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