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MAKENZIE KING: Final Update!

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “MAKENZIE KING: Final Update!”

New people, new experiences, hearing God’s voice, amazing friendships, on fire worship for the Lord, Discovery Bible Studies (DBS), reading the Bible out loud, Kids Club, identity, purpose, the genealogy of Jesus, God’s plan for Africa, Kingdom Family, relationships, Malawi, healings, miracles, receiving of spiritual gifts, radical revival, justice, righteousness, Reach for Life Camp, trips to town, Munali’s, Debonair’s, Grande’s, Choma Market, Spar, ice cream, chocolate bars, scones, chocolate croissants, taxi rides, Fanta, Sprite, Coke, chips (crisps), Mwapona, Kabanana, Community Night, Family Fun Night, cooking teams, and Debrief are just a few words to describe the last three months of my life.

It’s hard for me to understand how fast the last three months has gone. To be honest, it’s been a roller coaster. There have been many ups and several downs, but the Lord was SO present through it all. I’ve gotten to witness and be apart of so many incredible testimonies of faith and healings. I’ve witnessed things that I had only ever heard about like praying over a lame man and then watching him walk and then run and then dance. I’ve watched as my friends here have found healing in their hearts from past hurts. I’ve watched as the people in the surrounding communities I’ve gotten to know continually display their strong faith in God despite trials they’ve faced. I got to meet and hold a newborn baby who’s name was only fitting because he was a true Miracle who’s family faithfully waited for him for 13 years. I then got to attend his baby shower to celebrate him. I’ve been there to welcome all the hugs from the kids that just need to be loved on. I’ve shared my testimony way more times than I planned on, and each time the Lord used it for good. I’ve experienced going into the communities and having people yell my name because they actually know me. I’ve found healing in my own heart, and through out it all I’ve felt the warmth of the Lord’s embrace every step of the way.

Right now I’m sitting in the guest house writing this blog and listening to Christmas music—yes Christmas music haha! The last week and this coming week are hard for me. I’m missing my family and friends so much as all the other interns are talking about going home. I’m sad that this season in Choma is coming to an end and that I don’t get to go home and see my family and friends, but I’m SO thrilled that I get to stay in Livingstone for another two months to complete half of my student teaching! This was an idea and then a desire in the making for the past year. Looking back, seeing all the hoops I had to jump through to follow the Lord’s calling to be sitting here right now just didn’t seem possible last October. To be entering into this time of student teaching here in Zambia is a true blessing from the Lord, because there were so many logistics to work out—many leading to dead ends. I’m SO thankful for all of the professors who fought for me to be here. I’m excited for this next season even though it’ll be a HOT one here!

To anyone who’s reading this and thinking of doing the internship next year, do it. If there’s anything in you that feels the Lord calling you to apply, do it. If you think you can’t afford it, walk through the doors and stand amazed as the Lord provides every penny you need. If you love the Lord, want to get to know Him more, love kids, love building relationships, love culture, have a desire to go to Zambia, love being abroad, or feel called to share the gospel, do it. If you feel called, do it, and watch as the Lord completely transforms your heart, mind, and soul.

Makenzie King • 2017 International Immersion Intern

MAKENZIE KING: Second Update!

July 24th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “MAKENZIE KING: Second Update!”

Hello again! I hope you’re all doing well! The Lord has been moving in HUGE ways since my last blog. I’ve been challenged and stretched spiritually, physically, and emotionally over the past 4 weeks. For anyone who’s reading this blog, thinking about or already praying about doing this internship next summer, I want to be honest with you: the past two months has not been. I’ve laughed and cried, been sick twice now, missed home, missed my family, missed my friends, missed my church, been challenged by God and my friends to heal certain areas of my life and heart that 1) I either didn’t want to heal or 2) I didn’t know I needed to heal, I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen pain, I’ve seen thankfulness in the midst of brokenness, and I’ve seen the Lord heal both instantly and over time through both those we are ministering to as well as interns—all of which have been miraculous. In all truthfulness, this has been the hardest two months of my life spiritually. Here are just a few of the amazing ways the Lord has been moving in and through me.

This past week we were in Mongochi, Malawi doing outreach in villages. These villages were primarily Muslim. So there wasn’t just a language barrier, but a religious barrier as well—or so I thought. One thing I’ve been praying about all summer was to see a miraculous, instant healing. I’ve heard plenty of stories of the lame walking and the blind seeing, but to be honest, I’ve struggled believing that it was real. I thought that I needed to see a healing to have a stronger faith. Over the week in Malawi, many people saw healings, yet I was never in the right place at the right time, and I kept asking God why I didn’t get to share in these experiences. My team (Violet, Kelsey, and Max) prayed over a lot of people, but never saw any instant results. Slowly through the week, the Lord kept whispering, “I’m still working through you even if you don’t see an immediate result.” I tried to rest on this. Over the week as we went to check up on people we saw in the previous days, we began to hear that the Lord had healed them from a sickness or pain, and I began to trust more and more that these healings were real.

On Friday I was put in a situation I never thought I’d find myself in. I went to pray for a woman who asked for healing of head and rib/side pain. I placed my hands on the woman’s head and side and began to pray. I started by saying “Jesus.” That was the only word I got out before I quickly realized that the woman had a demon inside of her. I was shocked and caught off guard, but the Lord kept reminding me that He turns every bad thing into something good. The woman was okay and ended up accepting Christ into her life, but what resonated with me most was that all it took was the name “Jesus.” Over the next several days God kept reminding me of the power of His name—in Jesus’s name.

By Saturday, the Lord had completed shattered my thought that I had to see a healing to have a stronger faith. I realized that the Lord was strengthening my faith in Him in other ways: relationships, prayer, trust, and believing. The next day, after coming to this realization, the Lord showed me a miraculous healing when my group came upon a man who couldn’t walk. We told him that if he had faith to get up in the name of Jesus and walk. The man got up, walked, and danced, proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ as Lord.

“Weeping may last for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
~Psalm 30:5~

Makenzie King • 2017 International Immersion Intern

Community Visits & Familiar Faces!

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “Community Visits & Familiar Faces!”

Hi, my name is Makenzie King, and I’m from Peoria, IL, which is approximately 8,500 miles from where I’m sitting right now! I just finished my senior year at Indiana Wesleyan University as a Music Education major. This fall I will be student teaching (half in Zambia and the other half back in Indiana) before graduating this December. I’m also one of the 20 interns this summer in Choma, Zambia! This is my third trip to Zambia.

Things have been absolutely incredible over the last 4 weeks here! This is officially the longest I’ve ever been in the country at one time. It’s been nice to be here and not have to be thinking about going home next week. Instead I get to do life here. We’ve been going into the surrounding communities multiple times a week to get to know the local people, and I have to say it’s pretty awesome to see some familiar faces while walking through these communities. I’ve been forming friendships with several of these people, and it’s always a joy to be greeted with smiling faces!

It wouldn’t be honest if I said we haven’t had any struggles over the past 4 weeks. We’ve all had our fair share of difficulties from adjusting to our new home for this season of our lives to sicknesses. For me, the hardest part hit me on our second night here. Having been here twice already I didn’t really expect to experience much culture shock this time, but it was the worst culture shock I’ve experienced yet. We stayed in host homes with friends of the ministry. The house I stayed at was out in the middle of nowhere, and I was with one of the Zambian interns, but I was the only American there. I had no way of contacting anyone. Throughout the evening I struggled to communicate with the family as they only spoke broken English and Losi (one of the main Zambian languages). I felt very alone and so ill-equipped to be here. Later the next day I was able to talk with a couple of the other interns and some of the staff about my experience, which really helped me process through what I was feeling. I no longer feel alone or ill-equipped

My favorite part about this whole experience thus far is how much time I have available to spend with God. Never before have I been in a place or situation where I have no distractions to take me away from God. Of course God has always been the focus of my life, but when I’m at school, classes take a large portion of my day, followed by 2-3 rehearsals, practice time, dinner if I have time, homework, and hopefully time for sleep. This summer I get to take away all the distractions and purely focuses on my relationship with God. It absolutely amazes me how much more I notice and experience God on an everyday basis when I’m focusing on Him. I’ve heard God speaking every day to me while I’ve been here. He’s absolutely everywhere. He’s in our worship, prayer, class, and meal time, He’s in the communities we visit, He’s in all the poverty we see, He’s in all the smiles we receive, He’s in all the brokenness, He’s everywhere and He wants to pour into all of us.

What I’ve been learning most is to listen, hear, and discern what the Lord is telling me, which has created a much deeper relationship between me and God. He has been revealing things to me that I didn’t even know existed, and He’s been healing me in areas of my life that I didn’t even realize needed healing. For anyone who is reading this, I encourage you to quiet your soul and truly listen to the Father. When we sit in stillness, the Lord responds with a tidal wave of love, direction, and light.

Makenzie King • 2017 International Immersion Intern