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In and Through

July 11th, 2019 Posted by Go, Immersion Trips 0 comments on “In and Through”

Our team started preparations for our trip to Zambia back in April. We never could have prepared ourselves entirely for all that God did THROUGH our team. In addition, we never could have prepared ourselves entirely for all God did IN our team. It was truly a remarkable trip.

Upon arriving in Zambia we were greeted by both the Poetice staff, as well as a multitude of students on site for the School of Justice and Mission. 24 of them to be exact, coming from 7 different countries! What our team was immediately overcome with was incredible dependence on prayer and worship that the staff and students displayed. We opened our time together with a prayer and worship service as we all released what was going to take place over the next several days into the hands of God. It was a powerful evening which laid the foundation for what would soon take place.

Our team was able to assist in running a leadership camp that ran from Saturday through Tuesday. The camp was made up of approximately 60 students who the Poetice staff had already been pouring into and had identified as leaders. It was amazing to get to know each of the students by name as they entered the camp on Saturday. Over the course of the next few days, relationships developed that I’m sure will last a lifetime between several different cultures.

On Sunday, we were able to experience a worship service at Poetice with the students at the camp, and the community of believers that gather there each week. Jeremy gave an outstanding message on false prophets which is something that the Zambian culture is, unfortunately, having to deal with more and more. We continued to hang out with our students afterward and deepen the relationships we had started to develop the day prior.

Monday was the day in which things really took off in ways we could have never anticipated. Part of the leadership camp included a day camp for children in the surrounding communities. Monday was designed for children ages 6-10, and Tuesday was designed ages 11-14. As we began the camp, our team broke into small groups with local Zambian students/leaders taking us into their surrounding communities. It was amazing to watch these Zambian students step up into leadership and gather the communities together. After all of the groups came back from inviting the communities, 506 children were welcomed into Poetice on Monday, and 350 more were welcomed in on Tuesday. We were blown away by the numbers, as well as the ability to keep this many children under control!

Over the course of those two days, songs were sung, games were played, meals were prepared and given and most importantly the Gospel was shared. Between Monday and Tuesday, 60 children prayed to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior! It was beautiful to watch as they were welcomed into the loving arms of their heavenly Father. Words simply can not do justice to the power that was displayed throughout those days. Our team stepped up in dramatic and dynamic ways, as well as the Zambian youth from the leadership camp. All we can do is praise God for the work that He was able to do through each of us.

After camp concluded on Tuesday, we had a few moments to take a breath, and then we jumped right back in on Wednesday with a weekly children’s program that Poetice runs. Prior to this week, the most Poetice had on site for this Wednesday program was 400. Well, 650 showed up this time almost literally blowing out the walls. It was remarkable. Children were shown the love of Christ in tangible ways. Our team stepped up and shared testimonies, taught lessons and led games, all for the glory of the Kingdom of God. It was inspiring to watch.

We can only imagine the impact Poetice will continue to have in the communities of Choma, Zambia, but one thing is clear. God is on the move! The needs of Poetice are great, especially in order to keep up with the demands of the community. Through support from several churches, including our home church of Watermark Wesleyan, Poetice is able to reach the needs in the surrounding communities by giving 100% of their weekly tithes through the church services BACK into the community. It was amazing to watch how God is providing for them in exponential ways, however, it is clear that the needs will continue to grow and grow, as the Word of God is shared throughout the surrounding communities of Poetice!

We concluded our trip with a spectacular view of Victoria Falls, and one of the best game drives I’ve personally ever been on. It was great to be able to celebrate all that God had done over the previous days while being immersed in His creation. The trip was quick, the ministry was great, and the country of Zambia and the beautiful people of Choma will be missed, but the work remains as the Spirit of God is on the move in that place!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Trevor Kaufman is the Director of Send & the South Creek Campus co-pastor at Watermark Wesleyan Church in Hamburg, NY. Trevor has been on numerous immersion trips to Zambia with Poetice over the years.

How God wrecked and rebuilt my heart in Zambia

March 27th, 2019 Posted by Go, Immersion Trips 0 comments on “How God wrecked and rebuilt my heart in Zambia”


As I sit here trying to put my thoughts and feelings about my time in Zambia into words I don’t know where to begin. There are no words powerful enough to describe what God did to my heart in Zambia. He shaped me for the future!

When this trip was first announced at church I immediately got hit in the chest with a feeling of I have to be there. No hesitation, no doubt, clear as day I have to be there. It was a construction trip, which isn’t my strong suit but I got hit for a reason. I asked about the trip and told my story and was accepted on the team to go. Throughout the preparation, I was under spiritual attack, but God took care of that too. The day came to go and I was ready and excited.

The flight over was a bit rough for me. I couldn’t get comfortable and ended up getting sick on the planes. Throughout our first day there my stomach wasn’t right and I kept asking God why did you put me halfway around the world in a strange place with an upset stomach. I felt like I was on a boat the entire week, which was an interesting feeling.

We had a chance to worship and attend service with the community on Saturday and Sunday. That was an awesome experience and really powerful, but I still didn’t know “why” I was there.

We went into the community behind the base and got to see the homes of the people there. It was a huge wake-up call for me and all that I take for granted. To see how these people, fellow children of God, lived was heartbreaking and my first thought was I have to fix this. I quickly learned that only Jesus can fix this and He is working in amazing ways through the people who live there and the full-time missionaries serving Him.

Coming back after the home visits we got started working. I went over to the coffee shop to help with tile removal, etc. I quickly overheated, was dehydrated, and felt useless watching other team members work tirelessly, while I was sitting there holding a broom on the sidelines. Once again I asked God, why am I here? Silence.

I got teamed up with Brad to do various tasks, mostly indoors, during the week. This was great! No overheating risk, etc. We bonded during the week and had great conversations. I’m truly blessed that he came into my life. But still at the end of the days, I had this nagging, why am I here feeling. Still, silence, until Wednesday came, and my world was forever changed.

During morning devotions on Wednesday, Nikki asked if anyone would be interested in helping with the youth program that afternoon. I put my hand up without thinking and was excited to help. The program for the afternoon was the tuck shop. Each week that the kids come to youth program they get a “coin” and once a month they can come and “buy” things. Things like bracelets, Bibles, notebooks, but also essentials like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap. I was assigned to work a table where the kids would come and “buy” their items. What happened next I never imagined would happen. The first boy through came up to the table and I asked him what he would like. Mama B had to help translate. He had 4 coins, so he had been showing up for a month to learn about Jesus. He said he wanted to “buy” 2 bars of soap. One for his mom and one for the baby at home. That was the exact moment that God broke me down to nothing. This 12-year-old boy could have picked anything, and he picked soap. Not even for himself! I had to stand there for an hour while 200 kids came through with similar stories trying not to lose it. I knew the first person I talked to would open the floodgates. After all the kids came through I was helping clean up, and Amber asked me what I thought. All I could manage to say was overwhelming, and I dashed to the prayer room and started sobbing. I have never sobbed that hard in my life. I cried for the people there, their situation, questioning God as to why he was putting these children through this. It was at least a half-hour before I managed to settle down enough to get some words out. I talked to Jeremy in the prayer room and heard some of his story. He put it in perspective for me, that only Jesus can “fix” this and that it is His plan. The soap that these kids are “buying” is as big of a blessing to them as getting a new gadget here is to us. Extreme poverty is all they know and throwing money or things at it will only make it worse. Only Jesus can heal and provide!

At that very moment when that boy came through the line, was when God moved and showed me why I was there. I was filled with compassion and have such a drive to fight injustice and help those who truly have nothing. God moved that day and changed my life forever. I still tear up thinking about him and the selflessness. He is truly the hands and feet of Christ.

Thursday we had a worship night which was amazing. I’ve been to worship nights and revivals before but was never moved the way I was that night. To worship in Tonga and English is so powerful. There are no words to explain what I was feeling. The tears just flowed and flowed. Praying with others around you, the words just came. They were not my words but His. The Holy Spirit was moving.

For the second half of Friday and the first half of Saturday, we got to do “touristy” things in Livingstone which was awesome! It was a perfect end to the week. When it was time to leave I was excited to head home. I had no feeling of regret or sadness that I was leaving. There was nothing that I said I wish I would have done that or experienced this. To quote The Last Arrow by Erwin McManus, I had no arrows left in my quiver. I left my whole self in Zambia, and will never forget how God worked in me and works through the people there every day. God is so great and I can’t wait to go back!

Forever changed,
Mike Devlin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Devlin went on an immersion trip with Watermark Wesleyan Church in 2019.

Growing by stretching

March 27th, 2019 Posted by Go, Immersion Trips 0 comments on “Growing by stretching”

“A construction missions trip to Zambia? I’m going to need to pray about this!”, was my response when I first heard about the trip. But deep down, I was certain I was going to go. I’ve worked in carpentry for many years, and I’ve always wanted to visit Zambia; this was a no brainer for me! With having enough skill and having had already been on one mission trip, I filled out the form online and I knew I was fully equipped to tackle anything that it would take to get to Zambia. Although, this trip ended up being a much different experience than what I anticipated.

Throughout our training and preparation time, I found myself beginning to give into this void of sin and found nothing but my pride getting in the way of asking the Father for help in overcoming those past habits. Until this point, all I had thought about was me, me, me – and nothing about Him! I felt lost, at times I questioned why I signed up for this trip and even an occasion where I tried to withdrawal from it. However, Jesus led me through this time of questioning and because of His love for me shown through my teammates, I kept preparing and training for the trip. If it hadn’t been for His love, I would have found myself at home missing out on what would become an incredible experience! Ultimately, this adventure would become what led me back to the most important relationship I needed – my relationship with Christ!



The day to leave finally came and as I sat down to fly over the Atlantic Ocean I immediately had a sense that this trip would be the polar opposite of my previous mission trip. I knew this trip would be more difficult. I hadn’t been praying daily, I wasn’t engaging with God’s Word, and I was totally disconnected from the church and the community involved. I had been relying on myself to get through this experience, rather than letting the Father be in charge. It became clear to me that I was simply a passenger on the plane of my life, and I realized I was in way over my head. I needed to give the steering wheel back to the true pilot and let Him lead the way.


Upon landing in Zambia and meeting the staff of Poetice International, it was a clear reminder to me that it doesn’t matter where in the world you live, what your race or gender is, what language you speak, or the conditions you grew up under; God can take all kinds of different people with a common objective and create a family. That was exactly what the staff of Poetice felt like to me. God had created a family there that welcomed us into their home as if they had known us all their lives. We began our stay by singing songs of worship, several of which were outside of my realm of ‘normal’. As we attended church the next day, I witnessed people of all ages dancing and smiling, praising God for His presence in their lives. I would have thought that people shackled by poverty and unideal circumstances would have an attitude of grief or discontent about their lives, but instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see a true sense of freedom and joy filling the service we attended. Some people may think it’s their lack of judgment against each other or even their disconnect from the American standard of living that gives them so much joy. It wasn’t what they didn’t have, it was what they did. They did have a vivid, profound, loving relationship with Jesus; a relationship not clouded by social media or tainted by an envious attitude toward their peers. After being home for two weeks, I’ve finally come to the realization that was the moment God revealed to me that this trip would be about so much more than just getting construction work done.


Often we get so wrapped up in other things that we can miss what God is saying right in front of our faces. This was true for me during our trip. I’m a goal-oriented person and I find deep satisfaction in checking items off a to-do list. We were only going to be in Zambia for a week, so I really wanted to make sure I utilized my time well and got as much done as possible. That way the Poetice staff could keep moving forward with their plans and accomplish their goal of opening a coffee shop ministry. After all, that’s why I came here right? Wrong! Throughout the week I watched my team as they created impactful relationships with people of Choma and seize opportunities to work with youth. Meanwhile, I did what I do best – lose myself in my work. I mean that’s easy when that’s where I find the most comfort. Over the last few years of my life, this cycle of trading fellowship time and relationship-building for accomplishing work goals has become more and more common. By the time I realized what I was missing out on, our week was already at a close. With only a few days justify, I asked God to focus my heart on interacting with the guys that surrounded my work area. I realized I wasn’t going to get everything done that I had intended to, so it was time to ask God what He really wanted to be done. From then on I felt something I had been missing for the first few days of our trip, and months leading up to it – God’s presence.


Mission trips are awesome because much like how God created each of us uniquely, God creates each mission trip experience to be unique for each individual. My experience has been that He takes me at the season I’m in and continues to grow me in my relationship with Him and with others. One of the things I always look forward to when I’m traveling far from home is seeing how much bigger God is than me. Even in places where people live deeply impoverished; regardless of skin color, languages, life circumstances, God still sent His son to die for every person’s sins. Not just for Americans – for everyone. He loves us all the same and He can still deeply impact me in a different country as much as He does at home. God continues to be so good to me and I pray that I can continue to grow into the man He has made me to be.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dillon Kupski went on an immersion trip with Watermark Wesleyan Church in 2019.

A Fight for Justice

August 15th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “A Fight for Justice”

The Lord is the mighty defender, perfect and just in all his ways. God is faithful and true to us, His people, and He cannot let us down. From the beginning, God has been a just King, He has always wanted His people to choose what they want (good or bad).

The justice that the people have on earth was gotten from God. What is justice then? Justice is a fair judgment or a judgment that recognizes the equal rights of everyone. In the past weeks, we learned about justice and its components. I have greatly been empowered by the teaching of justice and how I should administer it. There are five components of injustice across the globe, namely poverty, disease, spiritual emptiness, oppression, and illiteracy. We have to fight against these injustices as children of God. But for us to do this, we must first seek the Kingdom of God and let Him lead us.

In Psalms 103:6 it says, “The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.” God will give rewards and punishments to deserving people. God gives rewards to His people that are faithful to Him and righteous. 1 Samuel 26:23 states that “The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.” This leaves an impact on His moral character in us.

The creator of heaven, earth, and the sea always keeps His promises. He judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. He sets prisoners free and gives sight to the blind; He lifts those who have fallen and loves His righteous people. “When the poor cry out I helped them, I give help to orphans who have no one to turn to. Those who are in deepest misery finds their feet back, and I console widows. I am a father to the poor and take the side of strangers in trouble, thus says the God almighty.” Justice is for God alone and not ours, therefore we must leave vengeance and rewards to Him only. It takes God’s will or discernment for us the people to do His justice.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Collet Kadoolo – 2018 Immersion Intern

The Burden of Fighting

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “The Burden of Fighting”

As a long-time-lover of justice, I was beyond myself with excitement to spend a whole week with Micah and Toran learning about the very thing that has wrecked me, shaped me, molded me, and driven me to actions as crazy as flying across the world to spend a summer in Zambia: learning about and fighting for justice. Years ago, the Lord began breaking my heart for what breaks His and showing me in so many ways how this world does not reflect the peace, righteousness, and beauty of the Kingdom of Heaven. I began saying to myself and others throughout my college years, “Once you know about an injustice, you don’t have to do anything about it, but you can never again say you didn’t know.” This kind of thinking pushed me to do a lot of fighting – and I mean a lot. It was good, but it was exhausting, reflective of the weakness of my own flesh trying to hold a burden that was never meant for me to carry alone, desperately aching to fight a battle that I will always be powerless in if I am not walking in step with the One who created all things, the One who created justice, the One who has already won the battle and is waiting restlessly for the day we can all come peacefully to His kingdom, free from every burden that shackled us in this world. Although I have been passionate about justice for a long time, I have also been exhausted, powerless, and overwhelmed with the messy giant of injustice and an altogether incompetent opponent.

At Poetice, you will find people who tell you that the only answer to injustice is Jesus. They will tell you that although there is illiteracy, although there is oppression, although there is hunger, the first answer is not school fees, nor safe housing, nor food, nor business loans. The first answer has to be Jesus, otherwise, there will be no transformation. Ultimately, He is the only one who can transform hearts and lives, who can bring change, who can bring justice in the midst of pain, oppression, and who can fight the long fight without burning out. When we surrender everything to the King of Kings, not only are we free from the burden of fighting an impossible fight, but we get to co-labor with the One who has already won the battle and wants to use us in the process of making all things new on Earth. Not only this, but we have the responsibility as His Children to step out of the comfort of our lives and stand against injustice with God, whenever and wherever He calls us. When we look at the world, it can be easy to cry out, “God, where are you in all of this mess?” The truth is, where God is in this mess is exactly wherever we are, as we are His hands and feet on the Earth and are the ones who get the joy of working together to bring the Kingdom here in every way, today, tomorrow, and every day until our Jesus comes back.

When we see injustice in the world, we as Christians do not have the right to look the other way and hope someone else will do something about it. We must lay down ourselves, our lives, and even our picture of what the right answer might be, and let the Lord use us to bring change, freedom and hope to our broken world. My approach to injustice has been transformed by my time as an intern at Poetice, much in the same way that my life, heart, and personal brokenness has been transformed by the love of the Almighty God who leaves the 99 to go after the 1, who wants to see all of us whole, and then use us to change the entire world. I can rest in the knowledge that it is not me alone who could even begin to heal the wounds of this world, but also stand up with eagerness to be used, knowing also that my life will be a waste if I am not actively working to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth, right alongside my good Father.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mallory Mishler – 2018 Immersion Intern

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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shae Reinke

World's Deep Hunger

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “World's Deep Hunger”

Wow, how is this summer already over? What a journey it has been! I have learned so much about who God is and His burning desire for justice. I first had to better understand what justice is before I could become an agent of it. Justice is a theme found all throughout Scripture that portrays the Lord’s heart and vision for His people. Micah 6:8 says to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. Three simple commands, yet we still struggle to live this out.

Justice is not only the act of doing what is right; justice is having the courage to step into what is wrong in this world and making it right again. I have the authority to bind things that are not righteous and just as well as the authority to loose those that are. Whatever is for the Kingdom, can be loosed. If it does not belong in the Kingdom, I must bind it. If I see an injustice, I must do something about it.

I have learned that God sent His Son to earth, he did not send money. God didn’t say that money would fix the world’s problems. He didn’t hand over money to find solutions to the injustices of the world. He sent His Son. We are called to be like Jesus. I can step into the mess of the world, build relationships with people, seek justice, and experience transformation. I can use the gifts and talents that God has imparted to me to help impact the injustices all across the globe. Money and development cannot fix injustices, but loving people and living righteously alongside of them can.

My passion is to see others find their God-given calling and purpose. I come alive when I see someone pursue what they were made for. I believe that God has given us each unique passions and desires and we should live into those. I love seeing dreams come alive. I want those who have never dreamt to start dreaming. I desire to see those dreams come to fruition. I believe that God put such desires in our hearts to not just sit there but to push us to do what we were made for. Whatever makes you come alive, what makes you tick, the thing that you love most, your hearts deepest desire is your passion! And that, I believe, is your purpose in this life. It is what you have to offer to this world!!

Frederick Buechner once said that my vocation is where my passions and the world’s deepest hunger meet. WOW! I see a world that is lacking purpose. We live mundane lives with no meaning. We go to work because the world says we need to. We sit in hours of business meetings, hating every minute of it. We live paycheck to paycheck. We indulge in the money that we do make. We don’t enjoy the work that we’re doing. Maybe we do enjoy the work we’re doing but it has a negative impact on others. We spend hours working while each minute goes by we aren’t truly living. We are counting down the minutes until its 5 pm. We can’t wait until Friday finally comes. We live for the weekend. Monday comes and we do it all over again. Where is the passion? Where is the purpose? What are we living for? I don’t want to just wake up and waste another day.

For me, living out my passion is living justly. This is stepping into the wrong and making it right again. If I can empower others to live out their passions and purpose, wouldn’t the world start to become a better place?

My big dream is to empower local people whether that be in Haiti, in Africa, or wherever God tells me. I believe that true transformation takes time. I want to spend much time in communities where people don’t even know how to dream because all they know is what is in front of them. I want to elicit dreams and see them lived out. I desire to see lives restored. I want to help others find their purpose and live into it. I believe that the cure for poverty and brokenness is a holistic approach. When someone knows their identity, their passion, their calling… they can then take action and live into that purpose. They see themselves as worthy and good. There is now a purpose to waking up and living each day. Once one finds their purpose, I believe each component of a human improves: socially, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. It is a cycle. And it all starts with believing in someone. Taking the time to sit down and speak life into them.

Passions may include cars, people, farming, mentoring, missions, teaching, children, law, healthcare, music… the list goes on! Whatever it is, I believe we each have a passion inside of us. I want to encourage others to discover their passion and make a purpose from it. Wherever I do end up, I want to see the discovery of passions and then walk alongside them as they enter into it.

A world that is full of people with passion and a purpose is a world that injustice cannot live in. This is my greatest desire.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
McKenzie Warner – 2018 Immersion Intern

Resonating Hearts

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Resonating Hearts”

“God doesn’t have a mission for His church, but a church for His mission.”

We, as Christ-followers, are given authority to call out what is permitted or forbidden on earth– as is in heaven. (Matthew 16:19). This implies a large responsibility as part of our basic calling on earth: to fight for justice and expand the Kingdom. 

During justice week, we learned that righteousness and justice are meant to exist together. Righteousness, as defined by God’s moral character, and justice, as defined by the actions that flow from His character, create true shalom (peace) when working together in perfect unity. 

I have learned a lot from the book of Matthew, chapter 24. It’s not really up to me to decide whether I should or should not help an individual in need. This has truly changed my perspective as I prepare to go home to the States. If there’s a need that I am capable of meeting, then it’s my responsibility to do it. 

My heart really resonates with the holistic approach to fighting for justice. It’s so important to look at the whole person: spiritually, emotionally, physically, psychologically, and socially. While spiritual empowerment is the focus and foundation of fighting injustice, I believe every part of the person affects another part. If one is lacking, it is likely that another will be negatively impacted as well. As I am preparing to begin graduate school for physical therapy at the end of this month, I am especially encouraged to enter my new field. I plan to use physical therapy as my platform for ministry. It is critical to use a multidimensional approach to therapy, realizing that an individual is far more than just their physicality. This opens the door for spiritual empowerment. 

Before the internship, I believed that our basic calling in life as believers was to love God and love people. Since then, I have revised my perception of our basic calling as believers. We have another responsibility and that is to fight for justice and advance the Kingdom on earth. So, our calling in this life is to (1) love God and love people, and (2) fight for justice and advance the Kingdom. I plan to make this my mission in life, in all that I do and in every place that I am. 

I love the idea that Frederick Buechner proposes about vocation being where your great passions and the world’s deep hunger meet. I think this is something each one of us should deeply consider– what are our greatest passions and how can they be used to serve the deepest hungers and needs of this world we live in? This action in itself is the first step to fighting injustice and has the potential to cause waves of influence across the world. Let’s all do our part and take on the injustices of the world together.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenna Fort – 2018 Immersion Intern

Fighting Goliath

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Fighting Goliath”

Hello people! I am here again to talk about justice and injustice.

First justice is doing what is right before God and man then injustice is the other way round.

I have been empowered to fight for justice because that’s what the Lord wants. According to Genesis 18:19: “I have chosen him in order that he may command his sons and his descendants to obey me and to do what is right and just”.

I have to build the kingdom of heaven here on earth because the five global giants are here trying to destroy the kingdom and these are: spiritual emptiness, oppression, illiteracy, disease, and poverty.

So people let’s rise together and fight the Goliath by being a brother’s and a sister’s keeper.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lillian Gondwe – 2018 Immersion Intern

Hope for the Hopeless

August 14th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Hope for the Hopeless”

Fighting for justice means living in righteousness—a lifestyle of selflessness, of elevating other’s needs above your own, whether or not anyone is watching. As I’ve learned from Micah’s teaching, all poverty comes from social injustice, and all injustice comes from unrighteousness. The cure for poverty, disease, illiteracy, and oppression is not a Band-Aid of redistributing money, but true transformation in the hearts of individuals through Jesus Christ. When God chose to save the world, he didn’t send a check; he sent his Son. Only through Christ’s redemptive transformation can spiritual emptiness be replaced with righteousness and the giants of social injustice be slain.

Over the last three months, God has brought me face to face with these giants of injustice through my relationship with a certain widow named Mary. When I met her, she was dying of Tuberculosis and AIDS. Her caretakers were her elderly mother, who was also sick, and her three young children. With no income, they could only rely on the generosity of those around them for their daily food. Though Mary’s situation seemed hopeless, somehow God saw fit for our paths to cross at such a time that my friends and I could visit her every week, provide a few meals and necessities for her family, sing to her and pray with her the day she went home to be with the Lord, and comfort her family at her burial our last weekend in Zambia. I don’t know why God didn’t answer our prayers by healing Mary’s physical body, but I do believe he’s bringing new hope into her household. The last few weeks we visited Mary, some teenagers from the community joined us, translating for us and praying alongside us. Although my time in Zambia and Mary’s time on earth has run out, God is raising up new ambassadors of the Gospel in this place. Following our example, they will be the ones to confront the injustices in Choma by visiting the sick, loving the poor and the oppressed, and putting the needs of others above their own.

Injustice doesn’t just exist in the compounds of Choma, Zambia. Injustice exists everywhere there is unrighteousness, sin, and relational brokenness. As I return to the United States, I know God has more work to do through me. The spiritual emptiness in my own community needs Jesus’ transformation just as much as any other community does. As each of us returns to our communities, may God continue to transform us into his hope on earth.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olivia Thompson – 2018 Immersion Intern