In Lesotho, one powerful thing I learned about was the discipline of simplicity. John took the time to teach us more about this discipline, and I learned that simplicity is the pearl of the gospel. No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate one of the other. He says, “Blessed are you people, for yours is the Kingdom of God and woe to you that are rich for you have received your consolation.” The spiritual discipline of simplicity provides the added perspective. It is the gift to be simple, it is the gift to be free. It is the gift to come down where you ought to be and when we find ourselves in a place that is just right, it will be the valley of love and delight.
We also learned a lot about solitude from Brad. Solitude is to see God and listen for God’s voice. It is not time to read the Bible or worship, but it is the thing that we need to practice at all times. To have solitude, you need a silent place away from home and people where you are comfortable. You should bring a pen and a Bible, and no phone, books, or music. Like Jesus, we must go away from people from time to time to be nearer to God. Once we allow ourselves to have solitude, we then have the freedom to be with other people more fully.
It was a joy to be with the kids in Lesotho, who came to the kids camp for LXP. I was in the group tasked with teaching the 8 to 9-year-olds, which was a very interesting time. They asked a lot of questions, and we got to teach them about the Gospel. Another amazing new experience I got to have was climbing a mountain for the first time. I had never climbed a mountain before, and it was so good because I could look all around me and see God’s wonderful creation from a new perspective. We also got the chance to head out to the village to meet the local people in small teams, and it was awesome to get to hear the stories from the villagers and share the Word of God with new people.
For part of the week, my team and I had to paint the walls of a local school. This time taught me a lot of lessons, especially the importance of working together as a team. I love painting, and because we had no ladders I had to hold myself from the ceiling beams at one point to reach the high spots.
Elizabeth also taught us some new things, which was very good. She was talking about 1 Kings 1:17, which says, “A prophet named Elijah, from Tishbe in Gilead said to King Ahab, in the name of the Lord, the living God of Israel, whom I serve, I tell you that there will be no dew or rain for the next two or three years until I say so.”
What I learned from this was to trust God, because God is the King of everything and we should have faith in Him so that He will help us in this life.
The biggest challenge for me and my team was the very cold temperature in Lesotho. I learned to pray over my challenges, to allow God to use me in every circumstance, and to understand more from God. Also, I learned to ask God for knowledge and wisdom.
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Collet Kadoolo – 2018 Immersion Intern