Posts in Immersion Internship – 2017

MAKENZIE KING: Final Update!

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

New people, new experiences, hearing God’s voice, amazing friendships, on fire worship for the Lord, Discovery Bible Studies (DBS), reading the Bible out loud, Kids Club, identity, purpose, the genealogy of Jesus, God’s plan for Africa, Kingdom Family, relationships, Malawi, healings, miracles, receiving of spiritual gifts, radical revival, justice, righteousness, Reach for Life Camp, trips to town, Munali’s, Debonair’s, Grande’s, Choma Market, Spar, ice cream, chocolate bars, scones, chocolate croissants, taxi rides, Fanta, Sprite, Coke, chips (crisps), Mwapona, Kabanana, Community Night, Family Fun Night, cooking teams, and Debrief are just a few words to describe the last three months of my life.

It’s hard for me to understand how fast the last three months has gone. To be honest, it’s been a roller coaster. There have been many ups and several downs, but the Lord was SO present through it all. I’ve gotten to witness and be apart of so many incredible testimonies of faith and healings. I’ve witnessed things that I had only ever heard about like praying over a lame man and then watching him walk and then run and then dance. I’ve watched as my friends here have found healing in their hearts from past hurts. I’ve watched as the people in the surrounding communities I’ve gotten to know continually display their strong faith in God despite trials they’ve faced. I got to meet and hold a newborn baby who’s name was only fitting because he was a true Miracle who’s family faithfully waited for him for 13 years. I then got to attend his baby shower to celebrate him. I’ve been there to welcome all the hugs from the kids that just need to be loved on. I’ve shared my testimony way more times than I planned on, and each time the Lord used it for good. I’ve experienced going into the communities and having people yell my name because they actually know me. I’ve found healing in my own heart, and through out it all I’ve felt the warmth of the Lord’s embrace every step of the way.

Right now I’m sitting in the guest house writing this blog and listening to Christmas music—yes Christmas music haha! The last week and this coming week are hard for me. I’m missing my family and friends so much as all the other interns are talking about going home. I’m sad that this season in Choma is coming to an end and that I don’t get to go home and see my family and friends, but I’m SO thrilled that I get to stay in Livingstone for another two months to complete half of my student teaching! This was an idea and then a desire in the making for the past year. Looking back, seeing all the hoops I had to jump through to follow the Lord’s calling to be sitting here right now just didn’t seem possible last October. To be entering into this time of student teaching here in Zambia is a true blessing from the Lord, because there were so many logistics to work out—many leading to dead ends. I’m SO thankful for all of the professors who fought for me to be here. I’m excited for this next season even though it’ll be a HOT one here!

To anyone who’s reading this and thinking of doing the internship next year, do it. If there’s anything in you that feels the Lord calling you to apply, do it. If you think you can’t afford it, walk through the doors and stand amazed as the Lord provides every penny you need. If you love the Lord, want to get to know Him more, love kids, love building relationships, love culture, have a desire to go to Zambia, love being abroad, or feel called to share the gospel, do it. If you feel called, do it, and watch as the Lord completely transforms your heart, mind, and soul.

Makenzie King • 2017 International Immersion Intern

MAX TUSTIN: Final Update!

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

From the moment I submitted my application to this final week, the word that best characterizes my internship experience is faith. This is a word that has taken on a new meaning in my own life through the various challenges and triumphs of the last eight months.

Before even stepping foot in Zambia, God called me to step out with a level of faith I had not walked in before. I quickly discovered that this internship was out of my control- that I had to fully rely on God to provide the means for this trip to happen. While I would love to write that I was able to fully rest in His provision and promise, I can’t. Through this process I became angry and bitter, desperately grasping at the reins of control that I never held. Even in my faithlessness, however, God was faithful- meeting every one of my needs fully and proving once again that He never fails. Looking back on this summer, it seems fitting that the prelude to this experience revolved around this theme of faith.

Reaching Zambia, I felt a tidal wave of new callings to step outside of my comfort zone in faith. While simply being in this new environment was a call outside of my comfort zone, I also found myself being called to step into deeper areas of my own faith. At first, this was simply in walking through local communities, sitting with those that would invite us in and talking about Jesus with them. As the summer went on, however, I felt myself being stretched further and further, praying with greater expectancy, and stepping into places that would make me look like a fool unless God showed up (which He did, time and time again). Through these experiences, I felt myself leaning more and more into God’s promise and power. This was a new motion for me, as my previous acts of “faith” were always underscored by a safety net of my own perceived understanding and control. Through these experiences, I also found myself becoming much more open to radical new ways that God can move through faith- ways that before seemed weird and, quite frankly, unlikely. By God’s continual offering of opportunity and his gentle nudging, I found that stepping into these new places became easier and even exciting.

While stepping out in faith externally was challenging, the greatest challenge I faced during this internship was stepping out in faith internally. Coming into the internship, I knew that everything was not solid in the deepest part of myself. First revealed through my preliminary bitterness, I knew that there were parts of myself I hadn’t fully confronted, parts that I hadn’t fully submitted to God. Upon further meditations and promptings through the summer, He revealed that I was not living my life out of a secure place. The actions that I took, though good, came from a place of seeking approval, affirmation, and ultimately my own glory. I didn’t believe that I was actually good, and so I needed to prove it to myself and to God that I was. By living out of this place, I couldn’t fully experience Christ’s freedom, or share in his abounding joy, putting myself in chains of my own design. And so, I reached a crossroads in my life: I could either continue living from a place of trying to please God and others, or I could live from a place of trusting God in who He says I am. While choosing the latter has been a daunting and seemingly hopeless process, I have already started to see the fruits of living out of this foundation of faith; my anxiety has been replaced with peace, fear with hope, insecurity with confidence, bitterness with love. In this place, my manufactured “good works” have become genuine and full, proceeding from a place of love rather than a place of need. There is an inexplainable peace I feel when I can simply sit in the presence of God, knowing in the deepest part of myself that I am, always have been, and always will be enough. For me, it is in this place that faith has taken its fullest form, providing the rock, the foundation by which I can truly live from, and continue to live from in the future.

Max Tustin • 2017 International Immersion Intern


August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

Hey friends its mercy again from Zambia and this is the last blog and I want to share my entire experience during my time of my internship here it has been a wonderful journey. Here is how the whole journey began, in 2011 the Lord spoke to me about the internship and I never took it serous, in 2014 the Lord spoke again about the same program through someone else this time and he spoke about three times in 2014 and I was supposed to do the program that time but I couldn’t because I had no money to do it that time but the lord continued speaking about it and at last am here. My challenges has been cross culture, been the oldest sometimes i feel disrespected, waking up early in the morning to prepare for class, sitting in class for four hours after a long time and because I have been doing ministry I felt like people expected a lot from me above all the Lord has been so gracious and he has been teaching me a lot through it all. I have learned to be content with what I have, to continue standing in the truth because the Lord is truth, never to allow any look down on me, to have the Lords attitude and be positive all the time, The Lord has also been reviewing himself to me as my father and that hes pleased with me, nothing can separate me from his love and am safe with him because he guides my path I have also been learning to find peace in him even when things in my life are rough.

In a few days, I’ll walk out of this program very ready to share what I have learned because I believe the Lord has invested a lot in me and am so eager. We had very powerful teachers from different walks of life that the Lord used to minister to us and my high light from topics we covered was are (1)Before you lead people you need to know who called you because if you don’t know who call you then you’ll be leading from a place of insecurity so you can’t celebrate the people that are following you(2)there is difference between a boss and a leader, a boss orders his people what to do and a leader leads a way (3) injustice is a result of spiritual power (4) the Lord can’t send you to the place where he has never been every place he sends you he has been there before that’s why be sent Jesus to show us the way.

I just want to take this opportunity to thank the lord for allowing me to take part in this program, it has really been a point of growth I also thank all the leaders of our ministry for just allowing the Lord to speak through them. May the good Lord bless you for the wonderful work you are doing of raising a generation that seeks the Lord and helping young people finding their true identity in Christ. Thank you once again.

Mercy Syamutumba • 2017 International Immersion Intern

ERIN RIDDER: Final Update!

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

When trying to find the words to even being articulating what this summer met to me, one thing immediately comes to mind and that is- Jesus showed up. Gosh, He’s so good and throughout the entire summer He was so evident. He was their for the morning worship, sitting in on teaching, going out to the community, various conversations, etc. He was always there, thank goodness for continually faithfulness and love.

Yesterday we learned about the prophet Samuel, and how he took a stone, set it between Mizpah and Shen and named it Ebenezer. When Samuel placed this stone he said “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 2000 years later I had the opportunity to place my own stone on top of an altar. I was asked to write on this stone, a single word that would sum up how the Lord has shown Himself to me this summer. My word was loved.

I never thought entering into this summer love would be something I struggled with. Months before coming to Africa, I prayed with anticipation that I would be wrecked by the love and goodness of our Father and surrender my life to Him. I didn’t fully realize that with that prayer I would have to deal with past experiences that I so easily put in a box, under my bed so I never have to deal with again.

But, with God being a God of love and forgiveness He was there to walk with me through those past experiences. He had forgiven me long ago and loved me through it all, but I wasn’t granting forgiveness and love for myself. This summer while going through that process of forgiveness, His love for me become more evident then ever before. I began realizing that through whatever my past may have looked like or whatever my future entails, He is right there walking right alongside of me, loving me through it all.
This summer He has renewed both love for myself and also Him. While yes, love and forgiveness will be an ongoing thing I will wrestle with. I am more certain then ever that Jesus is with me right now as I type this blog. He is with me as I continue on this day and He will continue walking with me through this life, loving me through all the joys and trials. Thank goodness for that, because I will say it a million more times- Jesus always shows us, and I am so excited to do this life right alongside of Him.

Erin Ridder • 2017 International Immersion Intern


August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017


IT’S MY LAST WEEK IN ZAMBIA YALL. I am overwhelmed that this beautiful journey in my new home is coming to an end. This summer has been a rollercoaster of Gods abundant love and miraculous power. Each day was filled with anticipation and excitement of what magnificent miracle the Lord was going to allow me to see or be a part of. I fully felt like the hands, feet, eyes, mouth, and entire body of Jesus Christ each day when I entered into the community. I was able to see the healing power of God in every aspect of that word. Healing of His children physically as well as healing the hearts of every person around me. Not only were the communities and villages around us impacted by the Fathers love but each intern around me played a part in healing of their own hearts. It has been a beautiful view of coming alongside my new brothers and sisters in Christ as we all healed in the Fathers love together. This place of healing and love has become my new home.

The villages of Mwaponana and Kabanana have become my safe place and my source of joy in the past three months. These communities have been the place of growing for me, of seeing the Lords power, and the places that I have found my one true love. I have become a lover of justice. I am completely and utterly in love with justice. I prayed for the Lord to show me brokenness, real life brokenness, and He did this in full. In every walk this summer He has shown me this brokenness: as we entered into Malawi, into the many villages in Choma, within the hearts of the interns around me, and in the amazing teachings we had each week. I am overwhelmed with how the Lord has broken my heart for what breaks His. This brokenness is what has now made me a lover of justice.

As I prepare to go back to the place I was raised, a piece of my heart will be left here in Africa. When I go home I will be homesick. The family I have made, the friends who are now my brothers and sisters, the kids who yell “COCO” from across the villages will soon become a small part of the big journey of my walk with Christ. This experience has instilled in me a faith and a confidence of who I am in the Lord. It has made the death of Jesus Christ so much more real to me. It has given me a boldness to proclaim His name to the mountains in a way that I have never done before. This journey has been life changing. It has given me the future of finally opening the orphanage the Lord has planted in my heart since I was a little girl. The Lords goodness is overwhelming. The power of prayer is crazy. God gives more than I could ever imagine and I am excited to say this is only the first small step of my life living in my new homeland of Africa.

Courtnie Pullen • 2017 International Immersion Intern


August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017


I have experienced so many things when we come do activities. Reaching people in these communities has also shown me things about my own life. I’ve gotten to experience and see the deep situations people face in their life. I am so glad to learn more about how to live life in Christ Jesus. It has been cool to have people from other countries together. And also learning to respect people you don’t know and learn how to get along with them.

Through this internship I have find out that God can communicates through people to speak in other lives. It has been cool to do Discovery Bible Study with the people here. God has used the teachers here to equip me to be a good leader. I got to learn and then apply what I was learning with the kids and people here.

One of the cool things that happened this summer was I got to see healings and people changing. A lady here in Choma was demon possessed and God used us to deliver her. This is just one of the many ways God has revealed himself.

I am very grateful for this internship and all that it has taught me about God and about myself. I am glad of the friends I got to make here and the things I got to see.


Edward Ngilishi • 2017 International Immersion Intern

ISABEL NGENDA: Final Update!

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

HALO FRIENDS!! Finally we have come to an end of the internship, I don’t know how to express my feelings. Well, I can say that my heart is sweet/sour, am excited to go home and connect with my kid and family, but again am going to miss the people I called my family for the past three months.

I have built life-long relationships with some of the people I connected most with, the internship was just the beginning of everything, there is still more to come. The internship for me was a concrete foundation of life. Just from the word go! i have loved each and every day that comes. Listening helped me, leaving with twenty people almost of the same age group is not easy, I told myself that I have to listen to everyone because if i spoke, I was only repeating what I knew already. And I guess I will adopt that for eternity. I did not mind the age some of the interns where, all I wanted was to build friendship and suck wisdom from them. If I was given the chance to do this again, I would do it over and over again. I have never met such people in my life, to a point of not even seeing anyone with a different color. If I say this is the way that I came, it`s a blue lie! I have added on to what I knew and I feel like am left with a few pieces to finish my puzzle. as I stated in my previous blog that ‘I have never experienced ministry the way it`s done out here, it has made me change some of my life goals, and when it comes to convincing me to do something that I don’t know it`s hard, but here no one has told me to. It happened just like that, nobody told me! Now that’s what I would call accepting God to take over my life.

Last week we had a reach4life day camp and every intern had a specific role assigned to them. My role was to oversee the camp site which included planning the camp, of course with the help from my task partner(Max) and leaders, tough one hey! But guess what I enjoyed it, I convinced one of my leaders that I wanted to teach in one of the sessions, and she gave me a chance. I actually learnt a lot from the kids whom I was in the same group with. Some of them actually saw me as someone who is successful (rich) but when I told them my story, they were surprised that I have so much going in my life and still happy, the answer I gave them was and still is that I left everything to God! And take my education seriously. My prayer is that just one kid may pick something from my story because most of the kids came from broken homes and don’t know what to do, if it was possible I would help them all. But there is a phase in life where someone can change you in a second, it’s a choice that you have to make. I pray that among those 140 kids at least one has been changed.

If I was told to change anything from the past three months, there is nothing I would touch because there is nothing bad about everything. Every break-down I had was paving way for a good make-up. All thanks goes to my teachers and my fellow interns for having to keep up with me. What I learned from them is something that I will keep for the rest of my life. Having teachers from livingstone and some flown all the way from Lesotho, Canada and USA humbles my heart and leaves me speechless. Well, all i can say is that am privileged to be a part of the 2017 immersion internship.

Isabel Ngenda • 2017 International Immersion Intern

JOEL NG'AMBI: Final Update!

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

It has been a blessing to be part of this year’s internship. It was exciting to have different teachers from different parts of the world to come and share with us. It an honor for me.

The internship created a greatest atmosphere that I will forever live with. Having lived in a cross-cultural community for three months has made me to appreciate Gods inclusiveness and diverseness, it’s like experiencing Gods kingdom first hand and it’s amazing. My faith and spiritual life have grown and I am excited and ready to share with the rest of the world the beauty of God. The greatest injustice is not lack of material things although this is the biggest injustice but the greatest injustice is being enriched spiritually and still live to see your neighbor live in spiritual poverty. Until we work on our morals and spiritual life we have a long way to go in making this world a better place.

Therefore I am making it my responsibility to share with others the word of God using not only my faith but my works too.

Joel Ng’ambi • 2017 International Immersion Intern

ASHTON NEWMAN: Final Update!

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

Hey all!
It’s me again, with my third and final blog. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I feel like I just got back from Malawi and now I am heading home to the states. I am blown away by how fast these past few weeks have come and gone. I feel like it was just yesterday that I stepped foot into this beautiful country and in one week I will be leaving her. So, in a blog driven by mostly tears I will attempt to pack the entirety of this immersion experience into a few short paragraphs. Please, wish me luck for this summer has way too many stories to fit into one page. Similar to the book of John, if I shared about everything the Lord did this summer, there would not be enough blogs in the world to contain its overwhelming goodness.

This summer has been a summer of renewal for me. I ended my first blog with this overwhelming sense of a renewed perspective on my ability to love. I thought this summer would be a transformation of the heart but not a rebuilding of my heart. It’s funny but so often we overlook our brokenness simply because we refuse to see it. However, the Lord works in this beautiful manner in that he takes you 9,000 miles away from home simply to remind his child of how much He loves. You see, the Lord’s love radiates in Africa. It’s crazy, but the African sun even spouts out murmurs of love with every sunrise and sunset. But, the people of Zambia have radically affected my hearts view of love. I said in my past blogs that I was learning to love from the people that genuinely love the best. This ideal cannot be more accurate in relation to the atmosphere I have been surrounded by for the past three months. You see, love is not always the easiest thing to grasp. The world so often clouds the truth of love within false truths thus requiring the heart to decipher real love from fake love. This internship has then taught me what it really means to love.

For, the past three months I have had the opportunity to travel into the local communities surrounding our home base. These two communities are called Mipona and Cabanana. I have spent the majority of my summer serving in Mipona where I have met some of the kindest individuals. The hospitality of my dear friends of Mipona often leaves me in complete awe. I am floored day in and day out by the love that is so freely given. This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a baby shower of my family that I visit quite frequently. The house was jam packed with so many women from the community all singing praises to the Father in celebration of the birth of the child. However, there was no room in the house. It was filled with so many women that many were trickling out of the front entrance. But, as soon as we arrived the women all made space, huddled a little closer and opened spots for us to join in on the celebration. This was just one story of many of the outpouring of love.

This experience has been truly life changing. My eyes have been opened to real brokenness, true hardship, but also pure joy. I came into this summer seeking out pure joy and I found it in full. I am going to leave this place spiritually, emotionally, and physically wrecked for Jesus Christ. The Lord’s goodness leaves me in a continual posture of amazement in that the Father so purposely maps out our adventures with him. I have learned how to live, how to love, and how to serve. I am living changed, renewed, and greatly purposed. The Lord has spoken so much truth over this experience and I am so excited to see where He takes me next. I am so thankful for Zambia. I truly do not want to say goodbye. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.

Ashton Newman • 2017 International Immersion Intern


August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

It has been an incredibly amazing life changing experience and the end of the immersion internship is just the beginning of a lifelong lifestyle. The fundamental principle that I picked up throughout my experience is identity without which one is lost in their faith. Knowing who you are in your Christian faith is the foundation of relationships, the principle upon which the Christian faith is rooted on. The primary relationship to establish first is one between God and us. It is that relationship that establishes us firm in His own likeness, only then can we establish true and sincere relationships among ourselves, only then can we root out injustice, only then can we establish His Kingdom.

Through this internship I have come to forgive myself and others, I have come to know my worth and place and most importantly I have been reconciled back to God and it’s the most restful and amazing feeling, I’m free. He calls me Son and tells me to rest as I watch Him take charge and execute His plans for me and fixing the puzzle together, boy it’s a beautiful picture. There is nothing more rewarding than submitting and trusting in Him. Looking back, God is truly faithful and a Loving God.

I am restored.

Sande Mulwanda • 2017 International Immersion Intern