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