I spent 15 years of my life growing up in a small, isolated, sheltered town. I grew up a small, isolated, sheltered girl.
I call my hometown my Mother. Mine wasn’t around when I grew up (just my Dad), so I adopted her as my own. I needed someone to look up to, someone to learn from, someone to teach me how to be a woman.
People must know what it feels like to live in a small town – oh, the things it does to you! Always being afraid of what you wear to the supermarket in case you see someone you know. Everyone knowing your business – every single sin in detail. Having about 5 friends and never meeting anyone new.
As soon as I could, I left – and God helped me leave. I was accepted into a Bible College, and on Valentines Day 2014, I got outta there.
Hello, Auckland. 1 million new faces. Cultures. Personalities. Lives.
Auckland, for me, wasn’t just Bible College. I needed to leave home. Like a butterfly trapped under a glass – it could move with bent wings and little space. But that’s not what butterflies are designed to do. They need wind under their wings to fly properly. I was stuck in this stupid small space that gave me no room to breathe.
Thank God, I made it out of there.
I expected Bible College to be the greatest thing that happened in Auckland, but it wasn’t. It was the fact that I was in Auckland, that I had left home and finally matured as a person. Bible College got me there, but for a much greater reason that to just get a certificate in Christian ministry.
Mother, I don’t miss you anymore.
I miss Auckland. It was one mighty fine adventure.