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Beautiful Pieces

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018, Shae Reinke 0 comments on “Beautiful Pieces”

How have I been empowered to fight for justice? It’s not just about the blaringly obvious injustices of the world, or maybe it is, but not in the way I’ve always looked at it. 

Of course, we need to be aware of the clear injustices around us and I want to play my part in that but bringing justice can be done in everyday life. In fact, the injustices I face in my everyday life are the most likely places God wants me to take part in making right. Micah Kephart talked about the five global giants that envelop every injustice: spiritual emptiness, oppression, illiteracy, disease, and poverty. Each giant works in partnership with at least one other giant, but it’s highly likely that spiritual emptiness plays a part in it all.

Created in God’s image, I was meant to be whole in body, mind, and spirit, but the fall of man led to sin and brokenness so there will be struggles. The only way I can overcome the sin and brokenness in my life is by seeking righteousness through a relationship with Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit in me, and by embracing the love and correction of the good Father. It’s out of this disparity that we, as humans, perpetuate more sin and more brokenness when we try to fill those mistakes with anything from the world instead of seeking God’s presence in the midst of pain, mistakes, and brokenness. 

I cannot seek righteousness and justice if I am not myself in line with the will of God and am not seeking righteousness and justice in my own life. Any outward action flows from the inward work that God has done in me. I am only capable of seeking justice and righteousness in the world around me because of the love, grace, and mercy that has been shown to me. Time with God, allowing him to speak to me, show me more of his love, and correct me where I need correction, is essential to my ability to be someone who takes part in the righteousness and justice God wants to bring to his kingdom now. 

He wants me, and all who follow him, to bring into alignment the things that he intended for us here and now. It won’t all happen all at once, but how beautiful it is to see it happen in pieces before our own eyes. I can bring justice by having right relationships with friends and with family, by standing up for those who don’t have a voice whenever the opportunity arises, by seeking God in everyday things and obediently acting when he calls me to do so.

 

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Shae Reinke

Present Everywhere

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018, Shae Reinke 0 comments on “Present Everywhere”

“Always, everywhere God is present,
and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.”

– A.W Tozer

In each short-term mission trip, I have had the privilege of being a part of, God has shown me the importance of being obedient to go when he calls. Not because of the difference I can make, but because of the way he wants to use me and change me in that instance. As Christians, we are one body. Believers in America, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Zambia, Lesotho and all around the world make up Christ’s body and as a body, we are called to work together. To learn from each other. To encourage one another. To sacrifice on behalf of each other. To love one another. While we were in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho we spent our whole time working and serving with a ministry called LXP Lesotho. During our time there, God reminded me just how present he is, everywhere. 


God is at work everywhere and he wants us to join him in this work to share his love and redemption to the world, to those who are lost and do not know about the life he has to offer. A life of freedom, belonging, and purpose exists for each of us and yet so many people have no idea, even Christians miss this or forget this. The harvest is ready, but the workers are few. Those who are lost are ready to be found, ready to be invited into the family of God, but they need to know that there is a place for them. It’s easy for me to take this for granted. I forget that God wants to use me, he wants to use us, to be Christ’s imitators here on earth and to be his helper’s in bringing his Kingdom here.


Godfrey and Elizabeth, who run LXP Lesotho, pour into and train leaders within their community, run a youth program every week for around 100 kids from their community in the driveway and yard of their home, and many of those kids and teens come to their house every day to play and just be around them. We got to serve them by painting a schoolroom and fix some of the desks, fix potholes in the road leading to their house and community, and serve with them in reaching out to the community and leading the youth program. Their heart is to be a family with those they lead and encounter, adults and kids alike. It’s such a beautiful picture of what God envisioned for us as his sons and daughters. It’s not just non-profit Christian ministries and churches that are supposed to set this tone. It’s the Church, all believers, single, married, children, families, all those who believe they are a child of God. “Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.” It has been beautiful to see how God is doing just that in me as well as those around me in America, in Zambia, and in Lesotho. God is so big and he is ready to use me and anyone who is willing to be a vessel for his love. I am so thankful those who shared this with me were willing and I hope to continue in the same willing spirit with others.

 

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Shae Reinke

Stepping Out

June 26th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018, Shae Reinke 0 comments on “Stepping Out”


We are four weeks into the Poetice Internship and I feel like I have learned and done so much that I almost don’t know where to start. The very first weekend, the staff surprised us in sharing that Poetice would be hosting a youth camp through the weekend and the 17 of us interns would get to be the camp counselors. While it was somewhat crazy having 80 youth on base after we had only been here for a few days, it really provided an amazing opportunity for us to get to know the kids from the area. I made quick connections with some of the girls who also attend Poetice Youth on Wednesdays and I have gotten to know those girls more and more each week. I get to see them on Wednesdays, visit them in their homes and communities on Thursdays, and see some of them at
church on Sundays. They are bright lights in Choma and I am so thankful I get to learn from them and walk with them as they continue to step into who God created them to be. It’s been so fun!


In week one of our morning class sessions, Abby did an incredible job bringing God’s story to life. Understanding God’s story reveals to us why we exist. We are here on earth because God loves relationship so much that he created humanity to enjoy
relationship with him. He has invited us into community with him. Even though we screwed it up, he was always looking for a way for us to be united with him again. Enter Jesus. He became human, lived life with us and was just like us yet he did not sin. He set the ultimate example and died to pay the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free from our worldly brokenness. Even though we still fall short and still screw things up sometimes, we are invited into a healing relationship with God. We are forgiven and we can move on and grow so that we can become more and more like Jesus in this life on earth. The more we become like him, the more we can enjoy the life God originally intended for us. Jesus changes everything.


We have continued to build on this reality of us as humans made in God’s image each week and the teachers each week have spoken so many necessary truths to us and over us. As interns, we are 17 individuals coming from many different cultures and it has been beautiful to see how each of us is made in God’s image. God is much more inclusive than we can imagine, and we are missing out if we do not seek out and take opportunities to learn from our brothers and sisters in all cultures. I have been especially challenged to think about how I have missed some opportunities to learn from others who are different than me in the United States. Stepping out of my comfort zone will always require sacrifice, but the sacrifice I make means I will be opening up more room for God. More room for him to show me new things, more room for him to transform me, and more room for him to show me his continued faithfulness. Not only am I being reminded of these truths and learning new things, I am expectantly praying that others hear and experience these same truths from God. Whether they already know Jesus or have yet to get to know him, he always has new things to reveal to us. My prayer is that my life will reflect Jesus more and more each day, that I will see others as God sees them, and that I will obediently encourage others to be imitators of Christ. Jesus changes everything and we get to be a part of that change in the world around us.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shae Reinke