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The Kingdom of God

August 3rd, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016 0 comments on “The Kingdom of God”

The past four weeks have been…so much. I have experienced the Kingdom more fully than I have ever previously seen. Beat the Drum was great. The relationships I formed with LXP and others was an incredible gift. It is one thing to work for God and an entirely new thing to be used by God. Beat the Drum as an experience where I was used by God more than I could have ever imagined. I feel unworthy every time God chooses to use me, or when He shows me how He has been using me. Specifically, I had the opportunity to simply listen to many people during Beat the Drum training. God used that time of relationship and listening to speak through me into the lives of others where I felt inadequate to speak. During the week of outreach for BTD God opened my heart and lead me to a place where I felt the pain of the students. When I was faced with overwhelming injustice and sadness, I had no choice but to simply lean on the love of God. I would conclude Beat the Drum as a massive “spiritual awakening” in my life. This “awakening” is primarily in the sense of understanding the massive power and the ultimate encompassing redemption of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom was opened up for me for the first time and I my view on The Kingdom shifted to something tangible, real, and near.

Form 45 Entry 709 Fileupload 10Outreach was soon after BTD and I had no idea what to expect. Lesotho is an amazing place and the people there are so open and including. The weeks of outreach really shifted my view on humility. Humility is truly all-encompassing. Selflessness truly does need to cover our entire lives. I was able to practice that, and fail in that regard during the week and a half. Nothing builds humility like smashing rocks with a hammer, building blisters, and drinking sour porridge. During this time God opened up my mind and allowed my heart to dream big dreams. The landscape of Lesotho calls to my rock climber and adventurous spirit. I was able to see how God uses my love of rock climbing to share His love and His word no matter where I am. Nothing encourages me more than to witness and experience the validation of God’s gifting and call in my life.

Will Kauffman • 2016 International Immersion Intern

God's First Mission Is Us

June 29th, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016 0 comments on “God's First Mission Is Us”

This internship experience is like the first time a toddler is learning how to swim. The father simply leads his son to the edge of the pool, and pushes him in. The father is there to jump in and save his son if he needs it, but the father is teaching his son by letting him try and fail.

Most everything here is new. The food, languages, climate, culture, economics, so much. So far, the closest thing I have found to “home” is a nice cold glass of Coke-a-Cola. The first four weeks have been stretching at best and overwhelming at worst. However, nothing is “bad”. Of course there are some things I have seen in Zambia which cause my heart to break, my mind to spin and my stomach to churn, but, what other response is there to injustice?

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The fourteen interns were christened on this journey for God to do a mission, in us. What I didn’t realize until the second week was the purpose of this experience and this “mission work” would be for God to do His “mission work” in our hearts. So far, God has left no place in my heart untouched. Really this experience is God spinning His potter’s wheel faster and shaping me deeper. That’s also something, not a moment here goes by that the Lord does not call me deeper and deeper into His embrace. What is it like to continually walk towards God and who He is and what He is doing?

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The most notable challenges I have encountered are in line with the differences I have experienced. A surprising difference is the different elements of Christianity I have encountered. Those who believe in Jesus Christ are truly one family no matter where they reside. I have had the privilege to attend Zambian church services which have lasted three hours and prayers filled with “with the mighty name of Jesus Christ” and “Halleluiah!” I have learned more of what it means to be a believer by interacting with Christianity in an entirely different setting.

I have seen a difference in the prosperity of a nation. America is vastly different than Zambia. It breaks my heart to see systematic injustice impacting the lives of my friends and those in the community. There are many more challenges I have faced, however, I do not have the time to explain them all

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Growing is a direct effect of being challenged and I have grown to accept different things easier. I have grown in empathy, love, selflessness, appreciation for the things I have, and so so much more. Its hard to explain four weeks of intense spiritual, mental, and emotional growth with words. In summary, there is a work being done, and it is no where close from being completed.

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Will Kauffman • 2016 International Immersion Intern