Freedom and Identity in Christ

June 28th, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018

My name is Lillian Gondwe from Livingstone (Zambia). I am 21 years old, born in a family of four kids; three girls and one boy.

I came to know about the internship through Abby and her husband, who are the team leads of the internship. I decided to be part of this because of their passion for Christ. Being here is a great experience because I have to learn about other people’s culture from USA, Mexico, Uganda, and Malawi.

The first week it was awesome where Abby and John taught about the Story of God which really touched me in the sense that we are also part of the Trinity because Jesus came as a human on earth and we are made in His image.
The second week Daniel and Sarah blessed us with identity. We defined freedom as doing what you want without restrictions, but as a child of God is very much important knowing who you are in Christ Jesus and where you belong. They talked about core lies and core truths, and one of my core lies was that I am not God-pleasing and I’m not valuable. But Daniel made me realize that I am loved and valuable to God for I’m His image.
The third week it was mind blowing with Dave and his teaching was about freedom and we defined it as doing something without restrictions but at the same time freedom comes with responsibility and consequences. He said we can be free to something but yet you might be in bondage spiritually, and every person has to submit to someone or something. No one has two masters; as the children of God, we submit to him. Belonging is better than freedom.
The fourth week, it was Africa week with Bruce and Pastor Fred. Their teaching was that God has a dream for Africa and He blessed it. Bruce taught us where we come from through the sons of Noah– Shem, Ham, and Japheth–and that Africa is not cursed. Noah’s younger son saw his father’s nakedness and Noah did not curse Ham but he said, “Cursed be Canaan,” which is the land of black people but in Genesis 9:1 God blessed Noah and his children.

Lillian Gondwe – 2018 Immersion Intern