Posts by mckenziewarner

World's Deep Hunger

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “World's Deep Hunger”

Wow, how is this summer already over? What a journey it has been! I have learned so much about who God is and His burning desire for justice. I first had to better understand what justice is before I could become an agent of it. Justice is a theme found all throughout Scripture that portrays the Lord’s heart and vision for His people. Micah 6:8 says to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. Three simple commands, yet we still struggle to live this out.

Justice is not only the act of doing what is right; justice is having the courage to step into what is wrong in this world and making it right again. I have the authority to bind things that are not righteous and just as well as the authority to loose those that are. Whatever is for the Kingdom, can be loosed. If it does not belong in the Kingdom, I must bind it. If I see an injustice, I must do something about it.

I have learned that God sent His Son to earth, he did not send money. God didn’t say that money would fix the world’s problems. He didn’t hand over money to find solutions to the injustices of the world. He sent His Son. We are called to be like Jesus. I can step into the mess of the world, build relationships with people, seek justice, and experience transformation. I can use the gifts and talents that God has imparted to me to help impact the injustices all across the globe. Money and development cannot fix injustices, but loving people and living righteously alongside of them can.

My passion is to see others find their God-given calling and purpose. I come alive when I see someone pursue what they were made for. I believe that God has given us each unique passions and desires and we should live into those. I love seeing dreams come alive. I want those who have never dreamt to start dreaming. I desire to see those dreams come to fruition. I believe that God put such desires in our hearts to not just sit there but to push us to do what we were made for. Whatever makes you come alive, what makes you tick, the thing that you love most, your hearts deepest desire is your passion! And that, I believe, is your purpose in this life. It is what you have to offer to this world!!

Frederick Buechner once said that my vocation is where my passions and the world’s deepest hunger meet. WOW! I see a world that is lacking purpose. We live mundane lives with no meaning. We go to work because the world says we need to. We sit in hours of business meetings, hating every minute of it. We live paycheck to paycheck. We indulge in the money that we do make. We don’t enjoy the work that we’re doing. Maybe we do enjoy the work we’re doing but it has a negative impact on others. We spend hours working while each minute goes by we aren’t truly living. We are counting down the minutes until its 5 pm. We can’t wait until Friday finally comes. We live for the weekend. Monday comes and we do it all over again. Where is the passion? Where is the purpose? What are we living for? I don’t want to just wake up and waste another day.

For me, living out my passion is living justly. This is stepping into the wrong and making it right again. If I can empower others to live out their passions and purpose, wouldn’t the world start to become a better place?

My big dream is to empower local people whether that be in Haiti, in Africa, or wherever God tells me. I believe that true transformation takes time. I want to spend much time in communities where people don’t even know how to dream because all they know is what is in front of them. I want to elicit dreams and see them lived out. I desire to see lives restored. I want to help others find their purpose and live into it. I believe that the cure for poverty and brokenness is a holistic approach. When someone knows their identity, their passion, their calling… they can then take action and live into that purpose. They see themselves as worthy and good. There is now a purpose to waking up and living each day. Once one finds their purpose, I believe each component of a human improves: socially, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. It is a cycle. And it all starts with believing in someone. Taking the time to sit down and speak life into them.

Passions may include cars, people, farming, mentoring, missions, teaching, children, law, healthcare, music… the list goes on! Whatever it is, I believe we each have a passion inside of us. I want to encourage others to discover their passion and make a purpose from it. Wherever I do end up, I want to see the discovery of passions and then walk alongside them as they enter into it.

A world that is full of people with passion and a purpose is a world that injustice cannot live in. This is my greatest desire.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
McKenzie Warner – 2018 Immersion Intern

Unexpected Joy

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Unexpected Joy”

Shop shop! (which means “I’m good” in Sesotho)

I just spent the past two weeks in the Kingdom of Lesotho! Wooo! It was an amazing experience. I was able to serve the people of Nkoeng alongside my incredible team of interns. We overcame the extremely cold weather with positive attitudes and excited hearts to serve. My team was able to rebuild a road, paint a schoolhouse, minister with local people, teach a computer course, and just love on the community.

I experienced joy in ways that I did not expect. I saw joy all over the faces of the women who watched us paint and fix up the schoolhouse. They were elated to see young servants serving their community so well. It was a special moment. I personally felt so much joy in my heart when a few team members and I ministered to a mama in the community. She shared some personal experiences with us that had hurt her. We were able to pray with her and lift her up with encouraging truths about who she is. 

I learned that ministry can just simply be a way of life. It doesn’t have to be perfectly in order or at a set time. Godfrey and Elizabeth, the leaders of LXP Lesotho, are incredible examples of what that looks like. They just minister by the way that they live life. They have no agenda, only love. They open their home to the local children every single day. To me, that is what heaven looks like. An open door, a hug, an encouragement, a place to simply be. They both have such genuine hearts and it amazes me. I am inspired to live out my ministry in this way. I also grew closer to God as I spent hours in solitude. He spoke to me personally, asking me to give him a 100% yes. That I would be all in with my life. Hallelujah!

I was challenged by the coldness of Lesotho, but I was able to overcome that by remaining positive and of course, layering up, 7 layers to be exact! I also struggled with living so close to my entire team. I never had my own personal space, and I am a person who loves that. I learned that God takes us out of our comfort zone to teach us. I learned patience and understanding. He is still working on that within me, but I feel blessed to have experience that this past week because I can take that with me into this final month of internship. 

Altogether, Lesotho was an experience like no other. I am so thankful that I was able to take such a trip with my team. I feel very blessed to have met the people of Nkoeng and to love on the community. I am looking forward to the ways that I can practice that back in the communities in Choma.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
McKenzie Warner – 2018 Immersion Intern

Choosing a Master

June 26th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Choosing a Master”


Wow, how in the world has it already been four weeks that I have been living in Choma? I think that it took me two full weeks to fully process and understand that I was even in Africa. Now I am four and a half weeks in and cannot believe that I am a third of the way done! This past month has been an incredible ride. I have learned so much about myself, my God, and His kingdom. Although days move slowly here, time is going by too quick! But, I am just so excited to see what is coming for the next two months!!


In the classroom, we began learning about the God Story, which changed my entire perspective of Jesus and what He did for us. He rewrote the story and changed our future forever!!! The following week, we learned about identity and what that means to live into the truth of who God says that I am. I learned that once I know how God sees me, I can then see others in that way and love them in the same way that God does. The next week, we learned that belonging is better than freedom and that covenant is better than doing whatever I want. I will always have a master in my life… who or what do I want mine to be? Things of this world or God? God is my master!!! Hallelujah! This most recent week, in the classroom, we learned about God’s dream for Africa, the heritage of God’s people, and how to be a faithful leader. I have never been so excited to sit in a classroom. This stuff is SO GOOD! I want everybody to understand what I am learning. My heart is changing. God is bringing me from glory to glory.


I have loved doing ministry within the two communities: Kabanana and Mwapona! I have met people who have touched my life forever. I have seen the Holy Spirit moving and touching many. I have seen where God is building and growing the people here. I have had the privilege to visit the homes of children from Poetice Kids. I love being able to get to know their families and enjoy that intimate space with them. Each Monday, I have been going to a local farm to help out with daily chores. This farm isn’t just any typical farm, it is truly inspiring and a genuine blessing from God. All of the proceeds from the farm help orphan children pay their school fees. HOW AMAZING! I am blown away by this farming organization and how impactful it is. I absolutely enjoy every minute while serving there.


Living cross-culturally has been an amazing experience thus far. It has its challenges because of the differences, but it is SO rewarding. God has blessed me with beautiful brothers and sisters in Christ who happen to come from all across the globe. We choose to be one family here at Poetice, living into “Kingdom Culture.” We are one body. One family. What a blessing it is to be surrounded by a body of people who lift me up, constantly encourage, speak life, and push me in my faith journey. I am 8,000 miles away from home, but my African people make me feel like I am right at home. I am so grateful!!



 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
McKenzie Warner – 2018 Immersion Intern