How can one sum up a whole three months of chaotic wonder? These few months have been one of learning and going with the flow. I always I have my own ideas and expectations but God was quick to crush those in the first couple weeks, which definitely hurt a lot. But I know that He had to tear down my wrong ideas to build me up with things of Him.
I knew I would be taken outside of my comfort zone and I know that God has given me the gift of adapting to new areas. It’s the situations that get me all caught up and frozen. Doing programs like Beat the Drum was great and they did train us well. Of course things come up and schools will change their mind at times, so the organization can be lost. What was challenging for me was to adapt to the new situation of the new disorganized situation that we then found ourselves. I think through that couple week I saw a glimpse of something that could be in me. I am not good at connecting with middle age teens but it doesn’t mean I can’t get better and grow in that.
Before I came I was hoping to be with the really young kids because my heart just burned with love for them. Thankfully there were times in Choma andLesotho that I got to spend with them. I would’ve liked to have even more time to spend with them, but again that was my own hopeful expectation.
The experience with the house of 16 people was so much better than expected. It went from difficult living to better in the middle and difficult towards the end. I’m glad to have the opportunity to know what it’s like to live in that way with so many others, but I’m also glad that it’s not for a longer amount of time. Maybe it’s just me, but living with multiple boys can be an experience that you only need to live out once.
I love my roommates, with all their constant singing and laughter. Our conversations weren’t always kept surface level and we were always curious to know more. And so many funny questions were asked about both of our cultures which I really enjoyed!
The amount of learning… I feeling like it’s overflowing my brain, in the best way. I have learned so much from various teachers that made my mind expand in way I didn’t think would be possible to happen. Growing up with so much Christianity in my life I didn’t really know what else they would teach me that I didn’t already know or have heard before. I am so glad I was wrong! I now know so much more about my Father and His people.
I feel so spoiled with love from people from my house and the organization. This is a place that cares so much about the individual before anything else and that’s something this world needs more of. The heart of Poetice and EMIZ is primarily about God’s will for His people, to have relationship with Him and it shows.
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Kayla Hoogendyk • 2016 International Immersion Intern