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Kingdom Justice

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Kingdom Justice”

In the three months, I have been in Zambia, I have learned more about God’s heart for justice for His people than I have in 22 years. I never understood justice to be God’s heart, yet it is such a huge part of His vision for His kids! Since I’ve been in Zambia, the Father has been showing me that I have to understand His justice for myself before I can really understand and fight for justice for His other children. I’ve learned so much from Him and from the amazing people that have been teaching me here. And I just want to say this now, there is a lot I have learned that I won’t be able to include in this blog, there’s simply not enough room or time at this moment! So, that being said, I will tell you some biggies I have learned about God’s heart for justice and how my life has been impacted by this.

The first and most impactful thing I’ve learned is about the Kingdom of God. What it looks like, how people are treated in this kingdom, where I fit in and most importantly how I can help bring about the kingdom are a few things that have opened my eyes about justice. Matthew 6:10 shows Jesus telling us how to pray, and He specifically says to pray for the kingdom to come to earth as it is in heaven. In many other places, the Bible tells us to SEEK the kingdom of heaven on earth, to bring it about. It also tells us that when we see things that are not of the kingdom we have to call them out! Justice! But before I really understood what the kingdom was, God started working His justice on my heart. He started telling me how He sees me, where I was seeing myself as quite the opposite. In my Father’s eyes, I’m not an object to be used, but something to be loved, cherished and honored. He is still helping me see my worth in His Son, Jesus, and I know He will never stop pursuing me. He has begun the beautiful process of delivering justice to me, and because He has shown me my worth and how this world had stripped me of it, I can now see why so many young women feel the way they do. It’s INJUSTICE and I WILL call it out everywhere I see it from now on. I am to fight for God’s heart for every other daughter He has, so they don’t have to go through what I went through. This is a huge way this internship has empowered me to fight for the Father’s heart.

The second and last thing I will talk about is what I’ve learned about God’s unquenchable love for His children, and how I can fight for justice for those who can’t fight for themselves. I want to tell a short story about two women named Agnes and Mary. My outreach team and I became friends with these two beautiful sisters, but not only that, we came to love them very much. This story doesn’t end in the lovely fairytale way the world loves to tell. It ends in a Jesus-love kind of way. Mary is the last living of Agnes’s eight children that have since passed on. Mary had 4 children, 3 of whom are still alive. After God led Agnes to us, we then were led to meet Mary, and we began to spend lots of time with them, checking on them and praying with them. We learned their stories. Mary had AIDS and was battling tuberculosis. Agnes sounded like she has TB as well, probably because she was Mary’s primary caregiver. On top of this, they were struggling to make an income because they were so sick. It’s just like God to send willing hearts to a horrible situation because He wants to comfort and love on His kids. We were so broken-hearted by their situation, but we felt so much love for them both; we couldn’t stay away. Week after week, we visited and checked on them, each time falling more and more in love. They began to smile and remember our names, saying hey sister Dalila, sister Olivia, sister Katie! They stole our hearts, and we did everything we could to let them know we cared. They are the first ones who showed me a Tonga Bible, and they read their favorite scriptures to us! The picture I’ve attached is Mary reading with Agnes beside her.

We attended Mary’s funeral yesterday. She passed away about 4 hours after we had gone to see her. We sang the song “Tata Ndili Wako” to her. It means “Father, I belong to you”, and it is so true. The Holy Spirit was there, loving on all of us as He began to wrap her in His arms. We got to be a part of the funeral and be there for Agnes and their family. We cried for the family, we mourned Mary, we spent time remembering our story with them both and we are forever changed by them. How can I be the same, see things the same way after watching Jesus comfort the poor and dying through me and my amazing team?? I can’t! His heart for justice is alive in me, and I will be forever changed by Mary and Agnes’s story. I have written over 15 pages in my journal retelling how we met them, what all we learned and what happened. I want to honor them both. I want to SEE people like Mary and DO something about it. There’s no need for millions of people to die of AIDS and hunger when there is a God like mine alive and working through me and my siblings on earth. We have to fight for God’s heart, we have to fight to bring the kingdom of God here to earth so people like Mary and Agnes don’t have to suffer and die.

I have been empowered to fight for justice by coming to Zambia, Africa and doing the Poetice International Internship. Thank you to all of the staff and all of the teachers who have helped me see what I have seen. Thank you Mary and Agnes for letting me love you and get to know you. Thank you, Jesus, for loving me. Thank you for your perfect love and for your coming Kingdom, and that I get to be a part of it. I am eternally grateful, literally!

Katie Piner – 2018 Immersion Intern

Love of my Life

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Love of my Life”

Hey everyone! So, we’re back in Choma, Zambia after a VERY long bus ride (35 hours) to the kingdom of Lesotho, found in South Africa. Our Immersion team went to Butha Buthe for 10 days to do outreach and to serve the Leadership Experience (LXP Lesotho) ministry there. The team leaders who are also husband and wife of this ministry are Godfrey and Elizabeth, and I got the amazing privilege of staying at their house. So, I got to spend a lot of time watching their marriage and their way of life, and it was all such an encouragement to me! Not only did I learn a lot from the ministry, but God showed up, as He is notorious to do when I least expected Him. Lesotho turned out to be a place I’ll never, ever forget. 

Surrounded by mountains made of rock with a few sprinkles of trees, Lesotho is a breathtaking land to behold, much different from the flat Choma I have grown to love. Just the landscape puts you in awe of God’s amazing creativity. The Basotho people, who live in Lesotho, and who speak the language Sesotho are also very different from the Zambians I have grown to love. From the language, which is stinking hard because there are so many clicks, to the clothes they wear, they are so neat to watch. When we arrived in Lesotho, it was the coldest it had been all winter. Just our luck! It was freezing, literally. So everywhere you looked, the people wore blankets draped and wrapped around their shoulders and their thighs to keep the heat in. If you have seen the Black Panther movie, you know what I’m talking about, because part of that movie was filmed there. The people of Lesotho even prepare their nshima differently there (still tasty). I just loved taking note of all the cultural differences between Zambia and Lesotho. It was absolutely breathtaking!

I have so many things I loved about my experience in Lesotho, but I think the biggest takeaways are what God was teaching me there and getting to serve the community and meet some of the villagers! While I was there, God really began speaking to me about my identity again, that I still wasn’t seeing myself the way He sees me, and that we’ve got to continuously work on it. He also really began forcing me to see that I have always had a fear of being rejected, of being alone, and I have to come to see that NO MATTER WHO LEAVES IN MY LIFE, HE NEVER WILL. Hard truths, but I needed them.

As I spent my first “solitude” time with Him on the mountain, He began walking with me and talking like I have never seen Him before. I have really learned that if I give Him time, He can work through anything with me. 

When we went to Lesotho, I knew we would be doing something like community service, but I didn’t expect so much of what we did. We painted, scraped off, and repainted a school for grades 1-7 a new, peaceful color yellow, and yes, we did it in that order. Lesson learned. We tried to fix a super bumpy road, and it did help some. We helped rebuild part of a house made of rocks and clay with some longer lasting concrete, which was a really cool first for me! We helped clear a farming field full of spiky burrs with a bunch of shovels. We washed the dishes that “bred on the counter” and we swept and we built chicken coops. But the best part was the kid’s ministry days. We danced and worshiped in 3 different languages, rolled tires around and kicked soccer balls until I thought my heart would burst and my cheeks hurt from smiling. We carried buckets to a local tap for water and raced back with the filled buckets in wheelbarrows (I lost). We pet baby cows and puppies (don’t tell my leaders because I can’t seem to stop and they get frustrated– hehe). 

We watched soccer games and cheered together. I met an old man who had been prayed for by a young intern two years ago, and he was miraculously healed straight out of his wheelchair. He must have asked us where Emily was a hundred times. He was so precious, and what Jesus did in his life made such an impact. Meeting the people in Lesotho was such a blessing. 

Outreach was a trip I will never forget. Spending time connecting with people on my team, the people in Lesotho and time connecting with the Love of my life was so beautiful, and I have grown so much from it. I so appreciate the chance to get to go! Until next time, peace out!!

Katie Piner – 2018 Immersion Intern

Beautiful Family

June 29th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Beautiful Family”

Hey, Y’all! My name is Katie and I am a 22-year-old from Marion, South Carolina. Yes, I am the only southern belle intern here! My accent is still a topic of conversation, even after a month! I come from a small, beautiful family that taught me the love of God as I grew up. I love science so much that I decided to get a college degree in biology and chemistry, and I graduated from Francis Marion University on May 5th of this year. My plan has always been to attend medical school and to become a medical missionary, traveling the world, saving everyone I came across. I had all my “ducks in a row,” or so I thought. I heard about this Internship through Jeremy Emert at a small church in Florence, South Carolina. I prayed that night on the way home, heard God say “Apply and I’ll work it out,” and the next day I applied. I got accepted and the Faithful One showed up just as He said he would. He provided the funds through so many of my amazing friends, family, and even a few strangers. Little did I know, He would continue to do so much more in my life once I finally reach Zambia, Africa. 

It has been a little over a month since I arrived, and looking back I can’t believe how much God has already done in me. I have come to realize that while I thought I was coming here to “save and help” the people of Zambia, God had always been planning to bring me here to He could show me His heart FOR ME, not the people here. I am not saying that He hasn’t shown me His love for them, but I have come to understand I simply cannot comprehend His heart for THEM when I don’t even know His heart for ME. So He has been showing me how He sees me, showing me my true identity in Him, and showing me that true healing and redemption takes time and lots of love. At this point in time, I am still working through some of these things, but I know without a doubt that He is with me and is proud of me no matter what. 

This internship has been beyond compare in so many ways. From the loving and dedicated staff to the other interns to the teachers, they are all so amazing and I have learned so much from each of them. I have learned God’s heart like never before. I see what Kingdom Culture is supposed to look like in my life, a huge family where everyone is so different but so loved. God has begun to show me my identity in Him, and it has changed me forever. I see the God Story now; I mean I REALLY SEE IT! He is so alive and so much more involved in my life than I ever knew, and He wants me more than I ever thought. Each week of teaching, from Purpose week to Identity week to Freedom week to Africa week and now to Worship week, I am soaking up so much fresh knowledge that I am so full. I hope I never stop learning about God and all of His heart. 

I am so grateful and humbled that God chose me to come to this amazing country and learn more about Him, myself and the beautiful people here. I have met so many new family members and friends, my heart is so happy! I am growing and changing so much, and I hope it never stops! Thank you to everyone who helped me get here and who believed in me! Thank you, Jesus, for all that you’ve done in my life, and I pray you never stop working!

Katie Piner – 2018 Immersion Intern