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Chaotic Wonder

September 9th, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016 0 comments on “Chaotic Wonder”

How can one sum up a whole three months of chaotic wonder? These few months have been one of learning and going with the flow. I always I have my own ideas and expectations but God was quick to crush those in the first couple weeks, which definitely hurt a lot. But I know that He had to tear down my wrong ideas to build me up with things of Him.

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I knew I would be taken outside of my comfort zone and I know that God has given me the gift of adapting to new areas. It’s the situations that get me all caught up and frozen. Doing programs like Beat the Drum was great and they did train us well. Of course things come up and schools will change their mind at times, so the organization can be lost. What was challenging for me was to adapt to the new situation of the new disorganized situation that we then found ourselves. I think through that couple week I saw a glimpse of something that could be in me. I am not good at connecting with middle age teens but it doesn’t mean I can’t get better and grow in that.

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Before I came I was hoping to be with the really young kids because my heart just burned with love for them. Thankfully there were times in Choma andLesotho that I got to spend with them. I would’ve liked to have even more time to spend with them, but again that was my own hopeful expectation.

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The experience with the house of 16 people was so much better than expected. It went from difficult living to better in the middle and difficult towards the end. I’m glad to have the opportunity to know what it’s like to live in that way with so many others, but I’m also glad that it’s not for a longer amount of time. Maybe it’s just me, but living with multiple boys can be an experience that you only need to live out once.

I love my roommates, with all their constant singing and laughter. Our conversations weren’t always kept surface level and we were always curious to know more. And so many funny questions were asked about both of our cultures which I really enjoyed!

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The amount of learning… I feeling like it’s overflowing my brain, in the best way. I have learned so much from various teachers that made my mind expand in way I didn’t think would be possible to happen. Growing up with so much Christianity in my life I didn’t really know what else they would teach me that I didn’t already know or have heard before. I am so glad I was wrong! I now know so much more about my Father and His people.

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I feel so spoiled with love from people from my house and the organization. This is a place that cares so much about the individual before anything else and that’s something this world needs more of. The heart of Poetice and EMIZ is primarily about God’s will for His people, to have relationship with Him and it shows.

Kayla Hoogendyk • 2016 International Immersion Intern


August 3rd, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016 0 comments on “WOW”

During the last month it’s been pretty nonstop in the ministry programs. I had no idea what God had in store, but I soon found out I was not prepared for a lot of it. One of them was Beat the Drum. I knew that we would teach on HIV to kids in schools but I didn’t know how focused on abstinence we would be. I think it’s really great that that was our main focus, it only became more difficult because we weren’t talking about a disease anymore, but a lifestyle. I learned that even when you plan every moment of every hour, be prepared for nothing to go according to schedule. This happened mainly after the training week for Beat the Drum when we were going to go into the schools. It was a holiday for two days of the week and the teachers thought they could get kids to come in still for our teaching. There were two schools and with the one I was at only 40 showed up. When things like this happen it’s ok I think to be a little disappointed as long as we quickly take this new opportunity with these 40 lives and knowing God wanted them there for a purpose.

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I also found out that don’t declare in your mind that your job is done before you’ve fully finished. In my group that I taught along with others we split up who’d be teaching what day and so I thought my time was “done” especially on our last day there. We decided to have some one on ones with the girls and boy was I not ready for the story I was about to hear. This girl named Naomi was so open and shared with me, some stranger, something she hadn’t shared with anyone yet. I was a little stuck on how to help her because when he finished she asked me for advise and I didn’t know what I could say. Thankfully as a spoke God gave me some words to speak and advise. It was difficult to know how she accepted what I said, but I know God put her with me for a reason and I have to trust that He will work on her heart with the words He gave me to say.

Outreach… I mean can I just say WOW!? What a time. We crossed four borders to get there and saw a lot through our windows along the way. It was so crazy! My heart felt so much during that week and a half. 

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As we came upon the mountain of Lesotho I was in awe. There was so many mountains and all I could think was, where did this place come from? Never heard of it. Why hasn’t this place been broadcasted?? When we met Godfrey, one of the people who lives there and started LXP there, he was so welcoming. Everyone was so kind and hospitable, even more than all the hospitality than we have already received. I was feeling more at home there than I have yet in Africa, which is so odd. Since there was so much I’m going to narrow it down to just a couple things.

The first one is that He is patient with us. When I was talking to Him one morning there was something that I spoke that clicked. I’ve never prayed as much as I have here which is great because we should be relying on God for every little thing. Some things I say are so typical to God because we do it so much but He is so patient with us for waiting for us to say that one word or one sentence that helps us realize something new. Also, while one of our services was happening I was sitting nearby outside of the tent and there was this little boy who came and sat down next to me. He smiled at me and I tried to ask him his name but I don’t know if he was shy or just didn’t understand me, but he just smiled when I asked. Then we started to build a pile of the dry grass and I just kept thinking, what are we going to make this into? What’s the point of this pile of grass? And then I felt God telling me that it doesn’t matter what it’ll be as long as you have the joy in whatever you are building. Because this sweet boy was smiling and was having so much joy in making this pile. He didn’t care what it turned into he only trusted that it was going to be good. In the same way I need to trust God with how He is growing and shaping me, not to be skeptical and ask so many questions. I just have to rest in Him and trust that it’ll be good. 

Kayla Hoogendyk • 2016 International Immersion Intern

Walking By Faith

June 29th, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016 0 comments on “Walking By Faith”

Leading up to this great adventure of Zambia, I was so excited! Spending three months in a totally different place, making new relationships and learning a new culture was something I was really looking forward to. The week before I left though I started to doubt God’s plan for me coming here and I was honestly asking myself, “Is there still time to back out?” But I imagined what it would be like if I didn’t go and what I would do if I stayed where I was. This pushed me even more to leave because I knew there’s more to learn and more to grow in by coming here. I was reading through Hebrews before I left and I was on chapter 11 and the whole chapter is talking about walking by faith. So many of God’s people in the Bible were mentioned as it said “It was by faith that…” And this resonated with me. It was by faith that me, little 20 year old Kayla would travel over 24 hours to come to the country of Zambia to live for these three months.

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I have experience so much already from waking up 5:30am to going to bed at 10pm at night. Each day is filled with a challenge whether it be from a lesson that morning or waiting to use the bathroom in the morning that’s shared with ten other girls. Whenever I enter the room I can almost always expect dancing or singing or one of the girls just yelling, “Kayla!” when they see me. There is so much love from the group. I have definitely been challenged not only in living in a house packed with sixteen people, but in the teachings.

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During every week we have been taught on various topics like God’s Dream For Africa, What mission is and how it relates to us, Fasting, Submission and so on. My brain has never been so filled with so much information! Especially with topics from the Bible that are directly related to me. My heart has been confused and inspired all at once on how I can help the Lord’s will for my life and where I should go. Everyone that has taught us has given me something to think about. It has shown me how personal my Father is with what he has created with whom He has created. 

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I haven’t been able to pin point exactly why God wanted me here. It’s been great making all the friendships and helping with the organization. My eyes have been opened to a new culture and way of life that is full of hard working people who live by faith. I have been struggling with trying not to plan because my weakness is planning. As I talked with others, I was given the advise to stop being an American and start being an African and live my days by faith as they do. Sound familiar? The very same thing I started this trip with! It’s probably time I start taking that good advise that God has been telling me from the start. Still have a little while ago, but I can’t wait to see how the end result looks!

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Kayla Hoogendyk • 2016 International Immersion Intern