Posts by KamimaBotha

Fighting for Justice

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

According to the English to English Dictionary, justice is defined as a judgment involving the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishment. In other words, it is a theory where fairness is administered. As human beings, we have rights that protect us from other people who want to hurt, exploit, or oppress us. These rights are guided by the laws which have been implemented by governments, through the legislative system. This justice is earthly or man-made.

God has His own justice as well, which He has put on His own people (creation). Man actually copied the norms of justice from God, because God’s justice has been in existence since creation (Genesis 18:19).

God’s justice moves or is inter-connected with righteousness (Tsedeo). Justice is the outcome of righteousness. As indicated in Psalms 33:5, “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”

Justice is in two aspects namely; Primary and Secondary. As Christians, we must have a strong concern for the poor and vulnerable. Primary justice is about being in a right relationship with God, the righteous life that results is overwhelmingly social. Secondary (rectifying) justice means punishing the wrongdoers and caring for the victims of unjust treatment. There are four types of justice that people can seek redress when they are wronged, namely:
(1) Redemptive Justice
(2) Remunerative Justice.
(3) Retributive Justice
(4) Restorative Justice

REDEMPTIVE JUSTICE 
Divine justice is redemptive. Jesus came to bring justice by being crucified; He did this through mercy and love (compassion and humility). Romans 8:1-4 illustrates the forgiveness and justification that Jesus brought and how it saves us from eternal sin. The greatest justice that ever happened is forgiveness and mercy. As Christians, we are called upon to be practicing justice through love, mercy, compassion, and walking with God in humility.

REMUNERATIVE JUSTICE
Remunerative means to reward someone or being faithful to God. God gives rewards to His people that are faithful to Him and righteous. 1 Samuel 26:23 states that “The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.” This imparts His moral character in us.

RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE 
This is the punishment to the wicked for their wrong actions. God will have time to punish those that have wronged/sinned. Deuteronomy 32:35 says, “It’s mine to avenge, I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” It is not mine to execute justice, but for the Lord alone. This also builds character to us as we leave vengeance to the Lord.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE (RELATIONAL)
Restoration means putting things back as they were. It is peace building of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Justice is for God alone and not ours; henceforth, we must leave vengeance and reward to Him only. We should be aware that it takes God’s will or discernment for us to do justice.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kamima Botha – 2018 Immersion Intern

Cold Life in Lesotho

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Cold Life in Lesotho”

The Internship Immersion 2018 at Poetice International Zambia (Choma base) has been breathtaking, to say the least. It is an experience that no one would want to miss for anything in this world, and indeed a life-changing experience for the better. If you have a passion to serve, share and spread the Gospel of God to lost souls, then Poetice is the place for you. Kamima Caesar Botha is my name, and I am back again to share more about the great experiences I am enjoying at Poetice as an intern. Having expressed about the great work Poetice is doing in the surrounding communities in my first blog, again I would like to say the great work and response cannot be overemphasized. We are in the eighth week now and time is moving (flying) at a faster rate than we hoped it would, because we still want to learn more.


After learning about the dream that God has for Africa, the week that followed we had another awesome lesson about worship from Nate and Kate Marialke (husband and wife). We learned about worship as an invitation, honor, and extreme devotion to our father God. The need for worshiping God gives us identity, illumination, and intimacy with Him. It simply shows the gratitude and admiration that we have towards God, our creator for life, and everything that has been granted to us. God is spirit and as His worshippers, we must worship Him in spirit and truth. When we do this, we will have access to what the spirit accesses. Worshipping is the great aspect that enables us to glorify and enjoy God forever, hence this will bring us closer to God.

We had a fantastic ten-day outreach in the country of Lesotho (Kingdom), located in the heart of South Africa. It was a long 37-hour drive by bus, passing through two countries in-between Zambia and Lesotho (Botswana and South Africa). Enduring the long journey from Zambia to Lesotho was a great thing because I was just looking forward to sharing what I have with my friend in that country. During the journey we had no breakdowns, went through all the borders smoothly, and the journey was a success. We arrived at the small town of Butha-Buthe in Lesotho where we were based and had our meal.

It was a great experience being in Lesotho because while I was in Zambia, I had been looking forward to being in that country for outreach. Back in Zambia, we learned about service, and it was time to put service into practice (action) during the outreach. We painted a school room, which is also used for computer lessons, and fixed the damaged desks for the school. We also worked on the road for the community where Godfrey and Elizabeth lives, and on Dimpho’s field (weeding). We also had a good game of soccer with people in the community, and it was a very interesting thing to do and watch, especially for our friends in our midst who love soccer.

The Lesotho community outreach was great, as we started going into the community to share the word of God and pray with (for) the people. The people in Nkweng village (community) were so welcome to us and the relationship Godfrey and Elizabeth has made with the community helped. I had a great experience during outreach. My team consisted of Brad, Jenna, Lillian and myself with Dimpho as the interpreter (about 20 to 25 percent of people could speak English). We had a great encounter with the Lord with the first household we visited, a single mother with two daughters. We only met with the first daughter, and during the time we visited them the woman wasn’t feeling well. After the introductions, she started telling us what the problem was with her health, and the story was so touching especially for me. The woman is infected with the HIV virus, and having grown up in the area where HIV is at a high rate, it really touched me. Because of having HIV, she is sick most of the time, and this time around she was using a stick to walk. If you are not infected with the virus, then you are definitely still affected. This is a reality to me because I have lost my close beloved relatives, as well as friends at school and home. On top of being a single mother, she has no job to sustain her family; in short, she is struggling with life (providing for the two daughters with food, clothes, and school fees). We shared the Word and encouraged her with the daughter, and then it was time to pray for her, which we did. After the prayer we could see the smile of joy on her face because of the relief she felt afterward, most amazingly she stood up and started walking without a walking stick! (What a Great, Merciful and Gracious God We Worship.) We just burst into praising the Lord for what He did, and the next time we visited her, she was well and encouraged that God was there for her no matter what she was going through.

We visited a couple of other households in the community, and during our final visit, we came to a house of a woman with her orphaned grade 11 granddaughter. The granddaughter was struggling with identity as she has no one to talk to about personal and life issues. She could not talk with the grandmother because of cultural boundaries, and the elder sister she could talk to was away in South Africa working. Henceforth, she could sleep around with boys and go partying with friends by drinking beer. She did this because she did not know who she was and her purpose anymore in life. It really touched us because it was our last day (final meeting) and we needed more time to encourage her more. The girls in our group chatted with her and she opened up more to them about what she was struggling with. They shared their stories with her, prayed for her, and she was very encouraged.

We were given time to lead the kids’ program which went great, and the kids really enjoyed it. We played games, worshipped, shared our stories and prayed with them, they were so much strengthened and encouraged. We had very good lessons about simplicity and solitude, during our outreach time. The first lesson about simplicity was taught by John, and it really changed the way I perceived thingson being simple. Brad taught the second lesson about solitude and the goodness and benefits we get from it.

While there on a Sunday, I was given the chance to share an encouragement to the Church congregation. On short notice, I shared what the Lord wanted me to share, and it was mind-blowing for me to stand and share with the people in a new church and country. I shared on humility, and it went well. I gained a lot of confidence in myself that I can do almost anything that pleases God. My prayer life and trusting in God grew drastically in honor of the Lord, and I will never be the same again.

Lesotho is a very cold country in the winter compared to Zambia, where I grew up from. So for me, being in Lesotho at first was a bit of a challenge because of the cold weather, but because of the great atmosphere for the Gospel, it all passed. Along the way to Lesotho, I had a high temperature which put me down a bit, but when we reached there, I was better. Thanks to the Lord for answering our prayers. We also had a mountain hike and had some prayer time which was awesome. It was a good adventure to hike a mountain and look down to the great nature God created on Earth. Godfrey and Elizabeth welcomed us in Lesotho with great love and warm hands, as we really enjoyed our stay in their country. We appreciate the good hospitality they showed us (thank you very much, Godfrey and Elizabeth).

Our journey back was great as God protected us all the way from Lesotho to Zambia; we traveled without any problems at all.

We praise and thank God the Almighty for what He has done and is still doing to us and the people in the communities. The honor and gratitude all belong to Him for showing His love and for doing the great things He is doing. Turning away from God will be the worst mistake ever made, hence by his grace, I will never ever turn away from him.

Thank you for allocating your time to read my second blog and look out for the third blog as we continue sharing about our experience.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kamima Botha – 2018 Immersion Intern

The Great God Experience

June 28th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “The Great God Experience”


My name is Kamima Caesar Botha from Choma Zambia and am 26 years old. I came to learn about Poetice and the great work they are doing in the communities surrounding Choma town from someone working there. I was very much inspired by the work they are doing in trying to change the communities to know the goodness of God. As it is my passion to see to it that the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached everywhere in the world, I was very much interested in knowing the great work they are doing. The great work Poetice is doing is mind-blowing because the response is overwhelming and great change can be seen in all angles from these communities. I am one of the seventeen interns that are doing the three-month immersion internship program, the 2018 class (Poetice).


We have done four weeks of learning so far out of the twelve weeks we are covering, and during this time the experience has been awesomely incredible. We have had seven great inspirational and passionate teachers, tacking on a number of wonderful topics. The lessons have been really inspirational in my life like never before. The topics and teachers are listed below:


– God story and Discipline (John and Abigail)

God Story – the purpose of why God created Man in his own image is to form and extend his loving family. Man was given free will to choose what is good and bad; it is what has made sin to exist and love to be possible. This means that when man sinned, he separated from God because of the sin. God loves man because he is family but hates sin (when man sins he distances himself from God). Then God made it possible for man to come back to him through sending his son Jesus Christ to come on earth and be sacrificed for man’s sin. 

– Identity (Daniel and Sarah)
Identity – ‘identity is received not achieved, it is discovered not earned.’ It is seeing and feeling about yourself the way God sees and feels about you–‘IMAGO DEI’ (image of Divinity). Man was created for relationship, to be in intimacy with him or a sacred closeness with God. Man is unique, worthy, and valuable to God. Man has core beliefs which he trusts in life, some are core truths and others are core lies. We have to trust only core truths and ignore core lies in our lives. We can only find our true self by seeking God in the first place and strengthening our relationship with Him.

– Freedom (Dave Swenson)
Freedom – to be free, someone must have come from a bondage or restriction and move to freedom, with consequences or responsibilities attached to it. The questions are: what do you fear? What do you desire? Where does our help come from? God is the answer; we fear, desire and receive help from God (worship). The best way to break from these bondages is giving up and letting go, and turn to God completely. Freedom will always relate with belonging, adoption, covenant, commitment, trust, and friendship. The place of intimacy and friendship is conflict, then it will be loving.


– God’s dream for Africa (Bruce and Fred)
God’s dream for Africa – are Africans cursed? This is the question that every African has been battling with. Knowing that Africans are descendants of Ham (the second born son of Noah), there has been a belief that since he was cursed so are they. The consolation can be found in the book of Exodus 20:5. We are all blessed by God, and the blessing of God is unreversible. God created all the races to reflect His true image.

Being on the base with people from different cultures is really challenging, and interesting at the same time (America, Malawi, Mexico, Uganda, and Zambia). No cultures from other countries are being exhibited, but we have formed one culture called the kingdom culture. At first, it was not easy to relate with everyone, especially with people from different cultures. But now it has become really great because I interact with everyone, and living as one people in a community with different cultures is great. And I am also learning about the good things about other cultures from different cultures.


The experience about spreading the Gospel here at Poetice is mind-blowing. The kids and youths program every Wednesday has really taught me so much. Outreach in the surrounding communities has really impacted me with new and great things. I attended a youth camp held on the base, which was a success and had a great impact on me. God has really been speaking to me about the plans he has for me in teaching the Gospel. I have come to believe that God has a purpose for me, which has to be fulfilled in this world–the need to take the Gospel of God to all corners of the world. It has simply been wonderful in the four weeks so far, Holy Spirit filled the atmosphere, grace and blessed experience.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kamima Botha – 2018 Immersion Intern