Leading up to this great adventure of Zambia, I was so excited! Spending three months in a totally different place, making new relationships and learning a new culture was something I was really looking forward to. The week before I left though I started to doubt God’s plan for me coming here and I was honestly asking myself, “Is there still time to back out?” But I imagined what it would be like if I didn’t go and what I would do if I stayed where I was. This pushed me even more to leave because I knew there’s more to learn and more to grow in by coming here. I was reading through Hebrews before I left and I was on chapter 11 and the whole chapter is talking about walking by faith. So many of God’s people in the Bible were mentioned as it said “It was by faith that…” And this resonated with me. It was by faith that me, little 20 year old Kayla would travel over 24 hours to come to the country of Zambia to live for these three months.
I have experience so much already from waking up 5:30am to going to bed at 10pm at night. Each day is filled with a challenge whether it be from a lesson that morning or waiting to use the bathroom in the morning that’s shared with ten other girls. Whenever I enter the room I can almost always expect dancing or singing or one of the girls just yelling, “Kayla!” when they see me. There is so much love from the group. I have definitely been challenged not only in living in a house packed with sixteen people, but in the teachings.
During every week we have been taught on various topics like God’s Dream For Africa, What mission is and how it relates to us, Fasting, Submission and so on. My brain has never been so filled with so much information! Especially with topics from the Bible that are directly related to me. My heart has been confused and inspired all at once on how I can help the Lord’s will for my life and where I should go. Everyone that has taught us has given me something to think about. It has shown me how personal my Father is with what he has created with whom He has created.
I haven’t been able to pin point exactly why God wanted me here. It’s been great making all the friendships and helping with the organization. My eyes have been opened to a new culture and way of life that is full of hard working people who live by faith. I have been struggling with trying not to plan because my weakness is planning. As I talked with others, I was given the advise to stop being an American and start being an African and live my days by faith as they do. Sound familiar? The very same thing I started this trip with! It’s probably time I start taking that good advise that God has been telling me from the start. Still have a little while ago, but I can’t wait to see how the end result looks!
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kayla Hoogendyk • 2016 International Immersion Intern