Wow, how in the world has it already been four weeks that I have been living in Choma? I think that it took me two full weeks to fully process and understand that I was even in Africa. Now I am four and a half weeks in and cannot believe that I am a third of the way done! This past month has been an incredible ride. I have learned so much about myself, my God, and His kingdom. Although days move slowly here, time is going by too quick! But, I am just so excited to see what is coming for the next two months!!
In the classroom, we began learning about the God Story, which changed my entire perspective of Jesus and what He did for us. He rewrote the story and changed our future forever!!! The following week, we learned about identity and what that means to live into the truth of who God says that I am. I learned that once I know how God sees me, I can then see others in that way and love them in the same way that God does. The next week, we learned that belonging is better than freedom and that covenant is better than doing whatever I want. I will always have a master in my life… who or what do I want mine to be? Things of this world or God? God is my master!!! Hallelujah! This most recent week, in the classroom, we learned about God’s dream for Africa, the heritage of God’s people, and how to be a faithful leader. I have never been so excited to sit in a classroom. This stuff is SO GOOD! I want everybody to understand what I am learning. My heart is changing. God is bringing me from glory to glory.
I have loved doing ministry within the two communities: Kabanana and Mwapona! I have met people who have touched my life forever. I have seen the Holy Spirit moving and touching many. I have seen where God is building and growing the people here. I have had the privilege to visit the homes of children from Poetice Kids. I love being able to get to know their families and enjoy that intimate space with them. Each Monday, I have been going to a local farm to help out with daily chores. This farm isn’t just any typical farm, it is truly inspiring and a genuine blessing from God. All of the proceeds from the farm help orphan children pay their school fees. HOW AMAZING! I am blown away by this farming organization and how impactful it is. I absolutely enjoy every minute while serving there.
Living cross-culturally has been an amazing experience thus far. It has its challenges because of the differences, but it is SO rewarding. God has blessed me with beautiful brothers and sisters in Christ who happen to come from all across the globe. We choose to be one family here at Poetice, living into “Kingdom Culture.” We are one body. One family. What a blessing it is to be surrounded by a body of people who lift me up, constantly encourage, speak life, and push me in my faith journey. I am 8,000 miles away from home, but my African people make me feel like I am right at home. I am so grateful!!
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
McKenzie Warner – 2018 Immersion Intern