Poco a Poco

I am officially a student again.  I took my first test in almost 18 years last week. While I am learning a lot, I am also learning that there is so much I don’t know, and if I focus on that, I can easily get overwhelmed.

“Poco a poco [little by little] Sarah, you will get there,” a friend says to me.

I live with a Costa Rican family.  Their house is about a 10 minute walk to the school. Class is Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 12:00 pm.  I am taking two classes.  The first one in the morning is an oral expression and phonetics class. There are 4 people including myself in this class. The second class is a grammar course with 8 total people.  I also have a couple of hours of homework and studying to do each day. On Tuesday and Thursdays we have chapel during our break where speakers come to encourage us and we have a time to worship.   The school is very intentional about pouring into the students spiritually, emotionally and linguistically.


However, because God is a redeemer.  I am not here to just learn Spanish.  God could give me the supernatural ability to make me fluent in Spanish at any moment and anywhere, but He has chosen not too.  Trust me, I have asked Him for it.

I’m here because there is a little… (more like a lot) more sanctifying He needs to do in me before I go to the Dominican Republic.

I’m here because God has some more He needs to teach me about myself and Him.

I learned how to introduce myself and describe objects in the class room and felt like I was nailing Spanish, then I go to church and couldn’t understand one word the preacher said except maybe “Hola!” Discouraged. I remember.

Poco a poco.

It’s in the places where we are the most uncomfortable and vulnerable that God is doing the most work.  It’s in the places where we are stretched beyond capacity that growth happens.  God doesn’t need me to master Spanish to find Him but I believe He will use it to draw me closer to Him.  That is our purpose.  To know Him and be known by Him.

I am learning a little more what God has for me each day.  About Spanish, about Him and about myself.

“Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They’ll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!” ~Zechariah 4:10

Thank you for your prayers. I plan on being in school here in Costa Rica until after Thanksgiving and will keep everyone posted as my timing to the Dominican Republic unfolds.

Poco a Poco


2 thoughts on “Poco a Poco

  1. Mick Noland says:

    Hi Sarah! I can’t give you any advice on foreign language but I do admire your commitment to complete the classes because you know it will lead you down a different (and more fulfilling) path than if you don’t. You rock!

    Love you, Uncle Mick


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