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Living a Life of Justice

August 10th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Living a Life of Justice”

Welcome back to my final/last blog for the internship. It has been a great journey to stand, walk, and work with Poetice International Zambia. I have been lifted up in my spiritual walk with the Lord God Almighty. Learning about leadership with Phill Tague was such an amazing experience for me. There is one thing that was new for me that he said: “We don’t need leadership but we need redemption, for redemption takes great leaders.” So at the end of it all, we become leaders.

In this passage, I will be talking about “JUSTICE.” Before I learned about justice, I just had the mere thought of what justice is in general. I thought justice was just being good or fair to the people around you. But there was more to it. I am thankful to Micah who taught about justice and Toran who taught about the Church. I will write one thing that stood out for me about the Church. He said the Church was created for God’s glory, and that the Church is for spiritual growth and unity.

In the world, there are a lot of injustices that we find. The five global giants (universal) that we find are spiritual emptiness, oppression, illiteracy, disease, and poverty. As I have been taught about justice, I want to find a way to fight injustice in my community. I learned that fighting for justice, we have to be practical. In order to do that, I have to be called, evangelize, assess, think, implement and take time. One of the injustices that happens is “spiritual emptiness.” One injustice interconnects with the other. So when you fight the other, you fight all. Spiritual emptiness has been the cause of the other injustices. They say justice and righteousness move together.

You cannot be righteous when you are spiritually empty. So fighting for justice starts from checking the spiritual life first. Sometimes we tend to focus on education knowing it’s the key to success. But in our success, we forget how our walk with the Lord matters. What is required of us is to balance what we do. One man said it is better to suffer and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven than to have everything and go to hell. I can give an example of the parable of a rich fool (Luke 12:13). So justice takes discernment. As I said before, justice and righteousness move together; where there is justice, there is righteousness. But where there is injustice, there is unrighteousness. I want to say thank you to the Lord for being with me through my lessons. “WE MUST FIGHT FOR JUSTICE EVERYWHERE WE GO.”

 

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Elizabeth Mudenda- 2018 Immersion Intern

Discover What God Says

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Discover What God Says”

Hey, I am Elizabeth Mudenda, and I am back, writing my second blog about the internship at Poetice. I hope you really enjoyed the first blog that I wrote. If you did, my second blog will blow your mind, because great things are happening here.

We had a great lesson in the 5th week about Worship from Nate and Kate Marielke from Central Wesleyan Church (USA). They said, “worship is an invitation.” As a worshiper, we need to spend time in the presence of God, deny our flesh, submit to leadership, and develop our gift. This stood out for me. I will continue practicing these tips on worship.

My outreach was such an amazing experience. I thought I would not manage to live there because of the weather. But I thought to myself that God removes us from our COMFORT ZONE to our FAITH ZONE. It was such a joyful moment. Lesotho was such an experience for me. It was my first time to travel for over 36 hours. It was great because I connected with my fellow interns. We started from Choma on Saturday morning but reached Lesotho on Sunday night.

On Monday we hiked the mountain. It was great because it was my first time. I connected with Godfrey and Elizabeth while I lived in their house for the whole stay in Lesotho. I had fun playing with their kids Sofie and Liam. I had joy in reading a book called “HOW GOD SPEAKS.” One thing I liked was a point saying, “What matters is WHAT God speaks and not HOW he speaks.” John talked to us about SIMPLICITY. He said simplicity starts from the inside. The next day we were taught by Brad on SOLITUDE. He said if you have an inner solitude, you do not fear what people say about you, for they do not control you.

On the day we learned about Solitude, we were given 2 hours to listen to what God was saying about us. It was such a great thing for me because God spoke to me and said I should use my hands to serve others through what I can do, my talents. I also had a great time playing and chatting with the kids of Lesotho.

My challenge was the weather. But I kept myself warm, thanks to Elizabeth who gave me the warm materials. I was sometimes challenged by how we related as interns but at the end of the day, we met one-on-one to resolve our disputes. Then we bonded like never before. This was my experience in Lesotho and what I learned through what we were doing.

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Elizabeth Mudenda- 2018 Immersion Intern

Who God Says I Am

June 28th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Who God Says I Am”


My name is Elizabeth Mudenda. I am 19 years old. I live in Choma, Zambia. I come from a family of five and am the fourth born. I have two brothers and two sisters. I completed high school in 2016 and now am waiting to go to college. I came to know about the internship through Abby. It was great to hear that I was accepted to be an intern after I had applied. I set goals for myself for the three months I was to be here, which are to know more about the Bible, to encounter God, to grow and to take “STEPS” in my spiritual walk with the Lord, which I know is coming up well for me.
My first week of being here, we learned about “GOD’S STORY” with Abby and John. I loved the way they taught and I understood most of the things. I loved the point she said, “we are created for God’s kingdom and we were given dominion over every creature.” We had Poetice Kidz on a Wednesday which was so great for me because I love kids a lot. An exciting thing that we had was the POETICE KIDS YOUTH CAMP. We had over 45(+) kids from different communities around Choma. It was so amazing and fun. The other week had come, when we had to tell our stories sitting as the team of interns and staff. I thought I couldn’t. Because since childhood, I have not been open to anyone around me or ever told anyone my story and what I was going through. I am really thankful to the Lord that now I am able to speak out and tell my story to everyone.

The second week we learned about IDENTITY with Daniel and Sarah. It was such a dream for me to learn about WHO and WHAT I am. I came to understand what Identity is. Identity is who God says I am. I learned that there are core lies and core truths. All my life I have been living under a core lie that is, I AM NOT CAPABLE AND NOT LOVED. Now I learned that it was not true. They were all core lies because I now have friends who love a lot and they understand who I am. I have a sweet mentor who loves and prays for me. I really thank God for her. I really liked what Daniel and Sarah left for us to do. They said we should write the core lies on a piece of paper and speak that we won’t be ruled by the core lies again. We had to do that, and it was so amazing. I got the relief of my heart.
The third week we learned about FREEDOM with Dave. He said things that touched my heart. Dave said, God gave us the freedom, but we should not use it to make others slaves. He also said, what we fear and desire is what we worship. He told us that we were all given the freedom through his blood, the freedom to have a choice.

In the fourth week, we learned about “GOD’S DREAM FOR AFRICA” with Bruce and Fred. Bruce showed us as why we differ in color. He told us that we differ in color to fulfill God’s nature and plan. Then after three days, we were taught by Fred. He said something that really touched me. He said whenever we do something, we should always say ‘MORE OF GOD AND LESS OF ME’. I really thank God for these four weeks. I really hope I will learn more in these coming weeks.

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Elizabeth Mudenda- 2018 Immersion Intern