This was my second year in Madagascar working for the same company. The work was very hard and I had to put in long hectic hours every day. In the course of my work I met so many interesting people that I couldn't imagine meeting in Korea. I loved my new life, my new friends and my social circle.
When I was in my early 20s vacationing in Philippine, I had prayed to God that I wanted to live one complete year for the benefit of others before I turned 30 years old. By the end of 2004, I realized I was 26 years old. The thought of that prayer was constantly in my mind so I was on the lookout for that kind of opportunity that year.
I found out about a medical NGO in Madagascar for the medical welfare of the Madagascan people. I decided to make one of the boldest decisions of my life. I left my comfort zone by leaving the job I already had and applied to join that NGO. Many people thought I had gone crazy by leaving such a nice job which was a tough one but paid so well. I feared that I would be back to square one with no money and no saving but then I realized that I was young and could always switch back to my old job if I was in trouble.
Once I made peace with my heart I was very happy working for that particular NGO which had a very cool work description. They helped the poor who didn’t have access to any proper medical facilities. The NGO had a mobile clinic which visited villages and gave people basic medical help at their door step.
I was lucky that I spoke three languages. I was not a master of all three but spoke them better than everybody else I knew in the NGO. Therefore, I frequently helped the administration with documentation and written procedures. At that time, I helped this NGO with a big lawsuit by going to court and fighting for the rights of the poor people. This gave me an amazing internal feeling that I cannot explain.
I had left a luxurious life that I was living that previous year. I had to move to a smaller house leaving my big house in a safe colony. I had started to shop from a local market which I didn’t do in my first year in Madagascar. However, this paradigm shift taught me a lot about survival techniques for the future. It taught me how to bargain and how to save money from every angle possible.
I also had to travel on a local bus which was scary at first as the people stared at my foreign face but later I got used to it. Traveling on the local bus every day became a routine and easier as time went on. I lived outside my comfort zone for a year which made me learn so many things about myself and the means of survival. The only difficulty was the lack of money but it was covered by the blessings I received. The number of friends I made on this journey was an amazing experience. Every friend I made had something to teach which was a blessing in disguise. I had complete trust in God, and I knew that he would pull me out of all the financial difficulties I could ever face.