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MEHGAN KUHNS: Final Update!

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

To be asked to reflect on my entire experience here this summer is unfair. So much has happened and been revealed to me. God is good! It is so crazy to think that I left Michigan the end of May and now it’s almost mid-August! Time flies and yet I feel as though I have been here forever. I am blown away.

I think one of the main things I learned this summer was how to embrace who I am, who God made me to be. How to operate within who I am without limiting myself to those things. And to not compare my gifts with other people’s gifts, nor get discouraged when I can’t help it. To rest in the fact that God has made me who I am, and all I have to be is HIS. He will do the rest. To just simply BE. To be present and engaged, even if it’s in silence or listening. I am discovering the freedom of being me. That’s all.


I can say that I am even more uncertain of my future now then I was at the beginning of the summer. Coming into this I hoped that God would reveal at least which continent He wanted me on, or even what branch of ministry I should pursue. I feel even more uninformed. Throughout the summer I kept getting glimpses of something I could do, and then another glimpse of something else, and another. The challenge is being patient for what God has for me even though I cannot see but a few months in advance. This week my future became even more uncertain because I lost my job because I have been away too long. So I am left wondering what God has planned for me. There are days when it is discouraging to have no plans, and other days (like today) when I am filled with excitement and anticipation for all that He has in store for me. I know that He has the best in mind for me and can’t wait to see what He does.


  
I am also very sad to leave this place; it has grown on me. I’m going to miss the brisk cool morning devotions and the almost constant sunshine, the people all around me, my dear friends, and maybe even the dust. I am so very thankful that I got to be here this summer, it’s all God! He is so good and I am so excited to see what He does.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mehgan Kuhns • 2017 International Immersion Intern

MEHGAN KUHNS: Second Update!

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

July 20th. The past few weeks have flown by! It feels like so much has happened in them! God has worked many wonders and He has been faithful in so many ways.
The teachers we have had have been great in equipping us and pouring into us. It has been very beneficial to learn from their experiences. From learning of our Purpose, to Africa week to Godly relationships. I really enjoyed all that they had to say.

Our trip to Malawi was a great surprise to me. Coming on this internship I hadn’t known that we would be going on outreach there. At first on hearing it I was wary of it and felt that I wouldn’t enjoy it, and that it would be very stretching and uncomfortable. But God didn’t let me stay feeling that way. He blew my mind. It was about a 36hour road trip. It blew my mind that we were literally in a bus, traveling, in the middle of Africa. Crazy. It was such an unexpected joy to me. There were times I wanted to be afraid because we were in the middle of nowhere driving through mountains and we were far away from help, but through it all God just told me, “it’s okay.” So I rested in that. It was so cool to see the mountains, I still can’t grasp that it actually happened, it felt like something you only see in movies. We drove 5ish hours through and around mountains in the middle of Africa and suddenly came to the town! A bustling city close to Lake Malawi!


I liked Malawi, I felt comfortable there, despite my fears. Even when we had no idea what type of ministry we were going to do, I still felt peace. Oliver and Rhoda are the missionaries there and it was awesome to jump in with them, even though it was blind the first time. Our task was to reach out to the families in a nearby village. We were establishing relationships and then sharing the gospel by doing Discovery Bible Studies with them. This study enables everyone to participate and learn more together. It was a great way to put into practice all that we have learned. God used our stories to connect to these people and it was truly wonderful to be able to pray for them and share with them. I got to hold lots of babies and make new friends. God was very faithful. He also gave us the opportunity to heal the sick and to deliver people from demonic oppression. Though I was not a witness to them I was in spirit.
God surprised me with His faithfulness, which is always humbling. He is a good God and I feel so honored that He would use me even in the smallest ways. I’m learning how to be me more intentionally, to not try to be what I am not and learning how to be myself in all circumstances, and how to walk with God through it all. I can’t believe we only have a month left! I’m so excited to see what else He does! He is good, all glory to Him!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mehgan Kuhns • 2017 International Immersion Intern

A Higher Level

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “A Higher Level”

My name is Mehgan, known in Zambia as ‘Eggs’ due to the unfortunate event that my nickname ‘Madgie’ means eggs in Tonga. God had/has a lot more in store for me this summer then I had first thought. As always He knows better than we do! Ever since I left home it has been one unexpected thing after another. From being stuck in London and Johannesburg due to cancelled flights and a wide range of accommodations, He has been growing me. I feel the theme for my life has been coming from C. S. Lewis’ Mere Chrisianity,
“God is forcing you on or up to a higher level: putting you into situations where you will have to be very much braver, or more patient, or more loving than you ever dreamed of being before.” Amen.??
From no running water, 5 roomates, doing laundry by hand, cooking African food, community outreach, going somewhere I havn’t been, with no one who speaks the language, running community night and teaching middle school Kids’ Club. The list goes on. God is faithful. He has His all-loving way of bringing me way out of my comfort zone and plunging me into things I’ve never done before. I’m learning to lean into Him with everything and to embrace being uncomfortable.

It has been awesome to be a part of some of the different ministries here in Choma, Zambia. I’m a part of OVC (orphans and voulnerable children). In this ministry we visit the families of the sponserd children, pray with them and get to know them. We are in charge of organizing Kid’s Club, which is like VBS, but every Wednesdays afternoon. We get to choose the games and activities and decide on the lessons. I am in the 13-21ish age range. I desire these young people to have a better understanding of Jesus and the love He has for us.

I am on the team that runs Community Night. On Tuesday we have a worship and fellowship service and we have opened it up to the community. Somehow I am one of the people who emcee this event.
I also help with an Adult Discipleship Class on Fridays with some elderly people. It has been interesting because the woman who leads it has not yet been there when we’ve led it, so we have been figuring it out as we go. Being in this ministry is fun because I have realized how much I enjoy being with elderly people. Though I still dont know what they are saying half the time, it is fun just to watch them interact and think on scriptures and to translate it for eachother.

It has been so awesome having different teachers here to learn from! We learned about Identity, Freedom and Purpose! All topics totally confirming my belief and just how great God is! There is so much to learn and I look forward to all the coming weeks and topics. I know that God so much in store for me! He continues to flood me with His love and grace. Im so excited to see all that this summer holds! I cant even imagine!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mehgan Kuhns • 2017 International Immersion Intern