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ERIN RIDDER: Final Update!

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

When trying to find the words to even being articulating what this summer met to me, one thing immediately comes to mind and that is- Jesus showed up. Gosh, He’s so good and throughout the entire summer He was so evident. He was their for the morning worship, sitting in on teaching, going out to the community, various conversations, etc. He was always there, thank goodness for continually faithfulness and love.

Yesterday we learned about the prophet Samuel, and how he took a stone, set it between Mizpah and Shen and named it Ebenezer. When Samuel placed this stone he said “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 2000 years later I had the opportunity to place my own stone on top of an altar. I was asked to write on this stone, a single word that would sum up how the Lord has shown Himself to me this summer. My word was loved.

I never thought entering into this summer love would be something I struggled with. Months before coming to Africa, I prayed with anticipation that I would be wrecked by the love and goodness of our Father and surrender my life to Him. I didn’t fully realize that with that prayer I would have to deal with past experiences that I so easily put in a box, under my bed so I never have to deal with again.

But, with God being a God of love and forgiveness He was there to walk with me through those past experiences. He had forgiven me long ago and loved me through it all, but I wasn’t granting forgiveness and love for myself. This summer while going through that process of forgiveness, His love for me become more evident then ever before. I began realizing that through whatever my past may have looked like or whatever my future entails, He is right there walking right alongside of me, loving me through it all.
This summer He has renewed both love for myself and also Him. While yes, love and forgiveness will be an ongoing thing I will wrestle with. I am more certain then ever that Jesus is with me right now as I type this blog. He is with me as I continue on this day and He will continue walking with me through this life, loving me through all the joys and trials. Thank goodness for that, because I will say it a million more times- Jesus always shows us, and I am so excited to do this life right alongside of Him.

Erin Ridder • 2017 International Immersion Intern

ERIN RIDDER: Second Update!

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

My time here continues to leave me in awe. This place and these people- its something special, let me tell you. Moments before I started compiling my thoughts to write this blog, I happened upon a conversation and there was something said that really stuck with me. “We aren’t saved from something, but rather for something.” At first it took me a few moments to process through these words and I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it for myself. Maybe my thoughts on it will change but as for now, I’m thinking it might just be one of the coolest things I’ve heard.

Those words instantly made me think of our God and my time here. It made me think of how intentional God is when it comes to not only lavishing us in His undeserving love, but how

He places different things in our life in His perfect timing, just because He knows us that much better then we know ourselves. It also gave me that nice little reminder that God is so consistent, every step I take whether it be here in Africa or any other place His light is shining right before me guiding my feet.
I see Him guiding and loving me as I walk into homes and am welcomed with nothing but warm smiles and embracing hugs. He places His hand over our hands as a we prayed for a man who cries out just to know the love and comfort our Father provides. I rejoice with Him as salvation takes place and He welcomes His beloved children into the kingdom.

In rejoicing with my brothers and sisters who are being welcomed into the loving arms of my gentle Father, I am reminded of the ways in which His pursuance never ceases, of His faithful consistency in bringing me back home.

And as my heart and feet continue to stumble after Him, I’m not quite sure of what that something I’m being saved for is. But I do know that I am complete and whole in Jesus. So I continue to put my hope and trust in Him.

Erin Ridder • 2017 International Immersion Intern

Pieces of my Heart

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “Pieces of my Heart”

Hello people, its a great day to have a great day! My name is Erin, and man am I grateful for this life. I have come all the way from Omaha, NE; the place I love so much. Omaha, brings me a lot of joy- whether that be from my friends and family, spending my time aimlessly wandering downtown where there are always something to do, to getting a good book and hanging up my hammock on some of my favorite trees, Omaha has a huge part of my heart.
When I am not in Nebraska, I am in Kansas attending college at Kansas State University. This December I will be graduating, (which yes is as scary as it sounds and no I am not ready to leave that place I love full well.) I am planning on going to nursing school following graduation, where that may be I don’t know, but I love the idea of putting my trust in the Lord with were He wants me to. Post nursing school, I have ideas of what life might look like- being a traveling nurse, continue going to school to become a Nurse Practitioner, do medical missions, the options are endless and wow, does that excite me! As for now I have the pleasure to call Choma, Zambia home for 3 months, the internship is about to start on our fifth week, and time is flying by oh so ever fast. Endless amounts of experience and knowledge consumes all my thoughts, and I love it.

There is so much that I would love to talk about, but what really stands out to me and what I want to touch on is the people. Through being apart of O.V.C. (orphaned and vulnerable children), community nights, kids club, and everything in between the people that I have met have touched me in so many ways. To start the abundant amount of joy that they posses and their want and desire to continually help their families and others is truly astounding and such an encouragement. Everyone has such a servant-hearted mindset here and it is contagious. These people have already taught me so much and are showing examples of what it is like to love and serve others like Jesus did.

A memory that I’m going to hold near and dear to my heart- on Mondays we do community outreach. So that is us interns going out to the local community to get to know the people by befriending them, spending Mondays with them, and being able to love on them, etc. The first Monday we were doing this my friend Izzy and I felt the Lord was calling us to this specific house, so we decided to take a leap of faith and knock on the door in hopes of meeting the family. Well thankfully enough they answered and welcomed us in with open arms. We got to sit down and ended up talking with them for nearly two hours; It was such a cool experience!! Not only did we get to know them but before we left they handed us gifts of fresh vegetables and African clothing to take home as a gift. That family is incredible, now Izzy and I get to go hangout with this family every Monday and because of them I look forward to Mondays so much. They are such a treat to be around and it has been such an enjoyable experience not only learning more about the African culture, but hearing about the families passions, hobbies, etc.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of my time here will look like and all those I’ll get the pleasure to meet. I have quickly realized that while I am giving out pieces of my heart to the people of Choma, they are giving me back pieces of their heart and so much more. Forever grateful to call this place home for the next 3 months.

Erin Ridder • 2017 International Immersion Intern