As Journey internship comes to a close this week, we are still astounded by the work God has done in and through each of our interns. Here are some personal reflections from one of our interns before she traveled home to the US. Enjoy!
Wow! That really is all I can say to express these past two months. The Lord has done an amazing work in my heart as well as our whole team. I know that each and every person on Journey 2014 can say that they will come back with changed lives for God and amazing stories of His faithfulness.
The start of Journey was amazing! I dove in right away and invested all my time, energy, and emotions into each and every community. I wholeheartedly tried seeking the Lord in all that I was doing. Rejoice Project members stole my heart right away. After the first camp I constantly thought about them and made sure to dedicate time in prayer for them. Their eyes showed how much they care, their hearts showed the steadfast love of Jesus, and their mouths only enhanced the beauty that God has done in their lives and will continue to do. I knew that the Lord still had a work left to do in me. When we returned home from the community, a state of brokenness came over me. My heart was breaking and it was a time when I wanted healing. I knew that we only had a few days of rest and then we would go right back into pouring into these members and I didn’t want to miss out. I wasn’t going to let myself, but somehow I couldn’t find peace. I felt as though God wanted me in this state of brokenness so that I could truly see and feel how he feels for our world.
The days flew by and we now had two days to spend with Rejoice Project members. We were able to invest in them so they will remain in their communities preaching the very words of God and loving on the school children through Rejoice Project. I felt a nudge in my heart to leave the members during the teaching and pray for them throughout that time. It was the weirdest feeling, but I knew that the Spirit was speaking to me. The previous day, Kristin had spoken about Nehemiah and how half of the men were called to build the wall and the other half were called to protect the wall. It relates so much to our lives today: half are called to pray and the other half are called to take action. As I left in the middle of the lesson, the Lord most definitely prompted me to spend time in prayer and in His word, praying that God would encamp angels around these amazing leaders. The morning spent in prayer was honestly one of the best days that I have had because I was fully reliant on God and nothing or no one else.
I no longer say that I am 100% American, because upon leaving our “home” here and going back to America in just a few short days, parts of my heart with remain with the people of Africa forever. I know that my heart is full and more in love than it ever has been. I’ve been filled with the love of Jesus and my amazing friends will be left here, but we will take parts of their hearts as well. I will never forget the day sitting in the compound, surrounded by my African friends when I asked the question, “how do you see the Holy Spirit work in your life?” Their answers astounded me. Completely rooted in scripture they poured into me words of the Lord. An hour later, I was still engaged, still understanding, still standing in awe of the Lord’s faithfulness to heal in my time of brokenness. The part that amazed me was that Rejoice Project Members Paster Peterson and Julia sat by my side and wept with me. They fervently prayed for me as well as the entire Journey team. I had never experienced anything like it. Peterson prophesied over me and somehow my numb heart grew soft. That day I felt the Holy Spirit living and breathing inside me.
Afterwards time spent with these leaders, the Lord softened my heart and showed me where he wanted and needed me. A fire was lit in my heart that day and I will never go back to how I used to be. I am willing, I am ready, and can’t wait for Him to use me for His glory to further His kingdom.