Unexpected Joy

August 1st, 2018 Posted by Immersion Internship – 2018

Shop shop! (which means “I’m good” in Sesotho)

I just spent the past two weeks in the Kingdom of Lesotho! Wooo! It was an amazing experience. I was able to serve the people of Nkoeng alongside my incredible team of interns. We overcame the extremely cold weather with positive attitudes and excited hearts to serve. My team was able to rebuild a road, paint a schoolhouse, minister with local people, teach a computer course, and just love on the community.

I experienced joy in ways that I did not expect. I saw joy all over the faces of the women who watched us paint and fix up the schoolhouse. They were elated to see young servants serving their community so well. It was a special moment. I personally felt so much joy in my heart when a few team members and I ministered to a mama in the community. She shared some personal experiences with us that had hurt her. We were able to pray with her and lift her up with encouraging truths about who she is. 

I learned that ministry can just simply be a way of life. It doesn’t have to be perfectly in order or at a set time. Godfrey and Elizabeth, the leaders of LXP Lesotho, are incredible examples of what that looks like. They just minister by the way that they live life. They have no agenda, only love. They open their home to the local children every single day. To me, that is what heaven looks like. An open door, a hug, an encouragement, a place to simply be. They both have such genuine hearts and it amazes me. I am inspired to live out my ministry in this way. I also grew closer to God as I spent hours in solitude. He spoke to me personally, asking me to give him a 100% yes. That I would be all in with my life. Hallelujah!

I was challenged by the coldness of Lesotho, but I was able to overcome that by remaining positive and of course, layering up, 7 layers to be exact! I also struggled with living so close to my entire team. I never had my own personal space, and I am a person who loves that. I learned that God takes us out of our comfort zone to teach us. I learned patience and understanding. He is still working on that within me, but I feel blessed to have experience that this past week because I can take that with me into this final month of internship. 

Altogether, Lesotho was an experience like no other. I am so thankful that I was able to take such a trip with my team. I feel very blessed to have met the people of Nkoeng and to love on the community. I am looking forward to the ways that I can practice that back in the communities in Choma.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
McKenzie Warner – 2018 Immersion Intern