Internship Update: Week Two

June 6th, 2015 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2015
Just a friendly reminder that this is my way of giving updates. It’s not really a “blog” but more of an “update spot”. You can continue…
This week’s been incredible. I went from counting down the days until I head home to wishing I could extend this trip/praying time slows down. And to be quite honest, I’m not sure the exact moment or reason why this changed (though I do know it wasn’t in the 4 hour church service…oofta).
God’s been teaching me obedience and He’s told me: “GO AND BE.” Go or stay, but whatever you do, do it in an act of obedience. Be there. And be who He’s created you to be. Being who He wants you to be is more important than “doing things for Jesus.”

Some highlights from this week:
1. The sessions. Each morning, after an hour of prayer and worship, we have sessions. And this week they’ve just been something special. For instance, Musa talked to us about The Father Heart of God, and as we described “a” father and then compared him to THE Father, I realized how truly fortunate I’ve been. I’ve watched my grandpas be dads, and grandads, but more-so, I have an earthly father that shares so many attributes to that of my Heavenly Father. I can’t even put it into words, but thanks Dad.
2. Starting Ministry. Tuesday was women’s ministry/men’s ministry outtings. Wednesday was Reach For Life (at Hillcrest Secondary). Thursday was home visits which consisted of time with a 7th grader named Precious. She and her twin brother, her mom, her younger sister, her cousins and aunts, all live with her grandmother. Over 4 years ago her grandfather kicked them all out of the house and her grandparents got a divorce. Yet despite this, their complete faith and trust in God does not waiver. I just pray that they feel the love of their Heavenly Father, who does not abandon, neglect, or quit.
3. Kitchen Crew. Each day of the week, a different group is responsible for the meals for that day. Lusanda picks the meal but we prepare, serve, and clean up. I’m a little nervous for the day that our team makes nshima – but it’s fun preparing meals with my fellow interns.

4. BAKING TEAM aka WATERMELON CREW. Long story but Thursday night was our first night of baking. Chocolate Chunk cookies. Nutella brownies. Lots of sugar, but I’m considering it a success.

(Ken’s excited that “ITS HAPPENING”)
5. Learning phrases. Emmanuel has been teaching me some phrases while I teach him some in Spanish (who would’ve thought my high school Spanish classes would be useful in Zambia?!) Also picking up on different things like omitting words to use sounds instead, or “I tell you TRULY…” or quite possibly my favorite: “Suresuresuresure” (all one long word that obviously a blog post is not going to do justice – but it still makes me oh so happy).
This week’s been packed with a lot of great things – I think I’m even starting to master the art of bucket bathing. And Hannah and I have a pretty spectacular system for washing our hair, not to toot our own horns or anything. Started my guitar lessons with Ken (Kenny). It’s been an adventure so far, and I just can’t wait to see what the next few weeks hold.
We’re already planning on going to town for pizza and gelato on July 4th; we’re claiming them as “American food.”
I am loving this country more and more the longer I’m here (except for the mosquitoes – we have a love/hate relationship no matter what country I’m in. Thank you Jesus for mosquito nets).

Oh and Bethanie, the spiders aren’t so bad. I had one little guy join me in my room, next to my towel, but he’s disappeared…
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Laura Gratopp • 2015 International Immersion Intern