MAX TUSTIN: Second Update!

July 24th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). During these past few weeks, I have been reminded of how truly beautiful the Lord’s freedom is. In this time, His liberating power has been revealed to me in a variety of new, impactful, and surprising ways. While God has displayed this power through many avenues, it was made the most evident in our team’s outreach to Malawi, where we prayed, served, and learned alongside the people of Mongochi.

At first, I was hesitant of this outreach. I came in with many negative images of how evangelism has been used and abused throughout history, and was unsure of how it might look in a way that truly embodies Christ’s love. I was also weary in the fact that we were likely to encounter some sort of spiritual warfare, an area that I held little knowledge and a whole lot of doubt in. Being faced with these uncertainties and doubts, I knew that I had two options: I could either allow myself to become consumed with bitterness or I could choose faith, jumping head first into the unknown. By the grace of God, I am pleased to say I chose the latter.

When we got to Malawi, I was blown away by the ministry that was already in place. The Christians there weren’t forceful or condemning, but spoke in love and hope. The message they shared was truly “good news”, celebrating the joy, healing, and freedom that is in Christ. Witnessing this ministry, I realized that sharing the gospel was not a burden but a gift- an opportunity to learn more about God through mutual discovery. Through this loving approach, God worked in miraculous ways- bringing about liberation in both the physical and spiritual spheres of Mongochi.

These experiences in Malawi have opened my eyes to the rich variety of ways that God sets us free. In the same way that God has set me free from my bitterness and doubt, he has set others free from physical debilitation, self-deprecating practices, and even spiritual oppression. By trusting in the Spirit of the Lord, I found that I can be an instrument in His liberation, proclaiming His victory over any darkness, and walking boldly in the freedom He has already placed within me.

Max Tustin • 2017 International Immersion Intern