Testimonies from Coreluv’s 2022 South Asia Internship
At Coreluv, we LUV investing in the next generation of missionaries. One way we do that is through our cross-cultural summer internships, where we host groups of young people as they pray about their call to missions. Here are a few testimonies from our summer interns in South Asia.
2022 South Asia Internship Leader and Coreluv Staff
For me, the most beautiful part of learning about other cultures has been discovering how they think and see life. Asking questions and observing everyday life gives me compassion and understanding about why they do what they do. In South Asia, idolatry is everywhere. They have hundreds of temples, with one seemingly on every corner.
I wanted to understand why. Why does South Asia make gods out of everything? One day, one of our staff answered that question for me without realizing it. He said, “They are looking for God in everything. They know there is power and beauty in creation and life, but they haven’t encountered God to know it’s from Him. So they make gods out of everything.”
His statement saddened me — and encouraged me. I left South Asia with a greater appreciation for Coreluv’s work there and a desire to return to help those who don’t know God encounter Him for themselves. I know God’s heart aches for His people to know Him. I felt it while I was there. And I know He’s already pursuing them. South Asia will know Jesus!
2022 South Asia Intern
Being in South Asia was a life-changing experience! God moved so clearly during the trip; taking pictures there helped me capture everything I was experiencing. Through that experience, I saw Jesus in every smile, every child’s dance, and each adult villager who asked for pictures of themselves.
Public speaking is not my thing, but God drew me out of my comfort zone. Between speaking at a staff meeting and a village church, God made me realize that even though I’m not a huge fan of it, I’m somewhat good at it!
Towards the end of the trip, Krys, our intern leader, explained that God had called her to do things she felt weak in. She said God sometimes calls us to things we’re weak in because He will equip and qualify us. And ultimately, He is responsible for the outcome. Her words upset me. I don’t like doing things I feel weak in! I may not like it, but I feel God calling me to start speaking as part of my ministry. I have no clue what that will look like in the long run, but I know He will do great things with it.
I had the honor of doing this internship with Carson, and by the end of the trip, we had developed a wonderful friendship. After talking to her and sharing a room for almost a month, we had amazing conversations and laughed till we couldn’t breathe. Seeing her play and dance with the kids was beautiful to watch as I saw Jesus shine through her. Seeing her heart for the kids fanned my flame!
2022 South Asia Intern
Before my internship, I asked the Lord to let me fall in love with Him all over again. Not only did he exceed my expectations, but He renewed my love and passion for His children at the same time. While in South Asia, our team visited several feeding centers, and at each one, I saw the LUV of Jesus and healing hands at work.
There was one feeding center I vividly remember visiting. That night, God sparked a flame in me for the younger generation. A lady from the village asked if we would pray against spiritual warfare in her dreams and for physical healing. Two teenage girls from that village I had befriended were standing beside us. Before we prayed, I felt prompted in my spirit to ask the girls if they knew Jesus personally, and when they said yes, I reminded them of the authority and power they had as daughters of THE KING — and that they could pray and command healing in His name. As we started praying for this woman, I could hear the bold voices of the girls beside me praying with power! A flame had been lit within them by the Holy Spirit.
As part of the Coreluv team, I realized that we weren’t just there to love and feed God’s children but to equip them. Christian leaders are rising in South Asia, and I am so honored that through this internship, I was able to be a small part of it.