Posts by ChilelekoMukonka

Reignited

September 9th, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016 0 comments on “Reignited”

The Elijah Experience has been one of the most amazing experiences and I will remember for a life time. EXP gave me a platform to interact with people from different cultures. I thought living cross-culturally would be hard but not impossible. When we put aside the many differences and focus on the immeasurable similarities we created an amazing family bond.

As a person, I am mixed between an introvert and an extrovert. Before, I would speak less and explain less but through EXP, I discovered that I am able to explain with less difficulties and use my words more in my talking and interactions.

There were certain spiritual disciplines I took lightly but they have been re-ignited, challenged, and shifted my view point on them. Through EXP, God has taught me that the spiritual disciplines are God’s way of loving on me and desiring me to be more intimate with him.

In a nutshell, this has been my experience with EXP.

Chileleko_Mukonka ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chileleko Mukonka • 2016 International Immersion Intern

In The Background

August 3rd, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016 0 comments on “In The Background”

Eight years ago, I was one of the people that sat and received teaching from Beat the Drum. This year I was so excited to be among those pouring in the lives of the kids. I was assigned to do ministry at a school that had the least of attendance, but God had a reason. This gave us the opportunity to go in depth with our discussions. My experience of Beat the Drum showed me how no extreme is too much for God to demonstrate His love. This is said because my class had four boys that really needed to be talked to and God used Beat the Drum time to love on them. Few days after Beat the Drum was done, we had to travel to Lesotho for our outreach program. The trip was divinely protected by God because we went to and from without any difficulties or challenges through it all. It takes God for such to happen. During outreach, it was amazing to see how the elders of the community were so willing to help out in our serving ministry time. They were even devoted to attending our services in the evening. My view for service and ministry has been broadened to a point that I know it’s cool to not all stand in the front line. Others can serve in the background to make the work of those in the front line easy. Thus promoting interdependence.

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Chileleko_Mukonka ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chileleko Mukonka • 2016 International Immersion Intern

Refined and Rearranged

June 29th, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016 0 comments on “Refined and Rearranged”

Hello, I am Chileleko, a lady from Livingstone Zambia. The Elijah Experience Internship has been one of those life experiences that God’s hand was on it for my involvement from the beginning. Being a part of this internship has challenged, stretched, inspired, grown, motivated and shifted me as a person. God is redefining me. He is moving in my life in the areas that I thought made me who I am. The things that I took lightly and seemingly less important, have actually been the very things that God has been shifting in order for me to realize their importance in my Christian life. These things are being revealed as I read and discuss the book by Richard Foster called The Celebration of Discipline. This is a book that all the interns are reading. The disciplines that we’ve covered so far are study, fasting, submission, and meditation. My thought line on these discipline has been rearranged especially on fasting. As I sit hearing different speakers, many of my thoughts are being redirected and refocused. I have been challenged not to depend on what God said in the past, but to listen to God’s present word to my soul. To live on His present day word. Because He is always speaking I just wasn’t paying attention. Another challenge I have faced is the realization of how living in community with other cultures can be a barrier in a relationship if you let it. However I’ve grown to realize that Jesus is the most important common factor to any friendship. My growth can be seen in how I relate, react, and just process matters that could easily get the best of my emotions.

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Chileleko_Mukonka ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chileleko Mukonka • 2016 International Immersion Intern