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Unfolding Justice

August 10th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Unfolding Justice”

My name is Gift Syambale of Choma Zambia, I am 29 years old and a 2018 intern of Poetice Zambia. It has been a great opportunity to be among the interns and be empowered to fight for justice. At times, justice becomes a bit of a catchphrase, sadly even a cliché. Yet, it’s one of the most important concepts we can understand and live out. I have seen injustice with my own eyes, and each day the news tells each of us of new acts of injustice. But rather than feeling defeated, let’s stand up, take action, and do something about it.

Jesus experienced injustice, so we would not experience judgment. In the garden of Gethsemane, we see Jesus taking on our pain and anguish, and on the cross, see him taking on our sin. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said Martin Luther King, Jr in his walk from Birmingham jail. And it is injustice that we see today all over the planet. We look around the communities of Choma and the world at large and we see those who are oppressed, those who lack spiritual and religious freedom, those who lack knowledge of Jesus. This too is an injustice.

We must stand up, lift up, and rise up to fight for these injustices, boldly proclaiming that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

We can also read the final words of Matthew’s Gospel spoken by Jesus as a commission based on his ministry in life. This is a commission of action. Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on Earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

As alluded to from the above paragraphs and from the experience I got from the Poetice Internship, I feel strong enough to stand up and proclaim justice to my community, workplace, and everywhere the Lord God takes me. Finally, I would like to thank the Poetice Zambia staff for the knowledge they imparted in me to proclaim justice everywhere and to the Almighty God, for offering me such a chance to learn, be empowered, and spend time with the other interns.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gift Syambale – 2018 Immersion Intern

Empowered

August 10th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Empowered”


It’s Henry, back again to wrap up the last blog after a period of three months. It has been kind of long, but it’s done and I am fully empowered. It’s been a wonderful last few weeks of this period. Much has been given to equip us and prepare us to get back into the real life of the world, getting back to our day-to-day life. Indeed, what I am writing about was very vital to be among the last teachings in order to get back into the communities while our minds are still fresh. You know what it is? It is the empowerment to fight for justice.

It was timely to have the last session on justice because it stands to be the mission/objective for Poetice International Zambia. Hearing about justice, what always came to my mind was the court, judgment, and execution, but this study has helped me open my eyes to start seeing myself as a tool to exercise justice.

I came also to know that there are categories of justice, but all move with forgiveness. This can be done by first identifying the five giants that lead to injustice, and these giants are spiritual emptiness, oppression, illiteracy, disease, and poverty.

I have been empowered to fight all the injustices that are the five giants; justice starts with an individual disciplining himself to be just through his behavior and character, later to the next person by speaking out against any injustice. Though you might have less impact, it can help awaken other people to follow you in the journey to fight for justice.

The most profound way justice was expressed was through forgiveness and mercy by Christ on the cross. This passage also empowers me to use forgiveness and mercy as a tool to express justice in the communities that I serve with. By doing this, let’s also keep in mind that vengeance belongs to God; God alone has the extreme powers to do that.

Lastly, thanks to Poetice for opening my eyes towards all the different kinds of injustices going on in our communities. God bless you abundantly.

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Henry Iwumbwe – 2018 Immersion Intern

Fighting for Justice

August 10th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Fighting for Justice”


Hey, I am back with my last blog. I am so happy with what I have learned about justice. It was awesome spending time with Micah and Toran. I was inspired by how they shared about the Church and justice. They first started the lessons by sharing their stories. It was such an amazing time. What an amazing guy Toran is by using his gift of telling stories to teach good news about justice and the Church.

As human beings, we have rights that protect us from other people. The government, through the legislative system, has composed laws that guide our rights. This is earthly justice (justice made or decided). God has his own justice, which He has created on his creation. Justice has been in existence since the creation (Genesis 18:19), but with God, justice moves together with righteousness (TSEDEO).

The world is full of injustice from the world, politics, unfair business practices, even how people treat each other in everyday life. Just because there have been injustices in the world doesn’t mean we can’t prevent it. We can stand up and fix things in this world. Partnering with people with great ideas is one of the important things to do when taking a step to fight for justice. Avoid contributing to the things you know are unjust. We are fighting for our communities, our families, our future. And let the light of God light our way.

As we fight for justice, we don’t just think about it, but we must speak it out and put into practice that which we know will help our communities. We must also remember that what we do or say to people around us matters. So we must live in justice with one another for love and unity to prevail. Thank you for having time to read my blog. Let’s help one another in fighting for justice.

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Melody Kawadza- 2018 Immersion Intern

Justice for the Oppressed

August 10th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Justice for the Oppressed”


Hello!!! Here is Chris!! I am back again.

What I have learned is to confront injustice and empower people, to be an agent of change in my community. “O man, God has told you what is good and what does the Lord require for you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Read your Bible on Micah 6:8.

I am saying all these things because I know the importance of justice. It brings peace and joy in life as a reward of God. Say when you can know the truth, it will set you free. You change the way you look at your things, the thing you look at changes by faith even when you cannot see. Doing what Jesus did, empowering the kids and the families around. Keep that open heart for Christ. The power is released to those who are open on praying for other people. God saved your life for a purpose: you need to bring other lives to Jesus Christ. I am really shaken up over the things I learned from Micah: for his teaching about justice. He made my mind be open and I realize that, in my country of Malawi, people there need to know more about justice. When I go back home I am going to stand and teach about justice for the street kids. I will tell them that God has their future. And God needs to use them in his Kingdom. That’s my passion for justice and I want to do what my Father in heaven needs me to do in this earth. Thank you to all the teachers and all the staff members of Poetice for your good care and change in my spiritual life.

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Christopher Rheman – 2018 Immersion Intern

Fighting for Justice

August 10th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Fighting for Justice”

According to the English to English Dictionary, justice is defined as a judgment involving the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishment. In other words, it is a theory where fairness is administered. As human beings, we have rights that protect us from other people who want to hurt, exploit, or oppress us. These rights are guided by the laws which have been implemented by governments, through the legislative system. This justice is earthly or man-made.

God has His own justice as well, which He has put on His own people (creation). Man actually copied the norms of justice from God, because God’s justice has been in existence since creation (Genesis 18:19).

God’s justice moves or is inter-connected with righteousness (Tsedeo). Justice is the outcome of righteousness. As indicated in Psalms 33:5, “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”

Justice is in two aspects namely; Primary and Secondary. As Christians, we must have a strong concern for the poor and vulnerable. Primary justice is about being in a right relationship with God, the righteous life that results is overwhelmingly social. Secondary (rectifying) justice means punishing the wrongdoers and caring for the victims of unjust treatment. There are four types of justice that people can seek redress when they are wronged, namely:
(1) Redemptive Justice
(2) Remunerative Justice.
(3) Retributive Justice
(4) Restorative Justice

REDEMPTIVE JUSTICE 
Divine justice is redemptive. Jesus came to bring justice by being crucified; He did this through mercy and love (compassion and humility). Romans 8:1-4 illustrates the forgiveness and justification that Jesus brought and how it saves us from eternal sin. The greatest justice that ever happened is forgiveness and mercy. As Christians, we are called upon to be practicing justice through love, mercy, compassion, and walking with God in humility.

REMUNERATIVE JUSTICE
Remunerative means to reward someone or being faithful to God. 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 imparts His moral character in us.

RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE 
This is the punishment to the wicked for their wrong actions. God will have time to punish those that have wronged/sinned. Deuteronomy 32:35 says, “It’s mine to avenge, I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” It is not mine to execute justice, but for the Lord alone. This also builds character to us as we leave vengeance to the Lord.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE (RELATIONAL)
Restoration means putting things back as they were. It is peace building of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Justice is for God alone and not ours; henceforth, we must leave vengeance and reward to Him only. We should be aware that it takes God’s will or discernment for us to do justice.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kamima Botha – 2018 Immersion Intern

Living a Life of Justice

August 10th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Living a Life of Justice”

Welcome back to my final/last blog for the internship. It has been a great journey to stand, walk, and work with Poetice International Zambia. I have been lifted up in my spiritual walk with the Lord God Almighty. Learning about leadership with Phill Tague was such an amazing experience for me. There is one thing that was new for me that he said: “We don’t need leadership but we need redemption, for redemption takes great leaders.” So at the end of it all, we become leaders.

In this passage, I will be talking about “JUSTICE.” Before I learned about justice, I just had the mere thought of what justice is in general. I thought justice was just being good or fair to the people around you. But there was more to it. I am thankful to Micah who taught about justice and Toran who taught about the Church. I will write one thing that stood out for me about the Church. He said the Church was created for God’s glory, and that the Church is for spiritual growth and unity.

In the world, there are a lot of injustices that we find. The five global giants (universal) that we find are spiritual emptiness, oppression, illiteracy, disease, and poverty. As I have been taught about justice, I want to find a way to fight injustice in my community. I learned that fighting for justice, we have to be practical. In order to do that, I have to be called, evangelize, assess, think, implement and take time. One of the injustices that happens is “spiritual emptiness.” One injustice interconnects with the other. So when you fight the other, you fight all. Spiritual emptiness has been the cause of the other injustices. They say justice and righteousness move together.

You cannot be righteous when you are spiritually empty. So fighting for justice starts from checking the spiritual life first. Sometimes we tend to focus on education knowing it’s the key to success. But in our success, we forget how our walk with the Lord matters. What is required of us is to balance what we do. One man said it is better to suffer and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven than to have everything and go to hell. I can give an example of the parable of a rich fool (Luke 12:13). So justice takes discernment. As I said before, justice and righteousness move together; where there is justice, there is righteousness. But where there is injustice, there is unrighteousness. I want to say thank you to the Lord for being with me through my lessons. “WE MUST FIGHT FOR JUSTICE EVERYWHERE WE GO.”

 

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Elizabeth Mudenda- 2018 Immersion Intern

Present Everywhere

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018, Shae Reinke 0 comments on “Present Everywhere”

“Always, everywhere God is present,
and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.”

– A.W Tozer

In each short-term mission trip, I have had the privilege of being a part of, God has shown me the importance of being obedient to go when he calls. Not because of the difference I can make, but because of the way he wants to use me and change me in that instance. As Christians, we are one body. Believers in America, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Zambia, Lesotho and all around the world make up Christ’s body and as a body, we are called to work together. To learn from each other. To encourage one another. To sacrifice on behalf of each other. To love one another. While we were in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho we spent our whole time working and serving with a ministry called LXP Lesotho. During our time there, God reminded me just how present he is, everywhere. 


God is at work everywhere and he wants us to join him in this work to share his love and redemption to the world, to those who are lost and do not know about the life he has to offer. A life of freedom, belonging, and purpose exists for each of us and yet so many people have no idea, even Christians miss this or forget this. The harvest is ready, but the workers are few. Those who are lost are ready to be found, ready to be invited into the family of God, but they need to know that there is a place for them. It’s easy for me to take this for granted. I forget that God wants to use me, he wants to use us, to be Christ’s imitators here on earth and to be his helper’s in bringing his Kingdom here.


Godfrey and Elizabeth, who run LXP Lesotho, pour into and train leaders within their community, run a youth program every week for around 100 kids from their community in the driveway and yard of their home, and many of those kids and teens come to their house every day to play and just be around them. We got to serve them by painting a schoolroom and fix some of the desks, fix potholes in the road leading to their house and community, and serve with them in reaching out to the community and leading the youth program. Their heart is to be a family with those they lead and encounter, adults and kids alike. It’s such a beautiful picture of what God envisioned for us as his sons and daughters. It’s not just non-profit Christian ministries and churches that are supposed to set this tone. It’s the Church, all believers, single, married, children, families, all those who believe they are a child of God. “Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.” It has been beautiful to see how God is doing just that in me as well as those around me in America, in Zambia, and in Lesotho. God is so big and he is ready to use me and anyone who is willing to be a vessel for his love. I am so thankful those who shared this with me were willing and I hope to continue in the same willing spirit with others.

 

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Shae Reinke

From Comfort Zone to Faith Zone

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “From Comfort Zone to Faith Zone”


Our two-week outreach trip to Lesotho was challenging for me mentally, physically, and emotionally. Once I finally felt I had overcome my homesickness in Zambia and settled into a new rhythm of doing life in the internship, my perspective was shaken again during outreach. I realized I had been building up my own comfort zone in Zambia, grounding myself in things that were familiar or that I felt I could do well or easily. All of that comfort zone fell away in Lesotho as I received the chance to serve in new ways, including paving roads, painting a school, speaking to a group of teenagers about living a life of purpose, and sharing a word of encouragement to a church congregation—all things I felt ill-equipped to do. Even driving 36 hours one way on a bus and living in close community in the cold for two weeks revealed my need for growth in patience and servanthood. As I learned from Pastor Fred a few weeks ago, sometimes God brings us into a season of separation in order to build our character and speak more clearly to us. A season of separation from what’s comfortable, familiar, and safe can take us to a new place of relying on God.


While in Lesotho, I had the opportunity to hear from the Lord in a couple hours of solitude. I chose a boulder to sit on, looking over the mountainous landscape and vast blue sky. Everything was beautiful and peaceful, and for a while, I was content to just sit in stillness admiring God’s creation. Then I noticed other members of our group walking on ahead, and I began to wonder what everything looked like from their perspective. As I became less satisfied with my location, I started focusing on the view I didn’t have yet instead of what was right in front of me. God convicted me that I’ve been so anxious to rush on ahead to the next stages of my life—completion of this internship, marriage, graduation from college, etc.—that I’m missing out on the beauty of where God has put me right now. If I rush on ahead, I discovered, I’ll only be anxious to get to the next seemingly appealing place after that. I asked God how I’m supposed to know when to move, and he told me to stand up and look into a pool of water in front of me. From my spot on the rock, the water shimmered in the sun and reflected the bright blue of the sky, but when I came close to it, I realized the water was shallow, dirty, and smelly. I went back to my rock until I heard the Lord tell me to look into the water again. The sun had dried the water and sludge off of the ground in several patches, like stepping stones. On the way to my place of solitude I had almost slipped in the mud, but walking across those dry places, there was no chance of slipping. The picture reassured me that I don’t need to be stumbling and guessing what God’s will is because God will make my path clear when he wants me to move.


Coming to Zambia was one step of faith for me. The internship began a season of separation from the comforts of home and family, but the trip to Lesotho showed me there were even more aspects of my life I needed separation from to grow closer to the Lord. I needed a separation from my routine and from the things I thought I could do well to learn that service is about much more than what tasks we can accomplish. God cares more about the posture of our hearts than how well we can paint a school. I needed a separation from the activity of community and service so I could remember to enjoy what God has put right in front of me. I’m grateful to serve a God who doesn’t leave me in my selfishly-constructed comfort zones, but places me where he wants me, showing me a new path when it’s time to move.

 

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Olivia Thompson – 2018 Immersion Intern

Working In God’s Vineyard

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “Working In God’s Vineyard”

Hello! My names are Memory Meshita Mulowa. I want to talk about the great work that Poetice is doing at this internship and in the community. In my first blog, I talked about my two siblings. Being the firstborn, I am a double orphan who lost both parents at a tender age. Life had not been easy because I succumbed to many hurdles and challenges in life. Abandoned by those who I considered to be my own, that adversely affected my academic performance and mileage. But when I encountered Jesus Christ and the beauty of His Gospel, my life has been marked for a radical shift. Ever since my childhood, I have cherished the idea of working in God’s vineyard. I want to serve God with all that is within me, because being here at Poetice has made me be thirstier for God, longing to know more. I have learned that God works in various ways, and God is really doing great things in my life.

The week before we went to Lesotho, we learned about service. Service is a sign of submission. I have learned that many of us don’t know how to serve, but we want to be served. We think that when we serve, people will start looking down on us. But Jesus is a good example of service. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, not because they are greater than Him, but he washed their feet to redefine greatness. I learned that no one is greater, only God is greater than all. A radical self-denial gives us the feel of adventure, but while we serve, we must experience many little deaths of going beyond ourselves.

While in Lesotho, we learned about simplicity. Talking about simplicity, I learned that “simplicity is freedom, and duplicity is bondage.” Duplicity brings anxiety and fear, and simplicity brings joy and balance. I learned that we should live a simple life, being in one focus and unity to live the Divine Center. Purity of the heart is to will one thing. Experiencing the inward reality liberates us outwardly. Speech becomes truthful and honest. The lust for status and position is gone because we no longer need status and position. We should just be the way we are.

My great experience in Lesotho was to hike the mountain and to go out in the community to preach the gospel of God. I met an amazing woman who had a passion for God. She encouraged me. I also had fun with the children and I enjoyed the way they worship. The only challenge that I had was to go out on the field, painting, and making roads because it was my first time doing those things. But I did them because it wasn’t about me, it was about God. I learned that I shouldn’t just think about myself but about others too. Working in God’s vineyard, you have to be ready to serve. Because I went there to serve, not to be served, I was happy to serve the people of Lesotho. I was so happy we came.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Memory Mulowa- 2018 Immersion Intern

THE FREEZING COLD OF LESOTHO

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018 0 comments on “THE FREEZING COLD OF LESOTHO”

The great experience being witnessed at Poetice International Zambia in astonishing to me, like never before. It’s getting interesting by the minute, hour, day and week in the Gospel lessons that we are learning here. Hi this is Melody Kawadza, and I am back again with my second blog and I promise you need to take your time because amazing things follow.

We had a great ten-day experience in Lesotho (kingdom) with a long 36-hour drive by bus. Enduring the long journey from Zambia to Lesotho was a great thing. My experience there was painting, field work and hiking the mountain. We went for outreach and visited different families. We taught the gospel of God, and after doing so, people gave their lives to Christ. We could see the great job that Godfrey and Elizabeth are doing in Lesotho with the passion they have for God and the people of Lesotho, transforming people’s lives. Everybody in Nkwing village are pleased with Godfrey and Elizabeth’s love for people.


While in Lesotho, we learned about simplicity and solitude. Simplicity is freedom and duplicity is bondage. I learned about living a simple life like Jesus did. God created a man in a simple way. Duplicity brings anxiety and fear. To experience the liberating spirit of simplicity will affect how we live. I also learned about solitude, which was a new word to me. We practiced it by going to the mountain to have quiet time with God and speaking to him and listening to what He had to say to me. But He didn’t say anything, not that He didn’t want to or He had nothing to say, but I wasn’t ready and I didn’t know what to do.

Every good thing comes with challenges. On this outreach, I faced challenges. The most challenging things were coldness, language, and making the road. When I learned about simplicity, I humbled myself so that however cold it was, I managed to wake up early in the morning when it was my duty to prepare breakfast. The language was a very big challenge, but I managed to greet in their language and they could respond. Challenges are meant to be overcome.

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Melody Kawadza- 2018 Immersion Intern