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.
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Caleb Maat • 2017 International Immersion Intern