Pieces of my Heart

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

Hello people, its a great day to have a great day! My name is Erin, and man am I grateful for this life. I have come all the way from Omaha, NE; the place I love so much. Omaha, brings me a lot of joy- whether that be from my friends and family, spending my time aimlessly wandering downtown where there are always something to do, to getting a good book and hanging up my hammock on some of my favorite trees, Omaha has a huge part of my heart.
When I am not in Nebraska, I am in Kansas attending college at Kansas State University. This December I will be graduating, (which yes is as scary as it sounds and no I am not ready to leave that place I love full well.) I am planning on going to nursing school following graduation, where that may be I don’t know, but I love the idea of putting my trust in the Lord with were He wants me to. Post nursing school, I have ideas of what life might look like- being a traveling nurse, continue going to school to become a Nurse Practitioner, do medical missions, the options are endless and wow, does that excite me! As for now I have the pleasure to call Choma, Zambia home for 3 months, the internship is about to start on our fifth week, and time is flying by oh so ever fast. Endless amounts of experience and knowledge consumes all my thoughts, and I love it.

There is so much that I would love to talk about, but what really stands out to me and what I want to touch on is the people. Through being apart of O.V.C. (orphaned and vulnerable children), community nights, kids club, and everything in between the people that I have met have touched me in so many ways. To start the abundant amount of joy that they posses and their want and desire to continually help their families and others is truly astounding and such an encouragement. Everyone has such a servant-hearted mindset here and it is contagious. These people have already taught me so much and are showing examples of what it is like to love and serve others like Jesus did.

A memory that I’m going to hold near and dear to my heart- on Mondays we do community outreach. So that is us interns going out to the local community to get to know the people by befriending them, spending Mondays with them, and being able to love on them, etc. The first Monday we were doing this my friend Izzy and I felt the Lord was calling us to this specific house, so we decided to take a leap of faith and knock on the door in hopes of meeting the family. Well thankfully enough they answered and welcomed us in with open arms. We got to sit down and ended up talking with them for nearly two hours; It was such a cool experience!! Not only did we get to know them but before we left they handed us gifts of fresh vegetables and African clothing to take home as a gift. That family is incredible, now Izzy and I get to go hangout with this family every Monday and because of them I look forward to Mondays so much. They are such a treat to be around and it has been such an enjoyable experience not only learning more about the African culture, but hearing about the families passions, hobbies, etc.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of my time here will look like and all those I’ll get the pleasure to meet. I have quickly realized that while I am giving out pieces of my heart to the people of Choma, they are giving me back pieces of their heart and so much more. Forever grateful to call this place home for the next 3 months.

Erin Ridder • 2017 International Immersion Intern