Welcome to Abba's Pride July 2016 update!
We are excited you are taking the time to see what has been happening within Abba's Pride! This past month our entire team has been focused on helping our Serve South Africa Interns make the most out of their time here. We invite you to get a cup of coffee or a nice cold lemonade and relax as you dive into the world of our interns!
I am in awe of this place. Through cultural barriers, awkward moments in host homes, and more dancing in church than I’ve ever done, the Lord has made Himself known to me here. He has reminded me that He is everywhere and there is power in His name. I simply need to sit and be present in His presence.
ANNA GRACE MACKENZIE
There are so many languages here. To the point that I go to greet people, and I say the wrong thing .. every time. But one thing people do in the churches here is to pray out loud. It is so cool, and I always get chill bumps. Just to be able to hear everyone calling on our Father is so amazing. And then it gets even better because of the fact there are so many languages here, everyone is praying in their native tongue. Whether it is Tswana, Zulu, Africaans, Ndebele, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, or English, our God understands every word and every heart behind it. He hears, He understands, and He meets everyone right where they are. Man, we serve an amazing God who is personal with everyone. Every tribe. Every tongue. Every nation.
Before returning to South Africa this summer, I thought I knew the country pretty well. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Having the opportunity to live with rural pastors and to be a part of multiple styles of worship has given me a new perspective on the culture here. Coming into Serve South Africa, I had a lot of general knowledge about the problems that South Africans encounter. I now have faces, names, and friends to attach to these problems. The more I learn, the more I’m sure that Jesus is making their problems my problems.
The internship has just just been filled with unforgettable moments. The biggest lesson though was not a big revelation or a spectecular event in popular definition. I found myself in awe of the sacrifice and selfless dedication of Pastor Isaac and Hendrika in serving the community of Wallmansthal. As I sat in the truck next to Isaac delivering bread donations to under-resourced churches, I just could not believe the selfishness of the life I was living. I realized that if I was ever going to be fit for God to use me, I had to die to self all the time.
While watching the Jesus film in the township, one of the little girls I had met sat in my lap. She knew the story and had heard it many times. While Jesus was being beaten she had tears in her eyes. It made me realize how numb I had become to the story that I had heard over and over again. I am realizing more and more everyday just how great his sacrifice was and how much he loves us.
No matter where you go, who you're with, or what you're doing, God's constant love never changes. I'm so thankful for His constant love in this season of so much change. It's a blessing to be here, to laugh with new friends, join churches in reaching out, love on kids, and work alongside Abba's Pride. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.
While watching the Jesus film in the township, one of the little girls I had met sat in my lap. She knew the story and had heard it many times. While Jesus was being beaten she had tears in her eyes. It made me realize how numb I had become to the story that I had heard over and over again. I am realizing more and more everyday just how great his sacrifice was and how much he loves us.God has really revealed himself to me through the people in the villages and through the other interns. This month has been an adventure and I praise God for the amazing work he has done through us as well as in us.
Coming into this internship experience I was not sure what to expect or what we would be doing. Over the past four weeks I have gotten to experience getting to be the hands and feet of Jesus to little ones, coming alongside teachers to guide them, and most importantly, learning from some amazing full time missionaries. My eyes and heart have been opened to the culture of South Africa and my life is forever changed.
Do you want to know more about "Serve South Africa 2017"?
Serve South Africa 6 Week Internship
You will be working alongside the Abba’s Pride missionaries to see how God is using this ministry to connect with churches in under-resourced areas to support their ministries. Throughout this time we will be working on spiritual development and cultural understanding. Once you have developed some of the ministry relationships, you will be challenged to build and execute your own mission project based on your gifts and the needs of the community.
Next summer's 6 week internship dates are June 24, 2017 - August 4, 2017. Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. For more information, visit our website at www.abbaspride.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly and Gap Year Internship Programs
This time frame is based on your availability and approval from Abba’s Pride. Interns that are in country for longer than a 3-month period are required to get a visa before arriving in country. For more information, visit our website at www.abbaspride.com or email us at email@example.com.