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CALEB MAAT: Final Update!

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “CALEB MAAT: Final Update!”

REFLECTING BACK

What can I say? This summer has been a wild adventure. It still hasn’t hit me yet that were going on our last week of the internship. Choma is my home now! I feel like I’ve been here for years already. The Lord has done so much since I first stepped foot on the plane out of the States. He’s taught me new things, grown me in new ways, and humbled me at every turn. Before I left for Zambia, I prayed that the Lord would teach me 2 things specifically. First of all, how to pray at a more intimate level. Up until this trip, my relationship with the Lord hasn’t been all that personal. Being surrounded by His presence this summer, being His hands and feet, by serving the Choma community, the Lord has become more personal to me. The process of growing closer to Him on a personal level is still an ongoing process for me, but I have had a great start during this internship. The second thing I wanted to grow in during my time here in Zambia was how to be in a community of believers again. A long time ago, my family and I were cast out of a church for reasons I won’t go into. Because of this, my trust of faith communities dwindled and died away. It took many years to heal and be able to trust other Christians again. Applying for this internship, I knew that I would have no other choice but to not only trust a group of believers again, but work alongside them. I can happily say now that I feel at home with the other interns, and I pray that the healing I received this summer will continue on when I’m back home. I have grown so much the past 3 months; these are just 2 of the way I’ve grown the most. I have deeply enjoyed and treasured the relationships I gained in Choma. Relationships and experiences I would never trade.




I’m excited to go home and see my family, but I’m also sad to leave this place. There have already been some bitter goodbyes, and the most painful goodbyes will be to the other interns when we fly out separate ways home. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for when I’m home. If one thing is crystal clear to me though, it is that I will definitely come back to Zambia/Africa soon enough. Until then, I’m pumped to share what I’ve learned and experienced with my friends and family back home. This internship has been a cornerstone in my life, and I’m sure I’ll look back on it for years and years to come. Thank you for keeping up with my journey! God Bless.

-Maatie

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Caleb Maat • 2017 International Immersion Intern

CALEB MAAT – Second Update!

July 24th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “CALEB MAAT – Second Update!”


Hello there family and friends, its Maatie again. Another month of the internship in the books, one more month to go! Let me share with you what’s been happening in my walk with the Lord the last couple weeks. This journey has taught me many things, but I’ll give you the highlights and save the other juicy stuff for in person.


This past week, our team went on outreach to Mongochi, Malawi for 10 days. It was like a little mission trip for all of us, getting away from our base in Choma for a while. Now, Malawi is a Muslim dominated country. This was the first time I have ever been to a place where Christianity isn’t the main belief. Being surrounded by Muslims made me a little anxious at first, but towards the end of the trip it wasn’t a problem for me anymore. One thing that defiantly surprised me was how open the Muslim people can be to hearing the word of Christ. In some instances, some villagers would come to bible study immediately after coming from praying at the Mosque. These people, even though raised Muslim, were hungry to hear the good news of Jesus. It blew me away. Every morning and afternoon we went out into small villages in teams of 4 to do DBS (Discover Bible Study) with anyone who wanted to join. Most importantly, I learned how important it is that people come to discover Jesus on their own, through holy discussion of God’s word with other believers. In one bible study, we were finishing up and taking prayer requests, when one woman asked us to pray for her son who was having stomach pains. Prayer requests for healing are very normal here in Africa, something I’ve never really experienced in the states. Anyways, after we finished praying for her son, the leader of my group, Pastor Rhoda, grabbed the mother, and laid her down. She looked over to me and said “this woman is manifesting and evil spirit, we must start praying”. This shocked me. I have heard before, and believe in evil spirits, but never been in contact with someone who had one. I said a silent prayer for courage for myself, then joined the others in praying for this woman. We prayed all at once, aloud, banishing this spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. After many minutes, the woman sat up, freed. With a smile on her face, we could tell the Lord had taken the evil spirit out of her. I stood there in awe for a while, processing what I had just saw. Shortly after we finished praying, the woman said she wanted to accept Jesus as her savior. Pastor Rhoda led her through a confession prayer. At that moment we gained another sister in Christ. This was the highlight of the trip to Malawi for me, an experience I will not soon forget.




I learned to lean on God. That praying for healing, or praying to banish an evil spirit, takes a leap of faith from me as much as it does for the person being prayed for. The Lord is active and present, and the Holy Spirit dwells in each one of us who accept Him. What greater gift is there? Not only are we protected from any evil spirits because Jesus already fills our hearts, but we have the ability, the calling, to share that with others. Praise Him! What a wonderful God He is. Amen!

There’s just a brief instance of this past month on this adventure. There is many more, but explaining it all would quickly turn into a book. Thank you for taking the time to read, your prayers are very much appreciated. One month to go!

-Caleb (Maatie) Maat

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Caleb Maat • 2017 International Immersion Intern

Teach Me To Pray

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “Teach Me To Pray”

Hey there, my name is Caleb Maat, but everyone here calls me “Maatie”. I’m a 22 year old man from Zeeland, Michigan. The Lord called me to Africa months ago, I couldn’t be more excited and thankful to be here in Zambia. My journey into mission work started years ago when I went to Haiti shortly after the earth quake happened. I saw for the first time God’s heart for missions. Since then, I studied at Kuyper Bible College for a year internationally wandering into what my God given vocation is. I know I’m on the right track being here.


The Lord has already taught me so much in the first month. He continues to teach me how to pray. I’ve experienced firsthand how powerful prayer can be! The power of intercession; praying for others. I’ve experienced this the most as I walk through the communities here in Choma. Every Monday we are sent in teams of two out into the communities around our base to make and maintain relationships with those we come in contact with. For example, I met a woman named Ester. Ester is responsible for 4 children, of which only one is her own. As I got to know her story and what her daily life looks like, it was clear she was sick. She explained to me that she was having respiratory problems, she couldn’t breathe right, and her chest felt tight. She then asked me to pray for her healing. I have never prayed for healing before, but how could I say no? We prayed and went on our way. The next week I returned to Ester’s house to catch up and see how she was feeling, and as you can guess, she felt better! She explained that the Lord had started to heal her and that her breathing and chest pains had started to fade! This news warmed my heart and really encouraged me to continue to learn all how to pray for others.



I’m being intentional with my time here. To soak up all that I can of the Zambian culture and it’s love for God. To grow in my relationship with Christ alongside my fellow interns. Being in an environment of believers that support and lift each other up has been an honor to be apart of. It’s taught me how to be in community, how to lean on one another in times of strife, and the importance of creating relationships with Christ in the center. The relationships I’ve made here will last a lifetime, there’s no doubt.



The ministry I’m in is called O.V.C. (Orphans and vulnerable children). One of the activities we are tasked with is leading/planning Kids Club! We have kids from the communities around us come to the base every Wednesday so that we can pour into their lives. We play games, we have devotions and Bible time, we have so much fun. These kids have such big hearts and they bless us as much as we bless them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Caleb Maat • 2017 International Immersion Intern