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KELSEY LEMON: Second Update!

July 27th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “KELSEY LEMON: Second Update!”

“There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain.”

The truth behind these words becomes ever- evident to me as my father guides my feet into humble homes to lay hands on those in spiritual, physical, or emotional bondage. Over the past month my eyes have been opened to the healing power of the Holy Spirit. I’ve sat in the sand praying over a toddler who was sick and burning up with a fever and felt the Holy Spirit enter in and her temperature vanish beneath my palms. I’ve seen Jesus pick up a lame man and allow him to walk and even dance. I’ve been given endless opportunities to love on children and see love create open hearts that were then ready to receive the Life only found in relationship with Christ. There is power in the name of Jesus.
I came into this experience full of anticipation to witness the Holy Spirit, to know it and to know the greatness of my God by knowing every aspect of who He is. Coming from America, where the Holy Spirit is not often called upon, welcomed or rarely talked about in specific I had no idea what to expect; I hardly had any idea of what I even believed when it came to healing and the Holy Spirit manifesting itself through spiritual gifts. But the Holy Spirit is so real, healing is happening and spiritual gifts are being molded everyday through the grace of God. And although all these things are perfect and good and BEAUTIFUL, over the past month what I’ve come to know is that over any healing or gift the Holy Spirit is here to deliver us into a deeper understanding of God’s love.
Sometimes we will remain unhealed, we will not find gifts that can deliver us from circumstances that seem to imprison us- but if we know the father and His tender unfailing love- we are free.
Through teachings from Pastor Fred and our recent outreach trip to Malawi, I’ve entered into a new way of thinking- challenging myself to love who God has created me to be. To see the value in this woman I’m designed to be and Jesus seems to think is to die for; To allow myself to love and be loved because my creator desires nothing less for me. And I’m just starting but I can see the effects already. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. So how can I truly love others when I struggle to see worth in myself?
Now embracing this challenge I’ve found a new need for God; realizing that real love doesn’t exist outside of relationship with Him. To see the kingdom grow and to allow the Holy Spirit to continue setting captives free in any and every form is all I desire. So here’s to knowing love, and needing love; to rejoicing in healing and trusting when it doesn’t happen; to never growing tired of giving life because there’s a well overflowing inside myself. I will continue to be desperate, to seek my reflection in Christ alone and give without charging because I’ve received without paying.
There is power in the name of Jesus.

Kelsey Lemon • 2017 International Immersion Intern

My Heart House

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “My Heart House”

Hello! My name’s Kelsey Lemon and I am being insanely transformed by the intimate power of Jesus Christ here in Choma, Zambia.
The Lord has brought me here for many reasons, many I’m sure I don’t know yet, but especially to pull me away, draw me in, and show me who I am in Him and how much He loves me. Over the first few weeks I’ve been taught so much about my identity in Christ, how to study the Bible and what my purpose is in this crazy life. Although all of these lessons have impacted me insanely, I want to take this blog to expand on what I’ve been able to absorb through our first week’s lessons on identity.

As a quick precursor to this I wanted to share that intimacy is something I’ve always struggled with, feeling distant or disconnected is something I’ve been used to and even came to a point of accepting it as some character flaw I must carry for the rest of my life. But not anymore! Within the first week I was blessed by teachers who allowed Jesus to speak right through them and tell me how wrong I am; that there is an abundance of pure intimate love designed for my heart and my life. We were encouraged to imagine our “heart house”. To close our eyes and allow the imaginations God blessed us with to bring to life the desires of our hearts in the image of a house. A place to dwell, rooms vacant or filled, places to invest in whoever you decide to let in doing whatever you decide to do. I wish I could walk through this with everyone on this planet and show them how perfectly God has created each of our hearts as individuals.
I am a brick home, my garden full of food I can harvest and cook with Jesus in my kitchen, to feed anyone who walks through my always open doors. I have a glass greenhouse full of flowers and plants and a cobblestone floor leading to a table for two- a place to have tea, to sit and think and be in the presence of one I love. I am a ballroom with wooden floors stretched out meeting walls filled with open windows allowing in the warm breeze of the always warm valley I dwell inside. The curtains dance on the air that comes in and fills my lungs as I dance down an aisle- reliving the moment I said yes and became a bride of Christ. I can see Jesus there as I walk in again, eyes full of adoring tears, joy rolling down His cheeks as I take myself back to our permanent “I do.”. I see us dancing and ending this time sitting on the floor, Him brushing my hair and letting me soak in the infinite warmth that is His love.

There was more but that explains so much what I found in my heart that day- intimacy. An unashamed desire to be loved and valued and to find community, to grow and give life and experience real rest. Quickly after this experience that opened my eyes, I closed them and found myself mourning the fact that this intimacy is something I will not be able to truly experience until I enter into eternity with my Savior. Bare with me, I have to jump ahead to continue explaining how God was transforming my heart that day.
Later that day was kids club- an event we host on the base with any and all kids in the surrounding community. They are invited to come, play some games, get loved on and learn about the Bible and the truth it holds out for them to grab unto. I found myself sitting on the patio, surrounded by kids, the warm breeze coming through; and Jesus brushing my hair. Through small dusty hands Jesus met me that afternoon, playing with my hair and answering the call of my heart. My heart house is a place on earth when I am dwelling in the presence of God and following Him in obedience. Quite literally he gives me what only my heart knew I’ve always longed for. Since that day I’ve grown closer and closer and know who I am because of the love He desires to pour over me. I’m overflowing to say the least.
My team is full of encouragement and love and so is this beautiful community and country. Living in a constant state of thanksgiving and anticipation for all the ways the Holy Spirit will continue to move this summer.

Kelsey Lemon • 2017 International Immersion Intern