My Name is Mercy Syamutumba. I am 27 years old and I was born on the 28 of March, 1990. I have five siblings, four brothers and one sister. I am Zambian by nationality and specifically from Livingstone. I am in the Immersion Internship program here in Choma, Zambia. The experience has so far been great. We are a team of 20, with eleven Americans, one Zimbabwean, one Malawian and eight Zambians.
The first week of my time here was so exciting because we looked at Meditation, one of the spiritual disciplines. It was taught by one of the staff members, Mumba. She is such a good teacher and I was so challenged by her. The points that she brought out that really stood out for me were that the Lord reveals himself in meditation and that there is peace, rest and that it’s a place of intimacy with the Lord. The other topics that we learned were Identity, Prayer, Freedom as well as Life with a Purpose. These topics have been so inspiring because our teachers did a very good job when teaching. They started teaching us right from creation to eternal life, which is now. Things that really stood out for me is that the Lord created us for relationships and that he wants to be in a relationship with us. He also created us to multiply and to have dominion over the earth.
In the early hours of our second day our leaders woke us up with some noise saying the house was on fire! When we woke up, we realized there was no fire and we were told to pack up for two days. After everyone packed, they took us to some place 20 kilometers away, dropped us off asked us to walk back home. It was challenging but it helped us bond. I got so tired on my way back and was carried by one of my American friends. Later that day, we played games that challenged us and helped us work together as a team. Every Monday we visit homes throughout the communities that surround our base. We pray for people and tell them about Jesus. This has challenged me because we have seen many people that don’t have a lot, and they are willing to share with us from the little they have. Living with twenty people from four different cultures hasn’t been easy at all. However, it has been the greatest thing ever because the people am living with are very wonderful and caring people.
The ministries that I’ve been involved in are a purity ministry for young women, Kids Club, Soccer Ministry and community nights. I have a chance to lead in worship at community night, teach at our purity ministry as well as Kids Club. I am really excited to be in the ministries that I am in because I love teenager’s and I have a passion for them.
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Mercy Syamutumba • 2017 International Immersion Intern