My name is Isabel Sitali Ngenda. Born from the family of three and being the last is such a blessing for me. I praise God all the days of my life. All the way from Livingstone am honored to be part of the 2017 Immersion Internship that is taking place in Choma, Zambia.
It has been such a roller coaster from the word go. This has been the deepest experience of ministry; I would consider this as ministry in its climax stage. There is a very big difference when am doing ministry back home than here. Back home, I am ministering to people who have seen me grow and it`s hard because they know me of my past ways. Given a chance I would love to minister to my own people, but hey! We all ought to listen to what God is calling us to. I was placed in the knitting ministry with two other interns. This ministry is about empowering men and women to be agents of change in their communities.
Two weeks ago, we had three groups from the USA come to participate in an Immersion Trip with us here in Zambia. There was a large number of people serving on our base (teams from the USA; the Ransom Church, Indiana Wesleyan University and the New Life Church} it was more than fifty people living in one place. Music, being my biggest passion I learned much from the teams that came, I took part in the 2017 music camp, and (caught by surprise!) I was assigned to assist with vocals. I must say I was amazed by the turn out of people and just to see how young people accept Jesus in their lives.
I am an extroverted-introvert. I gain my energy both ways, and coming from a small home, I love my space and time. It turns out that my limits are pulled extremely hard such that they snap sometimes, and living with twenty others, from four nations, in the same age-group, and different cultures- it`s hard to correct each other. Though, the biggest challenge am still facing is being away from my daughter for three months. All this is achieved by self-control, love and selflessness.
It has been helpful to refer my struggles to the lessons we have been having so far, and having to talk with my mentor. We’ve had different teachers every week who teach on specific topics. When I put all that together it makes up something vital that will help me for the rest of my life and even pass on to my family.
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Isabel Ngenda • 2017 International Immersion Intern