Beimers Reflects on Summer in Zambia
- Posted Friday, November 19, 2021
“Everywhere we go we encounter God at work.”
This phrase is highlighted on the website of Poetice, a Christian missions organization based in Choma, Zambia. Dordt volleyball senior Corina Beimers had an opportunity to encounter God’s work in her life and in the people of Zambia this summer, serving with Poetice in their Intensive Training Program.
The current mission of Poetice is to impact the city of Choma to then serve the rest of the country. Beimers spent two months abroad, helping the organization at its base and in nearby communities Kabanana and Mwapona. Her daily routine during the program consisted of fellowship with other program members, worship services, teaching local students, and community outreach.
According to Poetice’s website, Choma is a city of more than 60,000 people and is the provincial capital city in Zambia’s southern province. Zambia borders eight countries, making it a prime location for greater outreach in Africa.
Prior to the experience, however, it was not a certainty that Corina would be traveling to Zambia for the summer.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do this summer. I thought the right answer was to go and get an internship in exercise science or my major that would set myself up for the future. I had done a fair bit of mission work throughout high school, but since going to university I haven’t been able to do a lot of that.”
Ultimately, she reached out to Dordt Campus Pastor Sam Ashmore for a list of organizations that Dordt has worked with, and Poetice caught her attention.
“No one from Dordt has ever been to Poetice, so it’s really cool that it ended up on the list,” said Beimers. “I spent about five to ten minutes on a FaceTime call with their CEO, and I got off the call and thought, ‘I’m going to do this.’”
From that point on, it was a quick transition between committing to the program to leaving the United States. She left on May 20 after making a final decision in the first week of April. Given the fact that she only had a few weeks to prepare, Beimers credits the entire process to God. It involved what she described as “stepping out in faith” and entering through the doors that God had opened for her.
The Intensive Training Program not only allowed Corina to serve God’s people in an unfamiliar part of the world, but it also helped her form relationships with peers from across the globe. Of the students on the base, six countries were represented – the United States, Canada, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. Members engaged in meals together, worshiped alongside each other, and lived in community for two months. Beimers grew close to the other students over the summer, saying, “It was overwhelming at first, being in a new country and living with people you don’t know. To think about how we interacted on the first day to the last day, it felt like we were living together for so long.”
This experience gave Beimers the space to reflect on her experiences at Dordt, including those as a member of the Dordt volleyball program. At Dordt, student-athletes are equipped with tools to lead a life of service to God. Athletics serve as a building block toward the Christian’s purpose of glorifying God in everything we do. Corina credited her time at Poetice as a key to viewing athletics in a way that fulfills the Christian mission.
“I had to go through a lot of processing about who I am, my story, and my faith and what it means for how I live my life. A big part of that is sports, and I view sports differently this year… I’m able to lead and encourage better. It has been freeing and I’m very happy for that,” Beimers commented.
Whether in Choma, Zambia or in Sioux Center, Iowa, we can encounter God at work. Sometimes it takes a step of faith to fully realize God’s presence in all areas of life but answering the call to serve is the first part of the process.
To learn more about Poetice, their mission opportunities and the country of Zambia, visit their website.