Hi again! Picking it up from the last post my journey is still a bliss!!! One of my favorite hobbies is continuous learning and very often in the times I have spent in this program I have learned and discovered something new. I was born a Christian but the things I keep on discovering in this internship just blows my mind like “oh wow I didn’t know that!” or “that makes sense!” It’s really a beautiful growth.
One of my favorite lessons is on relationships, how Jesus’ genealogy is inclusive of all races. It’s amazing to trace back race diversity in the bible and how everybody is not only spiritually related to God but everyone is validated with a physical relationship with God also. Discovering how diverse and beautiful His image is has made me to have a different perspective about God. I feel more inclined to him and I am more celebrative of the diversity. Diversity is a beautiful thing but the enemy has tried every means to limit Gods diverseness by propagating a lie in peoples’ minds that make them feel that God is only inclined to only a particular grouping of people. That’s why in every grouping there is a “god” that they feel inclined to , which is very segregating. But God is for all and is not segregated because He purposed diversity in every species, even in the human species which shows how beautiful He is. I am just so in love with the uniqueness He has placed in every person.
I just discovered the power of growing our relationship with God which he created us for in the first place. We can only show true relationship with others only when our relationship with God is right. The more we grow our relationship with God the more He pours out His spirit in us the more our lifestyle becomes more naturally Christ like. Only then can we exhibit true possessions of the spirit like love, which enables us to love God, ourselves and the people around us truly.
I recently spent 10 days of ministry in a Muslim dominated town of Mangochi in Malawi with my fellow interns and it was one of the best times of my life. I experienced life of the early church when Jesus sent out His disciples out into the world, to deliver, heal and restore people and make disciples. I witnessed Gods’ power affirming He is the same yesterday, today and all the days to come.
It was a bit tricky for me to do ministry because at that time I had a bad tooth ache my mouth was swollen and that distorted my speech. I felt misplaced and didn’t feel I’d contribute to the ministry in any sense because I limited ministry to proclaiming the gospel only. Ashton Newman, a fellow intern and a very gifted friend of mine, spoke into my life and helped me minister even without my speech. One activity I did that stood out was stacking bricks for a certain village local. It was in that time that I realized that we often take the abilities God gives us for granted, like the ability to speak and at that time. I asked myself how often I have used my mouth to Glorify God, to extend His Kingdom, to build and mend lives. A lot of times we use our mouths for things that are not relevant to Gods’ plan and will.
While in Malawi I experienced Gods’ power and authority, people were set free from demonic oppression, I witnessed a lame person walk and people giving their life back to God. My faith was lifted. It’s amazing to see how inclusive God is, whatever religion a person belongs to doesn’t really matter, His Love, grace and mercies are sufficient for all. Even Muslims He heals.
Inasmuch as people were spiritually set free in that village , a majority of them live in poverty. That challenged me, and left me wanting to do more even on a physical level. At His time God makes everything good. It’s so beautiful to be reminded that God is very much alive today and it’s our responsibility as believers to show that in our faith and works.
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Sande Mulwanda • 2017 International Immersion Intern