Okay, people. Jabulani Hamweene is my name, and I’m 18. I’m so excited about this internship. It’s been an incredible experience. There have been some challenges, though. To be honest, meeting 13 people for the first time and having to live with them for three months is not the easiest thing in the world. And the fact that there are culture differences makes it hard to always know what to say. Some people understand things differently than you do when they are from completely different backgrounds. But the Lord, in His wisdom, brings something beautiful out of it all. Despite being so different, the Lord showed us how similar we are. Because we are all his children in the end. But He has taught me to understand people who weren’t brought up in the same way I was, and He’s shown me that some of the ideas I had about Westerners aren’t true and that we’re not as different as I thought. I’ve learned to appreciate everyone.
The internship has also developed my spiritual life tremendously. I have more time to be with the Lord, to do His work on outreach and through our ministries. I’ve always known that people out there need to be reached, but the need is more extensive than I originally thought. There is a lot of work to do, and the laborers are few. It’s just heartbreaking that people are working to fix things, but it’s nowhere near enough. If you love Jesus and you’re thinking about doing this internship, don’t think twice. It’s going to change your life. Shalom shalom, people!
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jabulani Hamweene • 2016 International Immersion Intern