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Sharing in Christ's Suffering

In January of 2016 I was vacationing with my family in Hawaii. It was the first time I had seen them in nearly five months, and while I was enjoying my time swimming, exploring, and relaxing with them, I had this decision looming over my head. Should I return to New Zealand for a second year on staff, or would this be my last four months in the country?

I could see my decision going either way. Living in New Zealand felt like I put my life in America on hold. My peers were out there getting jobs, moving in and out of apartments, and figuring out this post-graduation life. I was still living on a college schedule, and physically living with college students. It felt like a gap year before adulthood, and I wasn't sure if two years would be too long or set me back in my career.

At the same time, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do back in the States. As an English major who later found a passion for podcasting and journalism, I had vague ideas of getting a proper New York City job…

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