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ISABEL NGENDA: Final Update!

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

HALO FRIENDS!! Finally we have come to an end of the internship, I don’t know how to express my feelings. Well, I can say that my heart is sweet/sour, am excited to go home and connect with my kid and family, but again am going to miss the people I called my family for the past three months.

I have built life-long relationships with some of the people I connected most with, the internship was just the beginning of everything, there is still more to come. The internship for me was a concrete foundation of life. Just from the word go! i have loved each and every day that comes. Listening helped me, leaving with twenty people almost of the same age group is not easy, I told myself that I have to listen to everyone because if i spoke, I was only repeating what I knew already. And I guess I will adopt that for eternity. I did not mind the age some of the interns where, all I wanted was to build friendship and suck wisdom from them. If I was given the chance to do this again, I would do it over and over again. I have never met such people in my life, to a point of not even seeing anyone with a different color. If I say this is the way that I came, it`s a blue lie! I have added on to what I knew and I feel like am left with a few pieces to finish my puzzle. as I stated in my previous blog that ‘I have never experienced ministry the way it`s done out here, it has made me change some of my life goals, and when it comes to convincing me to do something that I don’t know it`s hard, but here no one has told me to. It happened just like that, nobody told me! Now that’s what I would call accepting God to take over my life.

Last week we had a reach4life day camp and every intern had a specific role assigned to them. My role was to oversee the camp site which included planning the camp, of course with the help from my task partner(Max) and leaders, tough one hey! But guess what I enjoyed it, I convinced one of my leaders that I wanted to teach in one of the sessions, and she gave me a chance. I actually learnt a lot from the kids whom I was in the same group with. Some of them actually saw me as someone who is successful (rich) but when I told them my story, they were surprised that I have so much going in my life and still happy, the answer I gave them was and still is that I left everything to God! And take my education seriously. My prayer is that just one kid may pick something from my story because most of the kids came from broken homes and don’t know what to do, if it was possible I would help them all. But there is a phase in life where someone can change you in a second, it’s a choice that you have to make. I pray that among those 140 kids at least one has been changed.

If I was told to change anything from the past three months, there is nothing I would touch because there is nothing bad about everything. Every break-down I had was paving way for a good make-up. All thanks goes to my teachers and my fellow interns for having to keep up with me. What I learned from them is something that I will keep for the rest of my life. Having teachers from livingstone and some flown all the way from Lesotho, Canada and USA humbles my heart and leaves me speechless. Well, all i can say is that am privileged to be a part of the 2017 immersion internship.

Isabel Ngenda • 2017 International Immersion Intern

ISABEL NGENDA: Second Update!

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

Bo!! (hello in Chiyao!)
Outreach in Malawi has been amazing. I got to meet blessings’ (a fellow intern) parents Mr. & Mrs. Mpeta.

The Mpeta’s run a ministry called All Nations, and mostly they discover the bible with people they minister to. It’s called discovery bible study (dbs). Mangochi is mostly dominated with muslims and people who believe in sangoma (witch doctor). It was hard for some people to allow us to their homes or us to share the word of God with them because of what their religion tell them. Though our mission was to preach the word not to change their religion.

I have never been in a place where people know nothing about Jesus Christ. Seeing some of them eager to know more about the lord impacted me. It took few days for some of them to give their lives to Christ, something I took me years. Constantly seeing what the Lord was doing in my fellow interns kept me encouraged to know Him more.

After a week of ministry, we had time for fun, swimming in lake Malawi, enjoying the beautiful sites along the shores of the lake, the richness of the culture and the good food that they have “rocked my world”. Given a chance, I would love to go back to Malawi and glean more from the people there.

Isabel Ngenda • 2017 International Immersion Intern

A Roller Coaster

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “A Roller Coaster”

My name is Isabel Sitali Ngenda. Born from the family of three and being the last is such a blessing for me. I praise God all the days of my life. All the way from Livingstone am honored to be part of the 2017 Immersion Internship that is taking place in Choma, Zambia.

It has been such a roller coaster from the word go. This has been the deepest experience of ministry; I would consider this as ministry in its climax stage. There is a very big difference when am doing ministry back home than here. Back home, I am ministering to people who have seen me grow and it`s hard because they know me of my past ways. Given a chance I would love to minister to my own people, but hey! We all ought to listen to what God is calling us to. I was placed in the knitting ministry with two other interns. This ministry is about empowering men and women to be agents of change in their communities.

Two weeks ago, we had three groups from the USA come to participate in an Immersion Trip with us here in Zambia. There was a large number of people serving on our base (teams from the USA; the Ransom Church, Indiana Wesleyan University and the New Life Church} it was more than fifty people living in one place. Music, being my biggest passion I learned much from the teams that came, I took part in the 2017 music camp, and (caught by surprise!) I was assigned to assist with vocals. I must say I was amazed by the turn out of people and just to see how young people accept Jesus in their lives.
I am an extroverted-introvert. I gain my energy both ways, and coming from a small home, I love my space and time. It turns out that my limits are pulled extremely hard such that they snap sometimes, and living with twenty others, from four nations, in the same age-group, and different cultures- it`s hard to correct each other. Though, the biggest challenge am still facing is being away from my daughter for three months. All this is achieved by self-control, love and selflessness.
It has been helpful to refer my struggles to the lessons we have been having so far, and having to talk with my mentor. We’ve had different teachers every week who teach on specific topics. When I put all that together it makes up something vital that will help me for the rest of my life and even pass on to my family.

Isabel Ngenda • 2017 International Immersion Intern