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VIOLET MWAANGA: Second Update!

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

First and foremost, I want to thank my God for everything he has done for me and what he is still doing in my life.
Last week we were in Malawi Mangochi for the outreach, it was a great experience my faith was tested and strengthened in a way I can’t even explain. During the outreach we were split in groups. In my group we were five, and we visited Mpondasi village first. While in Mpondasi we visited three families, we did DBS (Discovery Bible Study) with them, shared testimonies and prayed with them.

The second village was Matewele. In Matewele, we visited two or three families and did the same as the first village. The first day we visited we were asked by one lady to pray for her son who had cerebral malaria. The boy refused to be prayed for and he left, so we prayed for him through his mother. The second day we visited this lovely lady and her family and friends. This lady sounded like she was scared of God, and felt forced to worship God because if she didn’t, his wrath will be on her and her family. So we shared scripture of God’s love and forgiveness. Later that day, we prayed for a woman who had a problem with her urinary system. The second day we visited her she told us she was healed and that when she went to the hospital the doctor told her she was ok! She praised God and so did we! The boy who had malaria came to us and he told us he was healed as well! It was amazing to see how God worked through us.

The same day we prayed for a demon possessed woman. We prayed for her and saw Jesus set her free. The next day we went back she told us the pain disappeared and she just felt fire in her stomach so we prayed for her and she was free! She asked us to pray for her granddaughter who had a fever, and the fever left her immediately. My faith was tested when I had to pray for a man who couldn’t walk. My group was encouraging me to pray for him, and though I was doubtful, I heard the voice of god telling me to have faith and believe in him. I told the man that I had faith that he could walk, and if he has the same faith he should stand up and walk in the name of Jesus. He stood and walked he praised God! I cried because I was believed that truly with faith one can do anything through the name of Jesus.

A few days before the trip I felt God’s presence far from me. It felt like my spirit or soul left me and I was just an empty body. I could not think about anything even the first three days in Malawi I felt he same way. It was hard for me because I felt like everyone hated me and I felt invisible. I couldn’t even hear God’s sweet voice. I talked to Max and he encouraged and prayed for me. Erin also talked with me and prayed for me. Through all that I cried and prayed to God and I was restored. I heard God telling me to have faith in him and trust him and that he loved me so much.

Lastly, through all this I learned that God is the only creator and that he loves his creation and that his love is everlasting. I learned that I have the authority to do anything with his help who gives me strength and that God will never leave nor forsake me.

Violet Mwaanga • 2017 International Immersion Intern

My Internship Experience

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017 0 comments on “My Internship Experience”

I was born in Livingstone Zambia, in a family of three. I am the first born, I have a sister and a brother, and three step siblings. I finished high school in 2016 from David Livingstone High School, in Livingstone, Zambia. I love dancing, acting and cooking.

It has been almost a month since the internship started. I have enjoyed every part of it- from the teaching to the community visits and kid fun club. It has been a blessing knowing 19 other interns and a good number of staffs like John, Abby, Felix, Olivia, Jane, Mama B, Willy and Mumba, my mentor. It has also been great getting to know some teachers like Phil, Sarah and Favs. To say the truth, it has been difficult for me to connect with other people because I felt out of place and uncomfortable. It was a challenge but God opened up my heart and I was able to open up and allow new people in my life and share my joy, smile, laughter and testimonies. I love my kitchen team, Team Self-Control. Our team it consists of Caleb, Meghan, Joel and me, we have so much fun when cooking or when having group discussions during class or before class.

It has been real fun praying for one another and playing games on Wednesdays. Also the teachings have been fun and I have learned some truths about myself, like core lies and how I believe in them compared to core truths. I find it hard to believe in core truths most of the time because core lies are very strong and convincing. Nonetheless I am fighting that every single day and I am happy to say I am winning, praise be to God.
Though I had happy moments, sometimes it was hard for me to open up and express what and how I felt. My biggest challenge is communication with the people in the community. Sometimes they say something in Tonga (I don’t speak Tonga) and I would ask them what they are saying. They will respond like “You are supposed to know Tonga. Do not be like a foreigner. How do you want us to communicate with you?” I felt bad and stupid because they expected me to know Tonga because I am black and Zambian. To defend myself Zambia has 72 tribes and I can speak 2 and I can understand 6. My other challenge was that I was sick for a week and some days.
I have grown spiritually and in community. All the teachings helped me greatly and I am learning to listen to Gods without doubting his voice or thinking it is all in my head. I can talk to anyone without feeling uncomfortable. I now have a couple of friends like Kelsey, Meghan, Madgie, and both Blessings! Finally, I want to thank everyone who helped me with funds, encouragement and prayers! THANKS, GOD BLESS YOU!

Violet Mwaanga • 2017 International Immersion Intern