Summer Internship in Zambia

Hannah Godfrey
Hannah Godfrey Douglasville, Georgia

Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Godfrey and I am a junior Religion major, Sociology minor at Samford University. Last summer I served as an intern for two months in Zambia with Lifesong for Orphans and to say that it was a life-changing experience is an understatement. My summer in Zambia was one of the most transforming experiences I have ever had as I learned what a successful and life-restoring orphan ministry looks like in a real sense. Upon returning from Zambia I was overwhelmed by the honor of being a part of such a wonderful ministry which is quite literally raising the future leaders of Zambia to know and seek Christ. Almost immediately I knew that I had to go back to continue the friendships that I made and to learn as much as I can from all of the people involved at Lifesong School for Orphans. After applying to return and waiting anxiously and prayerfully to hear back, I was thrilled to receive the news that I would be welcomed back to serve as an intern this summer!

Since I am a returning intern this summer I have the opportunity to do even more than what I did last summer simply because I have experience with the culture and the school. The main role that the other interns and I had last summer was to build relationships with the girls that live in boarding and to encourage them in their studies and in pursuing the dreams that the Lord has placed on their hearts. I was honored to spend two months living life alongside these girls and I am so excited to be able to pick up where I left off with my dear friends and to be able to form new friendships as well. Another one of our duties was to spend time working with the primary school students in small groups and one on one. Through this, the teachers were able to continue teaching while we could focus on students who were struggling in various subjects. This was something that I wish that I could have been able to spend more time doing and something where I recognized that the teachers saw as very valuable. I am looking forward to being able to aim to do more small group time and to help the teachers in any other possible ways. Another program that we were heavily involved in was a weekly Bible Study for girls in grades 4-6 with the purpose of encouraging them to stay in school and helping them through a vulnerable time in their lives. I was able to help plan games, lead small groups, and teach lessons for this Bible Study and found that I love to speak to girls about their worth and identity in Christ. I am especially excited to be involved with this program again and to be intentional about seeking out the girls in this age bracket. Finally, as a returner, I am looking forward to being able to be an encourager to the newer interns. I know what it is like to be in a new culture and how hard it can be to adjust and so I hope that I can be of help with this. Now, these are only a few things that I am excited to be doing this summer and so I encourage you to write or email me if you have any more questions about what I will be doing this summer or about Lifesong School for Orphans in Zambia.

I am so overwhelmed by God’s love for me that He would allow me to return to the place that stole my heart last summer and that He is allowing me to do what I love to do. I am confident that He has opened this door again for a reason and I am confident that He will provide the resources for me to return. Furthermore, in order to go back to Zambia, I need all of your support whether that be encouragement, prayers, or financial support. The amount I need to raise to go is $4,500 to cover the cost of living for two months and to pay for airfare. My goal is for half of this amount to be raised by the end of March so that I can buy my plane ticket. This is a daunting task, but I am putting my faith in the One who called me to provide. With this said, I humbly ask that if you are able to financially support me and the Lord is calling you to do so, please do. If you are able to financially support me the details on how to do so are listed at the end of this letter. If not, I am already so thankful for your prayers and encouragement! Again I want to invite you all to write me back or email me if you have any questions about Lifesong for Orphans or about my trip as I would be happy to tell you more about this wonderful ministry and the work that they are doing. I thank you all in advance from the bottom of my heart for your support and your prayers!

With all of my love,

Hannah Godfrey

To Donate:

1) You can donate online on my mySTORY account right where you found this letter!

2) Or you can mail a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” to the address: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744 with “Hannah Godfrey #98026” written on the memo line to ensure it is credited to my account.

***Note: When you donate using a check, please email me so that I can tell Lifesong that it is on its way. My email is: hgodfrey@samford.edu

***When you donate online: Your donation is processed by STRIPE, which charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the need.

•           In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.

•           Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.

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Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Godfrey and I am a junior Religion major, Sociology minor at Samford University. Last summer I served as an intern for two months in Zambia with Lifesong for Orphans and to say that it was a life-changing experience is an understatement. My summer in Zambia was one of the most transforming experiences I have ever had as I learned what a successful and life-restoring orphan ministry looks like in a real sense. Upon returning from Zambia I was overwhelmed by the honor of being a part of such a wonderful ministry which is quite literally raising the future leaders of Zambia to know and seek Christ. Almost immediately I knew that I had to go back to continue the friendships that I made and to learn as much as I can from all of the people involved at Lifesong School for Orphans. After applying to return and waiting anxiously and prayerfully to hear back, I was thrilled to receive the news that I would be welcomed back to serve as an intern this summer!

Since I am a returning intern this summer I have the opportunity to do even more than what I did last summer simply because I have experience with the culture and the school. The main role that the other interns and I had last summer was to build relationships with the girls that live in boarding and to encourage them in their studies and in pursuing the dreams that the Lord has placed on their hearts. I was honored to spend two months living life alongside these girls and I am so excited to be able to pick up where I left off with my dear friends and to be able to form new friendships as well. Another one of our duties was to spend time working with the primary school students in small groups and one on one. Through this, the teachers were able to continue teaching while we could focus on students who were struggling in various subjects. This was something that I wish that I could have been able to spend more time doing and something where I recognized that the teachers saw as very valuable. I am looking forward to being able to aim to do more small group time and to help the teachers in any other possible ways. Another program that we were heavily involved in was a weekly Bible Study for girls in grades 4-6 with the purpose of encouraging them to stay in school and helping them through a vulnerable time in their lives. I was able to help plan games, lead small groups, and teach lessons for this Bible Study and found that I love to speak to girls about their worth and identity in Christ. I am especially excited to be involved with this program again and to be intentional about seeking out the girls in this age bracket. Finally, as a returner, I am looking forward to being able to be an encourager to the newer interns. I know what it is like to be in a new culture and how hard it can be to adjust and so I hope that I can be of help with this. Now, these are only a few things that I am excited to be doing this summer and so I encourage you to write or email me if you have any more questions about what I will be doing this summer or about Lifesong School for Orphans in Zambia.

I am so overwhelmed by God’s love for me that He would allow me to return to the place that stole my heart last summer and that He is allowing me to do what I love to do. I am confident that He has opened this door again for a reason and I am confident that He will provide the resources for me to return. Furthermore, in order to go back to Zambia, I need all of your support whether that be encouragement, prayers, or financial support. The amount I need to raise to go is $4,500 to cover the cost of living for two months and to pay for airfare. My goal is for half of this amount to be raised by the end of March so that I can buy my plane ticket. This is a daunting task, but I am putting my faith in the One who called me to provide. With this said, I humbly ask that if you are able to financially support me and the Lord is calling you to do so, please do. If you are able to financially support me the details on how to do so are listed at the end of this letter. If not, I am already so thankful for your prayers and encouragement! Again I want to invite you all to write me back or email me if you have any questions about Lifesong for Orphans or about my trip as I would be happy to tell you more about this wonderful ministry and the work that they are doing. I thank you all in advance from the bottom of my heart for your support and your prayers!

With all of my love,

Hannah Godfrey

To Donate:

1) You can donate online on my mySTORY account right where you found this letter!

2) Or you can mail a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” to the address: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744 with “Hannah Godfrey #98026” written on the memo line to ensure it is credited to my account.

***Note: When you donate using a check, please email me so that I can tell Lifesong that it is on its way. My email is: hgodfrey@samford.edu

***When you donate online: Your donation is processed by STRIPE, which charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the need.

•           In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.

•           Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.

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Grasping together how wide and long and high and deep is the Love of Christ

April 4, 2019

 

        My first week in Zambia was difficult. I was fighting jet lag from the 7-hour time difference, thrown into a new culture, and far away from my home and the people that know me best. I remember hitting a wall that first week and being frustrated by how hard it was to make friends and to be in a completely different culture than my own. My frustration forced me to count on the Lord in a way that would not have been possible had I been somewhere I was comfortable. I started to pray to God that He would change my heart and that He would help me to establish relationships with the girls that lived in boarding. Every time I called on Him, He answered without fail. I will never forget the first breakthrough that He orchestrated. We were playing sports one day with the secondary school students our first week at the school when I hit a wall and had to step away for a moment. I was crying out to God to help me as I walked away from the sports field. Almost immediately as I was walking I came across one of the grade nine girls who I had talked to several times before and we returned to the sports field together. There I sat with her and two other girls, and we ended up talking about what God had been teaching us and then about our testimonies of accepting Christ. I realized after this moment that I only needed to trust in the Lord and He would lead me to the people He wanted me to build relationships with. I ended up becoming close friends with the girl I ran into that day and through her becoming friends with another girl who became like a best friend to me. Upon leaving Zambia I had countless friendships which I treasured and all of which would never have been possible had God not orchestrated them! The friends that I made in Zambia have led me to a greater understanding of God’s love for us and when I reflect on this I am reminded of a prayer Paul prayed for the Ephesians which says, 

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  (Ephesians 3:14-19 NIV)

        This is a passage which has been etched on my heart for a long time, but which takes on new meaning when I reflect on my friendships from the past summer when I interned at Lifesong School for Orphans. It is together as the body of Christ  no matter how different our backgrounds, our experiences, our appearances, or even our native tongues  that we are able to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. I spent the summer living alongside my sisters in Christ that from the world’s perspective I had nothing in common with. It was Christ’s love that brought us together and the fact that we were all created as image bearers of Him to know and love Him. I know more about Christ’s love because of the way that my friends in Zambia carried themselves and treated me and others. I can only hope that through my feeble attempts, Christ’s love shined through me as well. 

        I am thrilled that the Lord is allowing me to return again this summer as an intern because not only do I get to grasp the width and length and height and depth of Christ’s love by continuing my relationships with the friends I have already made, but I get to build new relationships! I also will be able to build relationships with the girls in grades 5-7 by being involved with the Girl Child program which is a weekly time of Bible study for girls who are not in boarding yet. Many of these girls have not accepted Christ yet and are in an especially vulnerable time in their lives. Building relationships with these girls as well as the girls in boarding allows me to be able to come alongside the staff at the school to encourage the girls to be devoted to their studies and to be the women that God calls them to be.

        I am getting closer to both my goal and to leaving for Zambia! Please prayerfully consider donating so that I can continue to pursue the Lord’s calling on my life! Furthermore, please be in prayer for me to be so rooted in Christ that His presence and His love are embedded in my words, actions, and friendships. Also, pray that the Lord would guide me as I build new friendships and as I honor the ones I already have. Lastly, pray that I would be able to discern the needs of my friends and for me to be a dependable and unconditional friend to them. As always, please email me if you have any further questions about my internship or about Lifesong for Orphans in Zambia. I would love to answer them! 

To donate: 

1)You can donate online on mySTORY right where you found this update!

2)Or you can mail a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans” to the address: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744 with “Hannah Godfrey #98026” written on the memo line to ensure it is credited to my account.

***Note: When you donate using a check, please email me so that I can tell Lifesong that it is on its way. My email is: hgodfrey@samford.edu

When you donate online: Your donation is processed by STRIPE, which charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the need.

• In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.

• Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.

 

 

 

 

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