Can you see it?
That’s also been my past month. Talk about grace, hospitality, growth and community.
Many times throughout this past month I have forgotten how much change and transition has happened in my life because I have been blown away by the grace, hospitality, growth and community I have been blessed to receive. I’m not saying it’s been overwhelmingly easy but I know change and transition aren’t often accompanied by all the extras I have been given as a part of the KC Fellows program.
Thanks for going on an imaginative journey through my past month. For anyone, life after college is full of challenging change and transition. I am so grateful that I chose the KC Fellows program to be part of this next chapter in my life story.