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COURTNIE PULLEN: Final Update!

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


HEY FRIENDS,

IT’S MY LAST WEEK IN ZAMBIA YALL. I am overwhelmed that this beautiful journey in my new home is coming to an end. This summer has been a rollercoaster of Gods abundant love and miraculous power. Each day was filled with anticipation and excitement of what magnificent miracle the Lord was going to allow me to see or be a part of. I fully felt like the hands, feet, eyes, mouth, and entire body of Jesus Christ each day when I entered into the community. I was able to see the healing power of God in every aspect of that word. Healing of His children physically as well as healing the hearts of every person around me. Not only were the communities and villages around us impacted by the Fathers love but each intern around me played a part in healing of their own hearts. It has been a beautiful view of coming alongside my new brothers and sisters in Christ as we all healed in the Fathers love together. This place of healing and love has become my new home.


The villages of Mwaponana and Kabanana have become my safe place and my source of joy in the past three months. These communities have been the place of growing for me, of seeing the Lords power, and the places that I have found my one true love. I have become a lover of justice. I am completely and utterly in love with justice. I prayed for the Lord to show me brokenness, real life brokenness, and He did this in full. In every walk this summer He has shown me this brokenness: as we entered into Malawi, into the many villages in Choma, within the hearts of the interns around me, and in the amazing teachings we had each week. I am overwhelmed with how the Lord has broken my heart for what breaks His. This brokenness is what has now made me a lover of justice.


As I prepare to go back to the place I was raised, a piece of my heart will be left here in Africa. When I go home I will be homesick. The family I have made, the friends who are now my brothers and sisters, the kids who yell “COCO” from across the villages will soon become a small part of the big journey of my walk with Christ. This experience has instilled in me a faith and a confidence of who I am in the Lord. It has made the death of Jesus Christ so much more real to me. It has given me a boldness to proclaim His name to the mountains in a way that I have never done before. This journey has been life changing. It has given me the future of finally opening the orphanage the Lord has planted in my heart since I was a little girl. The Lords goodness is overwhelming. The power of prayer is crazy. God gives more than I could ever imagine and I am excited to say this is only the first small step of my life living in my new homeland of Africa.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Courtnie Pullen • 2017 International Immersion Intern

COURTNIE PULLEN: Second Update!

July 24th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “COURTNIE PULLEN: Second Update!”


My dear friends, I am excited to say healing is happening in good ol’ Africa. The Lord’s hand has been so evident in every walk of life here. The goodness that has been happening in Zambia the past four weeks is too good to not yell it from the mountains. His constant pursuit of my heart every single day has been overwhelming. Each day I am renewed and shown a new aspect of the Fathers love for me and his children around me that I did not see before. Like I said His good news is too great to not be proclaimed to the mountains, so we took that goodness to the mountains of Malawi.

These beautiful Malawian mountains began to hear the gospel as the Lord allowed my team to be the hands and feet of His big mission. This past week was filled with my eyes being opened to a new God; a God of power and miracles beyond my own understanding. Leading up to this trip I had an overwhelming feeling that healing would happen, I even desired to be used as a vessel for Him in this way. I was in for the journey of a lifetime when I prayed this prayer. Each day I was shown the power of the Lord and His agape love for each one of His children. I saw this power with my own eyes, felt it with my hands, and heard it proclaimed with my own ears as we entered into the villages each day.
I was impacted further by His power in the moment that I thought He could not get any greater. The last day our teams own plans were shattered as two men called us over to ask for prayer for healing. I felt the Holy Spirit instantly fill the place as the men told us that they were Muslim and wanted healing from Jesus Christ. The good news has no barrier! For the first brother we began to pray for healing of the bones and joints after years of pain and inability to walk properly. The second brother we prayed for healing from the deafness that has overcome him. In the name of Jesus Christ we declared healing and in His name and His name alone they were healed. In the name of the Lord the lame walk and the deaf hear.
Freedom was proclaimed in the mountains of Malawi. My heart was opened and my eyes were changed to the Land that has been healed by the name of Jesus Christ. I left Malawi feeling free from the chains of not being worthy enough of being a warrior in the army of God. Even in this place of healing others there was a healing of my heart. My dear friends, there is healing happening in Africa and He is calling me to not just leave it here. There will be healing in all the Lands in his heavenly name and I am beyond excited to be a part of the heavenly plan to bring healing to these lands.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Courtnie Pullen • 2017 International Immersion Intern

Mulibwanji!

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “Mulibwanji!”

Mulibwanji lovely people! This is Courtnie Pullen and I am currently in a new country, surrounded by new people, and in a whole new culture which is completely different from the one that is of my small hometown, in middle of nowhere, Indiana. There is 8,000 miles between me and my town in Indiana but my heart has never felt so at home. The Lord has been so abundant in love here, not lacking anything. In this short month I have been a part of this wonderful immersion internship I have felt a heavenly purpose come to earth as I have been impacted by my new brothers and sisters in Christ. The love each of my fellow interns have shown is overwhelming, to say the least. This internship has already created an African/American family that will never be separated by distance, even when we part ways in August. The Lord has constantly been tugging at my heart every second of these past four weeks. The confirmation of becoming a missionary has been more evident than ever. It has confirmed my life plans and the Lord has even sent me others to partner alongside me in my lifelong dream to open an orphanage. In the states I am attending Indiana Wesleyan University in hopes to pursue this dream. I am studying Global Ministries/Intercultural Studies as well as Psychology of Exceptional Needs with the anticipation to graduate Spring of 2019. When I graduate I plan on entering into a life of full time missions in an orphanage for children with disabilities. This internship has already confirmed all these life dreams through entering into the community, classes that get to the core of who I am as a daughter of Christ, and fellowship with other missionaries.
The ministries we were assigned make up a large part of our ministry here in Zambia. Each week I am assigned to enter into the community while partnering with a Transitional House ministry, sports ministry, and Purity Ministry that empowers young women to feel the love of the Father. The Lord has shown me an intimate love as I enter into these ministries each week with a passion to know him more and know his people from a new culture. I have seen love in the closest way through the children. The Kids Club each week has become the ministry that allows me to feel most at home. The children love without borders and with no reservations. My heart has been overwhelmed as I enter into villages and children run from their homes and schools to great me with open arms and smiling faces. Reminiscing on these past four weeks the word love is the only one to fully describe the feelings I am experiencing. The miracles the Father is doing in my heart and the hearts of the people around me is far greater than I ever expected. I have found a forever home for my heart in this lovely country I am now living in. He has taught me not only the love that he has for me but has revealed his love for others in a whole new way. My prayer has become for the Spirit to lead me where my trust is without borders and my love is without borders just like each person I am surrounded by in the internship and community. The love of the father has been so merciful and abundant here, showing itself through each person I interact with each day. I am beyond excited to see how the Lord works in the next two months to come.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Courtnie Pullen • 2017 International Immersion Intern