Amy Knuver is a thrift store scrounger, a coffee shop enthusiast, and a lover of watercolor painting who spends her days with 22 inner-city fourth graders who call her Miss K.
Amy loves to cook but hates to eat alone so when she’s not teaching, she can be found whipping up a new recipe for friends. God placed the dream of teaching in her heart years ago. Over time, this dream has evolved from teaching overseas in West Africa to now teaching in an urban school back in the States.
IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY A SHIFT IN YOUR DREAM, THIS WAS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.
Amy Knuver came on the podcast all the way back in August of 2016. At the time, she was headed to Togo, West Africa to pursue her dream of teaching overseas. In that early episode of the podcast, she was struggling with a belief that her flaws and personal challenges might disqualify her from ministry.
This week she’s back with an update on how that first year in Togo went and what unexpectedly shifted within her while she was there. She talks about how she handled the shift in her dream, how difficult circumstances have and are shaping her, and about trusting God as provider even when you don’t see His provision in the timing you expect.
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But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength,
so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed…
~ 2 Timothy 4:17 (NIV)
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ's power may rest on me.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
How Amy’s year began in Togo [4:56]
On getting to use gifts she hadn’t used in a while [5:40]
Realizing her calling in Togo wasn’t going to be long-term [6:53]
Wrestling with what to do with that realization [7:10]
Guilt about coming home before she said she would [7:48]
Interviewing craziness for jobs back in the U.S. [9:40]
How God showed Himself in the process of her coming home [11:43]
Feeling like a failure [13:18]
God’s “delay” in answering her prayers was a blessing [13:46]
What she’s doing now with her gifts and passions [16:22]
The mission field of an inner-city school [16:30]
How knowing the culture and the language makes us all missionaries right where we are [18:05]
Seeing Christ’s strength in her weaknesses [21:35]
Trust God with the details [22:40]
Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you’re the one called to fulfill that need [22:40]
How being in Togo caused her to rely on God in a new way [25:27]
Continuing to surrender even when she wants to control [27:16]
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