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Program 10 (In third person)

August 15th, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015 0 comments on “Program 10 (In third person)”

After three months in Zambia, Michael entered his last week in the country. 

It was Thursday, August 5th, the day before the Hamburg team arrived. Michael was talking of his concerns to John about the next week. Michael felt as if his energy was drained. He felt as if meeting new people, and leading a camp was pointless. Yet in his despair John challenged him. They both would go the week with one purpose: to serve. Anytime and anywhere, they would give this one week their all, so that when Michael got on that plane, and John got on that bus, they would feel satisfied with no regrets. Friday came and EXP was making their last preparations for the coming U.S. team from Hamburg, New York. Leading accommodations, Michael knew he had to change his personality. No longer could he hide in the shadows, unwilling to meet new people. So he called upon the Lord for strength. Sitting in Zion, a secondary base, he waited for the Hamburg team to arrive. His stomach grumbled with hunger and his eyes felt heavy as he sat in that front room. The bus rolled up and out came the three people staying Zion. Michael suddenly felt excited and ready to meet some people. Greeting the new arrivals he guided them to their room and brought them back out to the bus. Feeling excited, Michael and company showed the rest to their rooms at the main base, he got some food, and piled them back in for a tour of town. Michael scanned the group as they drove. Learning names, and making those first impression judgments. Now this tour was no ordinary tour of town. First stop: a herd of next to the road. Playing in the river and munching on some food, the elephants were observed by many excited onlookers. One of which got a little too close and heard it from the elephant followed by a charge toward him. Yep, Michael felt it in his bones, the excitement fueled him. They all arrived at Shoprite and the Hamburg team was allowed to exchange their money for the week. The moon rose over the base as the newly formed Program 10 team finished orientation and feasted upon their supper. Afterwards, many went to get gelato. Caleb, and eager young man approached Michael and asked how he got in Africa. Michael told him and Caleb replied back his answer as to why he was in Africa. Michael fell asleep content and excited to start getting to work with this new team. Morning came and they got to work early. After a nice worship/prayer session Michael sat through another session on missions and how EMIZ (Elijah Missions) does missions. The team learned of integral mission and got on a new perspective for this camp. Later on Michael traveled over to the camp grounds and helped out with activity set up. Another day down, and Michael began to make some friends. Sunday came and Michael had his last church service. After church he went back to the campground and fixed up the fire pit area along with Matt, Justin and John. Providing more hang out time between the guys, Michael kept serving and putting himself out there. Monday came fast and it was time for camp to begin. Last minute adjustments and then working the registration table was Michael’s mission. After all the students settled in, they went into their camp groups. Michael and Katie manned group three and got a group of quiet Zambians. Night came and all the men stuffed into two huge tents went to sleep. Michael used the Lord as an alarm clock and awoke John and Justin from the cold at 5:13am. They made their way towards the kitchen and huddled around a brasier full of hot coals, warming themselves and talking about whatever. Soon from the tents and echoing across camp they heard Will’s voice call out. 

“Hey Matt!!!”

“Hey Will!!!!!”

?Do you love my Jesus… Deep down in my heart??

?Yes I love my Jesus… Deep down in my heart!?

Together: “?Ohhhhh deep deep, Oh deep down down, deep down in my heart! I love my Jesus! Ohhh deep deep, Oh deep down down, deep down in my heart.?

The two provided a lovely alternative to pots and pans and awoke the campers with a smile. Full of energy all the campers ran out ready to start their day. After a nice message by Pastor John, and some one on one time with the kids, it was time for the activities. Stepping away from his team Michael manned the hallowed water challenge. You know, where the bottle has holes and you can only use whats on your person to fill the bottle to the top? Catching a lot of flack and blame, Michael observed many frustrated groups come together and finish the challenge. Coming back together with his team later on, Team 3 created a skit to preform at the bonfire. Night came quick and Team 3, going first, preformed the story of Adam and Eve. To Michael’s opinion they killed it. Next the men and women split up to have those private talks. Matt, Justin, and Caleb shard their stories with the boys and the offered the kids the chance to become Brothers 4 life. Very collected the boys all took the oath and we prayed over them as they continue this group to keep each other accountable. Michael sat back and watched young men get fired up about being a brotherhood together and ready to go back to their schools and change some things. Everyone left the fire, and Michael was left with John and Justin, then Matt and Will. Laughing and having a good time the group cracked jokes and bounced ideas off each other till about 3 in the morning. John and Michael then were left to spend the night at the fire and kept warm all night as they gazed at the beautiful African sky. Wednesday brought with it the last day of camp. After clean up and a final group 3 meeting, Michael stood in the back as Eyram commissioned the kids back to their school. The camp was done and Michael lied in his bed feeling finished. After a bath and a couple naps, Michael returned to the group as they debriefed the camp. Reach for life camp, installed in order to try and instill values in the kids off David Livingstone High School, centered around purity to prevent HIV/AIDS, in these and future kids lives in Africa. Many people were astonished  at the camp and how effective it was even if we felt exhausted and discouraged. The next two days were filled with some community outreach, as well as much celebration and mingling between new friends. Michael then reached his breaking point. Person after person on the Hamburg team, a Buffalo Bills fan. And not only just a fan, die-hards and with many connections. MANY connections. Michael was dumbfounded after each conversation. Terry Pegula, Jim Kelly, Fred Jackson, and many more just casually thrown into conversation. The hamburg team was awesome and invited Michael to come to church and then a Bills game. Michael was thoroughly ecstatic. Friday night was a big celebration as many people gathered around a campfire in fellowship to end the night. They wrote down what they would miss and threw it into the fire. A somewhat somber end but very nice in Michael’s opinion. The night was not over though. Just as people were heading to bed. Will called forth people to go for one last gelato run. Michael mixed 5 flavors and hung with Matt, Caleb and Will. They four walked out and questioned the world what they could do on their last night in Zambia. Michael then fired the statement: “A free taxi ride.” Thinking that it was impossible they set to work and called a taxi over. The driver saw four white men approach him with pace. Will did the talking and begged for a free ride back to our house down the road. “We are in a hurry and have no money.” Will explained. “Get in.” The driver let them in. The Boys now acted as kids as they hopped in the car and drove down the road. They got back to base and jumped out of the car as they ran up to the house. Michael felt very satisfied as the rushed in to tell everyone what had happened. He finished that night with a bang and slept very well. Michael then Woke up and said goodbye to his new friends as John and Abby, along with others, headed off towards South Africa for another round of beat the drum. Michael fell back asleep as he woke up again only to say more goodbyes as he headed home himself. A great ending week to a great summer. Michael put himself out there and reaped the benefits. 

michael_ennis ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern

EXP Graduate

August 14th, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015 0 comments on “EXP Graduate”

The end of EXP came swiftly and snuck up on us like a killer in the night. Starting on Sunday began the best three day stretch in my opinion. Filled with many debriefing sessions about our whole trip we went out in style. I’ll give a quick run down of our schedule so you can understand my references that I make. 

Saturday (Aug 1st)- Back from outreach. Rest and relaxation. 

Sunday-  More rest and relaxation. Told schedule for rest of week.

Monday- Morning debrief at Zig Zag. Check into Fallsview.

Tuesday- Game Drive. More debriefing. Dinner at the Golden Leaf. (Indian food)

Wednesday- Depart from Fallsview. EXP Graduation.
 We came back from outreach on Saturday the 1st. After some time to recoup and get some wi-fi, we had a quick meeting on Sunday briefing us of our week. So we all sat in our common room awaiting to hear the schedule. “We will be spending the next two nights at Fallsview.” Abby told us. Chatter filled the room, but no one knew what Fallsview was and how nice it would be. But excited we were regardless of how much we knew. Monday came and we had our first debriefing session at Zig Zag, a cute little hotel/restaurant. We returned home gathered our belongings and headed up to Fallsview. Resting atop a big hill we pull in and enter our houses, one for girls the other for boys. Tile floors, three rooms with double beds, Cable TV in each room, one master room with its own bathroom, kitchen, big living room, and a HOT SHOWER and huge bath tub. I was blown away and with a huge smile I took a room and settled in. It was very luxurious and very unexpected. So, after some more debriefing we went to bed. Waking up at 6:30, we all piled into the bed of a pick up and headed on a game drive. This was amazing. We saw impalas, hippos, baboons, boars, giraffe, water buffalo, a crocodile, a zebra and an elephant that was super close. The experience was awesome. Coming home we finished up our debriefing. After our last session the leaders did something very humbling to finish up our sessions. They washed our feet. It was a very touching moment where it showed our leaders doing what they do best. Leading by example. That night we went out to a delicious dinner at a Indian restaurant, the Golden Leaf. I had some very good chicken wings and then finished the night with some tea and a big blanket on the couch. We had a great breakfast in the morning and then left for home. Soon enough it was graduation time. So with many guests, we had our ceremony and received our certificates for the completion of EXP. What was really cool was I received many words through people from God. It was a great night but I felt sad inside. Knowing that the end was near. We finished the night with some Nshima and Chicken, then watched a slideshow. It was a very good way to wrap up our time here as we still have one more program to do. Which I’ll tell you about in my next post. 

Ok, so maybe you’re wondering about all those sessions I was talking about? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you. We had many debriefing sessions to wrap up EXP and to get feedback about our three months here. So here’s a simple breakdown. These were really good just to talk about our time here and make sure we are prepared to go back home and take in American culture. 

First Session- What God has done during EXP. We wrote down all the things that God has done in the past three months, both person specific and as a group, then prayed over them all. 

Second Session- What is our Calling. We went around in a circle and all stated what we believe is our calling. I’m still working on mine, so I’ll get back to you guys when it works out…

Second Session- Classroom debrief. We talked about mainly Prayer, and missions, our two main subjects in the classes during EXP. We talked about what we learned and asked more questions about what we didn’t understand. 

Third Session- Going home/culture shock. For the Africans, they don’t have to deal with culture shock too much returning home, but they had to deal with normal life and adapting back into that. For us Americans, we had to talk about what would happen when we return home and social media guidelines in order to not offend people or post something controversial. We also prepared things to say when people ask us about our time here. 

Fourth Session- EXP feedback. We all got to give our input on what went wrong, what went right during EXP, and make suggestions for changes next year during the program. 

These days were nice and relaxing as we ended our EXP program. It was a crazy three months but I learned a lot. No we just have P10 left, where we have to lead a camp for school kids. Before I know it, I’ll be back home. 

michael_ennis ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern

Kalungu Outreach

August 3rd, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015 0 comments on “Kalungu Outreach”

From Thursday the 16th to Friday the 31st of July, EXP went on an outreach trip to the northern province of Zambia. We stayed at an FCE base, basically in the middle of nowhere doing various work in agriculture and then also staying a few nights in the community. We ended the trip with two days of solitude and no as I write this we find ourselves traveling back to Livingstone to finish up our last two weeks here in Zambia. 

Outreach Details

So we stayed with FCE or Foundation for Cross Cultural Education. (If you remember from Luanshya we visited a base their back in June.) They have a main goal of making a highway from South Africa to Jerusalem with bases every days journey to take in guests. The furthest they go is Kalungu, Zambia and if you want more info you can  find them on the web at http://www.fce.org.za They had a Discipleship class and agriculture classes going on during our stay there. So that’s the run down of FCE… I hope that just gives you some background knowledge, I think the most crucial info to understand about them is that they focus mainly in agriculture, community development and education and believe that education on the three will change a community. 

Ok, so little fun facts about my stay:

1) Hot showers

2) Bed with mosquito net provided

3) Only had to do kitchen duty once and all I did was wash dishes.

4) Had lots of food there. 

So I’m just gonna highlight some of the stuff I did very simply for you:

Community House- This house is like a model home that they occupy in the village to show the people that they also can have a garden and do the same positive things that helps a community. When I helped work at the house, my team par took in re-building a garden fence. My job was to take down the old fence, and then rewire the new fence. It was easy work, yet took half the day. It was really relaxing work however.

Isale Farm- So James and Lindie live at the farm and happened to be my favorite people that I met on this outreach. James runs the farm, which houses mainly livestock. It has chickens, goats, and cattle. Our first day there we just toured around the farm and saw how it worked. They have chickens, which they harvest their manure which they feed to the cows, and also harvest eggs. The cows are their main stock which are breed to be slaughtered. The goats will soon be used for dairy items but now are just for meat. Which I found out that you have to sneak up on a goat to kill it or the adrenaline will make the meat tough. Also during our visit it just happened to be yellow maize time. The farm gives out contracts to the community to grow yellow maize for chicken feed at the farm. So our second day there, we helped check the bags to make sure they were just yellow maize and not white and yellow mixed. We then Sewed the 100lb bags shut and the stacked them in the shed. Which entail tossing the bags up onto a mountain of more bags. That was men’s work and we woke up sore the next morning. The third trip to the farm was a fun day. We hiked out to a secluded river where we climbed on two horizontal ropes like = over the river. If that makes sense. One on top of the other. When our team was on the other side we received a challenge. With John’s back broken and some of us mute and others blind with a few healthy we had to cross the ropes to the other side without getting wet. Left with two hatchets and a rope we were stunned. After 20 minutes of scouring around and what seemed like chaos between us Brook finally exclaimed “Can I just pray for John and heal him?” James just stood there and smiled and then we all went around and healed all the lame people in our group. That challenge was really interesting and showed that maybe you should just pray first in situations. Anyways, a funny side story to mix things up I cut a notch in a stick and ventured to “zip line” across the river. So I started off and as I was half way I was thinking “wow, this is working great” and then SNAP, the stick broke and I fell into the river. It was very comical. After that we had a relaxing time, swinging on ropes over the river and eating a delicious South African lunch. This was a fun day and was nice and relaxing. So the farm always provided a good time whether it was work or play.  

Kids Ministry- Monday and Tuesday for an hour we did activities with the local kids. This was fun and went by pretty fast. I helped out with games one day and then the story on another day. 

Village Visit- So our group went out in twos into the village to stay three nights at local persons houses. We all had varied experiences during our time, but as for me, personally it was sub par. So me and Tufadzwa (Ronald) went out to Frank Mumba’s house. We got there and found a TV with cable and a car, treated to sodas and a great meal. What luck! We really were blessed in this aspect and he and his wife were great hosts. So we arrived on Friday night. So then Saturday we went to church. 9am-5:30pm all day. It was long yet the day went by fast and was interesting. Then Sunday was chill and we just walked around the village and hung out. So the reason why it was sub par was mainly cause of me feeling sick and feeling as if Frank didn’t like Americans that much. There were many passive attempts about America and how were so great, but more like attempts to point out the flaws in America. But, in all it was an awesome experience and I am very thankful for my EXP mates. 

Solitude- Two days of straight silence. No food no water. Tied to a chair in a dark room.     Just kidding, so the last two days of the outreach were spent in solitude. FCE has a big base with many trails and places to get away, so apart from lunch and up until dinner we would spend the whole day in solitude. This was very cool, and is a thing that I would like to get better at. My mind was prone to wander but the main focus was to spend time with the lord. I was able to hear from him a bit and just spend time reading the bible. After two and a half months of people a couple days to myself was welcome. 

This trip was fun but I am stoked to get back to Livingstone and then eventually back home. Into the final stretch I go with one program left on our slate. 

michael_ennis ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern

Beat The Drum Update

July 2nd, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015 0 comments on “Beat The Drum Update”

Alright so it is time to recap the past two weeks! I’ll give you a hint. It was chaotic. 

So on June 21st and 22nd two teams arrived at our base to partake in a HIV/AIDS program called Beat The Drum. So we collected a team from South Africa from LXP, a leadership program, and a team from Hamburg, New York. So it went from about 20 or so people to 50 people at our base everyday. This was exciting but also a little stressful at times. I went into this with the strategy: Let them come to you. I would pick and choose groups to be involved with. Now you may think “Michael! Why are you being so shy?” The reason I did this was so that I didn’t over exert myself during the two weeks. Our schedule was packed enough, I didn’t need to learn 30 new names. So the first week, 21st-27th, was training. Our goal was to go into the schools and handle a class to teach them the Beat The Drum curriculum. So we watched the Beat The Drum movie and went through each lesson as we prepared for week two. We also split into teams and got teaching partners. My partner was Limpo. And I thank God for this. First of all she is from EXP, so I already knew her and we found out quick when we had our first lesson prep, that we were the same personalities. So it was time to meet in our pairs and plan out what we would teach during the next week. Our meeting went like this:

Limpo- “So I’ll do the Introduction and Activity and you’ll teach?”

Me- “Yup! Sounds Good!”

It was that simple. She kept talking about how she didn’t understand people who plan for hours, and I agreed. So this was good that we both flowed easily together and could be prepared right away. So on Friday the 26th we showed the Beat the Drum Movie to the Students. And it was pretty awful. Between kids coming and going at will, packed smelly classrooms, three power failures, and hours of Ice breakers, less than half the kids saw the movie. Which was the basis of our teaching. Many people felt overwhelmed and stressed about the upcoming week based off of this experience. I was a little nervous for teaching but I also was excited to get in and get to work. Monday came and it was time to teach the kids. Me and Limpo had grade 11 in the morning and grade 12s in the afternoon. So we started our morning class and found out only two kids had seen the movie. So I totally skipped the teaching part based from the movie. And the rest of the time went super smoothly. We ended by having kids write down any questions they had and received a box full of letters. This was also the general census for everyone else, and it got everyone excited for the rest of the week. Which was so awesome. And then came the afternoon. Do you know the feeling you get after you eat lunch? Like all you want to do is nap? Well add that with a classroom of probably 50-60 grade 12s and it was hectic. The school was also arranged that the smarter, well-behaved kids had morning classes and the rest were in the afternoon. So Limpo being African did a great job controlling the kids, but when it came to me teaching them it was rough. My voice barley carried and they would not stop talking. So after the first day it gave the vibe, mornings are great, afternoons suck. And the trend continued through the four days of teaching. Although the afternoon class got better by the fourth day, and I’m sure with more time we could have gotten through to them. So to sum of the teaching, it went really well although I had the overwhelming feeling of kids just saying the right answers, and not really connecting or meaning what they said. Which in the scheme of things it only matters if that one kid took away something. So now it was Friday and time for the Bash! This bash served two purposes to celebrate the end of beat the drum and to start a Reach for Life club here. There was an empty pool and our vision was to fill the pool with kids and just have a blast playing loud music and announcing the Reach for Life stuff. It went downhill fast. First the kids would not enter the pool and a bunch of kids were standing outside the pool. Second during some student acts that were supposed to represent purity, there was a lot of twerking… and one girl took her top off. Just insanity! During our debrief there was a lot of discouragement but also a lot of hope in what we did there. But in all it didn’t feel right to end the program like that. So Hamburg left, and we celebrated the 4th of July with Pizza and gelato! A great time. The next morning LXP left and we were able to chill until Tuesday afternoon. My heart was heavy after all this. I did not feel right. It was a relief to get back to just EXP back on base and have some peace and quiet. I was able to spend some time in solitude and renewed my spirit to catch a 2nd wind for the rest of EXP. But on Wednesday the 8th we went back into the school for Reach for life. It was really good. We had a good number sign up and it was good to see students from our classes. So after these two weeks I finally feel at peace. It’s good to still have a presence at the school. And personally I’m catching a second wind and excited to go on outreach for two weeks on the 16th. 

So now we are back on base just learning a bit about missions and spiritual authority before our outreach to Isoka in the northern Provence. The next update will be at the end of the outreach at the end of July! Catch you on the flip!

michael_ennis ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern

Luanshya Outreach

June 15th, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015 0 comments on “Luanshya Outreach”

So last week we traveled 12 hours north of Livingstone to a Province called the Copperbelt. We stayed in Luanshya and did Ministry from Monday through Thursday. It wasn’t so much a spiritual fulfillment as it was a work trip. I think so many times we get caught up that doing ministry is preaching the gospel, when it can just be as simple as doing some yard work. So this week was refreshing as it taught me about true ministry and how it can affect just as much or even more than a message. So here’s an outline of the days:

Monday: We made bricks all day for a school inside of a village. This is how they support the school and maintain an income so we made 100 bricks, that were probably 5x5x12 inches. Anyway, the machines we used were manual and we had to slam the clay together to compact the brick. Many of us had blisters by the days end. I also helped by pouring water on the clay pile to keep it moist. And as kids from the schools were climbing on me I was carrying 5 gallon barrels up a clay hill and then pouring it on top. That was one of the most physically tiring days I’ve ever had.

Tuesday: We visited the Luanshya Mine Hospital. We came with the knowledge that we would help clean in the morning and then pray over people in the afternoon. Many of use were happy to just clean inside and be out of the sun for the day. However, as we get there we found out that we were doing landscaping work. So we got some tools and started edging sidewalks and trimming bushes and whacking grass. Another hard workday in the sun. Which I was fine with, but it many others by surprise. Anyways, after lunch we split into groups and then went to the different wards and prayed over patients in the Hospital. I was sent to the children’s ward and we met two little children that we prayed over. It was really nice knowing that I did my best and may have healed some people that day.

Wednesday: We visited the Chiboti home for the Elderly in the village. All we did there was rake leaves and help in their garden, then we prayed over some of the people and left. This was a really simple day but good. There was a huge language barrier between us and the elderly. Only two leaders on our team could speak the language. And some of the Africans could translate roughly. However that didn’t stop me from praying over a man who was hard of hearing and had back pains. I don’t think he knew what happened but God did and I guess that’s the only thing that matters. The rest of the day we had off and a group went into town and just milled around.

Thursday: This was the last day and we split it into two halves. The first have we visited F.C.E. or Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education. They showed us around their very nice facilities and explained what they did. In short they just stressed the importance of education and including God in everything you do. They had an agriculture program as well as a local school that they supported. It was really cool to see everything that they were doing and to see how the were making their impact in Luanshya. We then ate lunch on the bus on our way back to the school for a football match between our team and the local boys. As I arrived I was expecting to play a 30 minute light hearted match and be done with it. However, we played a full match with 45 minute halves and quite intense play. At the end we tied 2-2 and left drenched in sweat. That was probably the most fun I had ever had playing football. And the beauty was that it was ministry.
Luanshya Was really nice and refreshing to get a new aspect of ministry and to just work for a week. I look forward to what else is in store for this trip!

michael_ennis ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern

Streched from Day One

June 6th, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015 0 comments on “Streched from Day One”

As we arrived at our base camp it became apparent that things were not going to be as expected. In my previous trip to Zambia we stayed at a really nice base in Choma, with showers, Wi-Fi, a big kitchen, a huge common room with couches, beds all ready with bedding and pillows, and big walls all the way around the base. This base is not that. When I post this it will signify that we have gotten Wi-Fi, after a few days disconnected. The walls are only concrete in front and back with just wire fence on the side. We take cold bucket baths. We sleep in sleeping bags. The kitchen is small. We have no couches. So right off the bat it was very different. That first night we were told that this experience would be hard, and that it would really push us out of our comfort zones. So to start off the Elijah Experience they woke us up at 4:00 in the morning on Tuesday with pots and pans telling us to pack a blanket and and a water bottle. So with my sleeping bag and water bottle In hand we all met in our common room. The leaders then proceeded to blindfold us and we all piled into a bus. We arrived at our destination and left the blindfolds behind to start a almost two hour walk on a dirt road in what seemed the middle of nowhere. After a nice walk with the sunrise at our backs we arrived to camp, where we all set up tents on the shore of the Zambezi river and then ate PB&J for breakfast. We then split into four groups and set off on a scavenger hunt to find different challenges throughout the campground and complete them with teamwork. Here were the five challenges:

1) Three stones in a triangle, with sticks that do not reach in between the stones, suspend a bucket with a rick from the three sticks.

2) Two sticks up right in the ground with a spider web of string between them. Climb through the holes of the string to get your whole team across without using the same whole twice.

3) A tire swing hangs over a stream full of crocodiles (not really) Get your team across the stream.

4) With a water jug full of wholes travel to a nearby stream, using only the supplies you have on your person, and fill the water jug.

5) Your team must consume as many raw eggs, YES!! raw eggs, and onions as possible.

So in good spirit my team tackled all the challenges before any of the other groups. I won’t go into great detail but just share the highlights of these challenges. We pretty much blew through the first three, no real problems there. However, when the water challenge arrive we became frustrated. Using my waterproof rain jacket we were able to gather a lot of water to pour into the jug, but seemed to never get the jug full as we could not cover all the wholes and slits the drained the water. We finally filled it halfway and deemed because of the state of the jug that we had finished. Kudos to us. And the last challenge. I know you are eager to hear of this. On our team was Laura and I, Americans, and then Prince and Limpo, to Africans. Prince and Limpo bravely sucked down fifteen eggs between the two of them. As me and Laura barely finished the onion, which stayed in our mouths for the rest of the day. So after all these challenges we got to eat lunch and then rest for some time. We soon found out that we had another challenge. Find our dinner, catch it and cook it. So with chickens let loose we all chased and caught the chickens and brought them to the shore, near our fire pit. After boiling some water, we killed the chickens. Which I had the great honor of doing. Yes, I killed a chicken. With one foot on the feet and the other on its wings, I held its head on slit its throat. It took me some time but I was able to do it. We then had help from many of the African women to de-feather and then cook the chickens. So we ended the night with a big bonfire, some Nshima and chicken (homemade) and gazed ate the stars… After a night of fellowship we then crept to our tents, exhausted, and slept on the cold hard ground. Which I bunked with John, who in spirit of packing light brought only his water bottle, soo we shared my sleeping bag. Woken up in the middle of the night by sounds of hippos, who apparently walked through our campsite… And with a rough nights sleep we hit the road again and walked in the hot sun back to the bus to take us home.

After struggling with some homesickness and regrets about going on this trip, God rewarded me with a feeling of community and friendship and a feeling of just how big he is compared to us. I still miss home. I miss my family, my friends, my girlfriend very much, but after being stretched, and pushed far out of my comfort zone, I know God has a plan and he has me here for a reason. These next three months will fly by and with that I will reap the rewards God has laid out for me.

michael_ennis ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern

The Group

June 6th, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015 0 comments on “The Group”

So in preparation for the trip we expected to stay in Choma, however we were informed the first day that we would be spending all of our time in Livingstone. As of right now all I know is that we are doing the Elijah Experience as another name for the program. Right now we are getting most of the “orientation” stuff done, to get comfy for the rest of the three months.

So here is a summary of the group I am with and the places they come from, so that you can reference them in coming posts.

LEADERS

Abby- Michigan

Mike- Zambia

Aram- Ghana/South Africa

Musa- South Africa

Bruce- South Africa

Weston- Lusaka

Luganda- South Africa

Ken- Livingstone

STUDENTS

Michael- Canandaigua

Will- Buffalo

Emily- Buffalo

John- South Dakota

Laura- South Dakota

Lillian- Indiana

Brooke-Michigan

Hannah- Michigan

Ronald- Zimbabwe

Prince- Zimbabwe

Olivia- Choma, Zambia

Debbie- Zambia

Limpo- Zambia

Sharon- Zambia

michael_ennis ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern

Travel to Zambia

May 25th, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015 0 comments on “Travel to Zambia”

So I had many connecting flights that made this Journey very long.

Buffalo-> Minneapolis-> DC-> Johannesburg-> Livingstone

The flight to Johannesburg was 17 hours, 8 hours to Dakar and then 8 to J-burg. Then once we got to J-burg we had a 17 hour layover, which resulted in staying at a very nice hotel with exceptional juice and breakfast. Leaving my family and friends at the airpoirt was bittersweet but knowing what is ahead of me keeps me going. Soon enough I’ll be back in the states reminiscing on the summer…

So now I write as  we head to Livingstone, drinking apple juice and enjoying good company.

michael_ennis ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern