ERIN RIDDER: Second Update!

July 24th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

My time here continues to leave me in awe. This place and these people- its something special, let me tell you. Moments before I started compiling my thoughts to write this blog, I happened upon a conversation and there was something said that really stuck with me. “We aren’t saved from something, but rather for something.” At first it took me a few moments to process through these words and I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it for myself. Maybe my thoughts on it will change but as for now, I’m thinking it might just be one of the coolest things I’ve heard.

Those words instantly made me think of our God and my time here. It made me think of how intentional God is when it comes to not only lavishing us in His undeserving love, but how

He places different things in our life in His perfect timing, just because He knows us that much better then we know ourselves. It also gave me that nice little reminder that God is so consistent, every step I take whether it be here in Africa or any other place His light is shining right before me guiding my feet.
I see Him guiding and loving me as I walk into homes and am welcomed with nothing but warm smiles and embracing hugs. He places His hand over our hands as a we prayed for a man who cries out just to know the love and comfort our Father provides. I rejoice with Him as salvation takes place and He welcomes His beloved children into the kingdom.

In rejoicing with my brothers and sisters who are being welcomed into the loving arms of my gentle Father, I am reminded of the ways in which His pursuance never ceases, of His faithful consistency in bringing me back home.

And as my heart and feet continue to stumble after Him, I’m not quite sure of what that something I’m being saved for is. But I do know that I am complete and whole in Jesus. So I continue to put my hope and trust in Him.

Erin Ridder • 2017 International Immersion Intern