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Unfolding Justice

August 10th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Unfolding Justice”

My name is Gift Syambale of Choma Zambia, I am 29 years old and a 2018 intern of Poetice Zambia. It has been a great opportunity to be among the interns and be empowered to fight for justice. At times, justice becomes a bit of a catchphrase, sadly even a cliché. Yet, it’s one of the most important concepts we can understand and live out. I have seen injustice with my own eyes, and each day the news tells each of us of new acts of injustice. But rather than feeling defeated, let’s stand up, take action, and do something about it.

Jesus experienced injustice, so we would not experience judgment. In the garden of Gethsemane, we see Jesus taking on our pain and anguish, and on the cross, see him taking on our sin. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said Martin Luther King, Jr in his walk from Birmingham jail. And it is injustice that we see today all over the planet. We look around the communities of Choma and the world at large and we see those who are oppressed, those who lack spiritual and religious freedom, those who lack knowledge of Jesus. This too is an injustice.

We must stand up, lift up, and rise up to fight for these injustices, boldly proclaiming that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

We can also read the final words of Matthew’s Gospel spoken by Jesus as a commission based on his ministry in life. This is a commission of action. Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on Earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

As alluded to from the above paragraphs and from the experience I got from the Poetice Internship, I feel strong enough to stand up and proclaim justice to my community, workplace, and everywhere the Lord God takes me. Finally, I would like to thank the Poetice Zambia staff for the knowledge they imparted in me to proclaim justice everywhere and to the Almighty God, for offering me such a chance to learn, be empowered, and spend time with the other interns.

 

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Gift Syambale – 2018 Immersion Intern

THE WHISPER ON A MOUNTAIN SIDE

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “THE WHISPER ON A MOUNTAIN SIDE”

My name is Gift Syambale of Choma, Zambia. I am 29 years old, an intern of Poetice Zambia 2018. It has been so wonderful to me to see how God uses people to change other’s hearts and minds. This is done through what we do to others and the way we handle ourselves; it makes a great impact in ministering the Gospel to others. Before going on outreach, we did service which prepared us to go and serve in Lesotho.

After having been back home for a week, I can now see that my outreach in Lesotho made a great impact on my life. To begin with, I had never done solitude before, and this was the great opportunity for me to put this into practice. Now I understand that we are to listen to God as He always will speak to us. This is done in a very quiet place, where we can focus our minds and everything on Him alone. The purpose of silence and solitude is to be able to see and hear from God. I learned all of this about solitude from our teacher Brad, who took the time to teach us a lesson before we had two hours of solitude on the mountainside.

Meanwhile, John taught about simplicity, which is an inward reality that results in an outward lifestyle. From this, I learned that simplicity begins inside an individual’s heart. As Christians, we are to be simple in the way we handle ourselves – that is living the simple life of who we are. We are to surrender everything to Christ, trust him and be humble.

I was so excited to be among those who were able to help the community of Nkoeng Village of Lesotho in so many ways. Some of the things we did were road maintenance, mending a house, sharing the word of God with the people around, and painting the school. This made me realize that even the little works we do are greatly appreciated by the community.

Just like any other place, Lesotho challenged me in many ways. One challenge was the weather: it was very, very cold. Another challenge was the language barrier. I have never been in a place where I couldn’t communicate with the locals, and it made it difficult to connect with people without an interpreter. These challenges made me realize the goodness of the Lord because there are people who stay in the cold who are like me. This gave me the courage to not complain about the weather while I was there. Regarding the language, I tried to learn some new words to make connecting easier, but it was still difficult at times. All in all, these challenges pushed me to grow closer to the Lord in new ways, and I am thankful for all I learned in Lesotho and for the team that I got to experience it all with.

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Gift Syambale – 2018 Immersion Intern

Submission to Christ

June 28th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Submission to Christ”

Hi, I am Gift Syambale from Choma Zambia, 29 years of age, an intern of Poetice International Zambia 2018. It has been such a wonderful chance for me to be among the 2018 interns. My stay at Poetice base for the past 4 weeks has been so great for me.
To begin with, we did God’s story with John and Abigail. They went further saying, God created man and woman in His likeness. This was done because of the love God has for man; He gave man authority over everything. We were also reminded that God created man for a purpose/reason. We also learned that man was created for a family/relationship. However, Daniel and Sarah helped us to break the core lies that existed in us and also reminded us of who we are in the Lord (identity) and also that we are unique, have worth, and are valuable. They went further saying, if we surrender, trust and accept the truth, we will be able to worship God, start heaven meeting on earth, and become God’s ambassador.


Most of the teachings seemed to be interconnected as Dave jumped in with his teachings about freedom. We first defined freedom as we thought it was and to discover it wasn’t. Freedom is subjected to the master who loves and cares for us. We also learned that what we fear and desire is what we tend to worship. We are the image of the Divine; we are to worship the true God. Meanwhile, Bruce and Fred talked about God’s dream for Africa, where we got exposed to many things concerning our relationships and our ancestors. This boosted our love towards each other for we now know where we came from.

It has been wonderful teaching so far as almost every teaching involved the building up of our relationships toward each other. We were also reminded of what breaks the relationship as in 1 Peter 3:8 and what builds it as in Proverbs 16:18.
 

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Gift Syambale – 2018 Immersion Intern