Hey, Y’all! My name is Katie and I am a 22-year-old from Marion, South Carolina. Yes, I am the only southern belle intern here! My accent is still a topic of conversation, even after a month! I come from a small, beautiful family that taught me the love of God as I grew up. I love science so much that I decided to get a college degree in biology and chemistry, and I graduated from Francis Marion University on May 5th of this year. My plan has always been to attend medical school and to become a medical missionary, traveling the world, saving everyone I came across. I had all my “ducks in a row,” or so I thought. I heard about this Internship through Jeremy Emert at a small church in Florence, South Carolina. I prayed that night on the way home, heard God say “Apply and I’ll work it out,” and the next day I applied. I got accepted and the Faithful One showed up just as He said he would. He provided the funds through so many of my amazing friends, family, and even a few strangers. Little did I know, He would continue to do so much more in my life once I finally reach Zambia, Africa.
It has been a little over a month since I arrived, and looking back I can’t believe how much God has already done in me. I have come to realize that while I thought I was coming here to “save and help” the people of Zambia, God had always been planning to bring me here to He could show me His heart FOR ME, not the people here. I am not saying that He hasn’t shown me His love for them, but I have come to understand I simply cannot comprehend His heart for THEM when I don’t even know His heart for ME. So He has been showing me how He sees me, showing me my true identity in Him, and showing me that true healing and redemption takes time and lots of love. At this point in time, I am still working through some of these things, but I know without a doubt that He is with me and is proud of me no matter what.
This internship has been beyond compare in so many ways. From the loving and dedicated staff to the other interns to the teachers, they are all so amazing and I have learned so much from each of them. I have learned God’s heart like never before. I see what Kingdom Culture is supposed to look like in my life, a huge family where everyone is so different but so loved. God has begun to show me my identity in Him, and it has changed me forever. I see the God Story now; I mean I REALLY SEE IT! He is so alive and so much more involved in my life than I ever knew, and He wants me more than I ever thought. Each week of teaching, from Purpose week to Identity week to Freedom week to Africa week and now to Worship week, I am soaking up so much fresh knowledge that I am so full. I hope I never stop learning about God and all of His heart.
I am so grateful and humbled that God chose me to come to this amazing country and learn more about Him, myself and the beautiful people here. I have met so many new family members and friends, my heart is so happy! I am growing and changing so much, and I hope it never stops! Thank you to everyone who helped me get here and who believed in me! Thank you, Jesus, for all that you’ve done in my life, and I pray you never stop working!
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katie Piner – 2018 Immersion Intern