My name is Gift Syambale of Choma, Zambia. I am 29 years old, an intern of Poetice Zambia 2018. It has been so wonderful to me to see how God uses people to change other’s hearts and minds. This is done through what we do to others and the way we handle ourselves; it makes a great impact in ministering the Gospel to others. Before going on outreach, we did service which prepared us to go and serve in Lesotho.
After having been back home for a week, I can now see that my outreach in Lesotho made a great impact on my life. To begin with, I had never done solitude before, and this was the great opportunity for me to put this into practice. Now I understand that we are to listen to God as He always will speak to us. This is done in a very quiet place, where we can focus our minds and everything on Him alone. The purpose of silence and solitude is to be able to see and hear from God. I learned all of this about solitude from our teacher Brad, who took the time to teach us a lesson before we had two hours of solitude on the mountainside.
Meanwhile, John taught about simplicity, which is an inward reality that results in an outward lifestyle. From this, I learned that simplicity begins inside an individual’s heart. As Christians, we are to be simple in the way we handle ourselves – that is living the simple life of who we are. We are to surrender everything to Christ, trust him and be humble.
I was so excited to be among those who were able to help the community of Nkoeng Village of Lesotho in so many ways. Some of the things we did were road maintenance, mending a house, sharing the word of God with the people around, and painting the school. This made me realize that even the little works we do are greatly appreciated by the community.
Just like any other place, Lesotho challenged me in many ways. One challenge was the weather: it was very, very cold. Another challenge was the language barrier. I have never been in a place where I couldn’t communicate with the locals, and it made it difficult to connect with people without an interpreter. These challenges made me realize the goodness of the Lord because there are people who stay in the cold who are like me. This gave me the courage to not complain about the weather while I was there. Regarding the language, I tried to learn some new words to make connecting easier, but it was still difficult at times. All in all, these challenges pushed me to grow closer to the Lord in new ways, and I am thankful for all I learned in Lesotho and for the team that I got to experience it all with.
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Gift Syambale – 2018 Immersion Intern