The Kingdom of God

August 3rd, 2016 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2016

The past four weeks have been…so much. I have experienced the Kingdom more fully than I have ever previously seen. Beat the Drum was great. The relationships I formed with LXP and others was an incredible gift. It is one thing to work for God and an entirely new thing to be used by God. Beat the Drum as an experience where I was used by God more than I could have ever imagined. I feel unworthy every time God chooses to use me, or when He shows me how He has been using me. Specifically, I had the opportunity to simply listen to many people during Beat the Drum training. God used that time of relationship and listening to speak through me into the lives of others where I felt inadequate to speak. During the week of outreach for BTD God opened my heart and lead me to a place where I felt the pain of the students. When I was faced with overwhelming injustice and sadness, I had no choice but to simply lean on the love of God. I would conclude Beat the Drum as a massive “spiritual awakening” in my life. This “awakening” is primarily in the sense of understanding the massive power and the ultimate encompassing redemption of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom was opened up for me for the first time and I my view on The Kingdom shifted to something tangible, real, and near.

Form 45 Entry 709 Fileupload 10Outreach was soon after BTD and I had no idea what to expect. Lesotho is an amazing place and the people there are so open and including. The weeks of outreach really shifted my view on humility. Humility is truly all-encompassing. Selflessness truly does need to cover our entire lives. I was able to practice that, and fail in that regard during the week and a half. Nothing builds humility like smashing rocks with a hammer, building blisters, and drinking sour porridge. During this time God opened up my mind and allowed my heart to dream big dreams. The landscape of Lesotho calls to my rock climber and adventurous spirit. I was able to see how God uses my love of rock climbing to share His love and His word no matter where I am. Nothing encourages me more than to witness and experience the validation of God’s gifting and call in my life.

Will Kauffman • 2016 International Immersion Intern