Safe in His Arms

by Jenelyn Balagot (35th Batch)

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1

It never occurred to me that there would be pick-pockets, thieves, robbers and even burglars here in Gangwon-do. This is due to the fact that ever since I came, I had been enjoying a life of a well-observed peace and order. I also noticed that Koreans have the same behavior. They feel so secure to the point of simply leaving their stuff unattended. With this kind of atmosphere, I felt more and more secure. Yet even though I live in this kind of environment, I never ceased asking the Lord to keep me safe at all times since we’re still living in this sinful world.

Occupying a room all by myself on the third floor of my church’s building, I never fail to pray before going to my night’s rest. Though I’m alone, I had no worries. I sleep soundly every night. I have the feeling that God is always there, keeping me safe. And every morning, I would always unlock the door of the second floor as part of my routine duties.

But last June 14, when I went down to unlock the said door, something strange caught my attention. There were pieces of broken glass on the floor and the door was already wide open! I assumed that some church members might have come in and were renovating a part of the church but nobody was there. It was still early in the morning, too early for them to come and work. I then checked the possessions of my church and everything was in place. I went back upstairs to check the office. As soon as I entered the office, my heart beat faster and faster (tachycardia). It even grew worse when I discovered that the computer set was gone! Before I called my pastor to inform her of the incident, I sent a thanksgiving prayer to God for keeping me safe that night. I felt so blessed since the office and my bedroom are both on the third floor!

Indeed, if we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, the Lord will guard and rescue us in times of trouble. We just only have to put our trust in Him and surely we will always be safe in His arms.

Busy Working While Waiting

by Jennifer Dupit (36th Batch)

Time passes quickly. It was just two or three months ago when I was dreaming about homecoming celebration. I was so excited to meet my co-missionaries and share with them my experiences on how God worked in us while doing His ministry in our mission field.

However, things didn’t go exactly as I imagined. Though I hesitated to leave my Korean partner alone and spend another year away from my family, I responded to the call and accepted the challenge to go to a foreign land as a missionary. Abraham’s obedience encouraged me to entrust everything to God. When he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, OBEYED, and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (Hebrews 11:8)

The first time I stepped on this foreign land wasn’t a happy day for me. I had sleepless nights during my first and second weeks here in Korea. I spent the nights crying and thinking about going home. So I asked God to help me overcome my loneliness, and He did. God assured me that my family and dear friends are in good hands and there is nothing for me to worry about. It made me realize how less my faith in God is and how much time I’ve wasted worrying about things.

From that day on, I started to make myself busy doing my part as a teacher and focusing on my goal as a soul winner. I’m always asking God to create in me a grateful and cheerful heart each day. Many of my students are atheists, and most of them think that the Bible is just like a novel written by an ordinary author and that prayer is just like a song or words to memorize. They don’t even care whom they are talking to–they just pray in their most convenient way. I really want to teach them about Jesus. But how?

Since I am a registered teacher, the principal told me to focus on English subjects and not on the Bible anymore. At first, I thought that it would be impossible for me to share God’s word to children since I am now concentrating on English subjects just like the other foreign teachers. But then, I just decided to do my best that somehow I can send them a message of God’s love. So I started to post some Biblical quotes, memory verses and short encouraging messages about God’s love in my classroom. Maybe in that simple way I can share God’s love to my students.

” I would always remind my students that God is good all the time at the start and end of our classes.”

I would always remind my students that God is good all the time at the start and end of our classes. And they have to smile because JESUS loves them so much. I know many of my students are still longing and craving for love and affection, so I just ask God to use me to be a channel of blessing especially to their emotional and spiritual needs. I may not have been given the chance to tell them stories in the Bible but I can be a living word to them by doing little acts of kindness, understanding, and loving my students unconditionally. With constant prayer, I believe that God can make a great change in my students’ lives and in my life as well.

But as missionary teachers here in Korea, the students are not our only interests but also the people around us. They also need to know about God. In our case, we are trying to reach out to our foreign co-teachers. Some of them are atheists, so giving them bookmarks are one of our ways to share God’s love. Also, together with other Christian teachers, we go to their apartment and do a group Bible study once a week. With God’s working power, I do believe that nothing is impossible.

 Let’s keep on doing our best for the tasks that God has entrusted to us. Live as though every day were your last. Enjoy and love the missionary work while waiting for Jesus’ second coming. Waiting for God’s advent is extremely exciting when we keep ourselves busy and active in His work. Jesus admonishes us: “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13).

 God bless everyone!!!

Why Me, Lord?

by Florecelle Bachinella (35th Batch)

I didn’t expect that I will be sent here in Korea. When I started my missionary journey, I really said to myself that I will never ever go to this country. I would always tell God, “Don’t send me there Lord, please!” But God didn’t answer my prayers. He did send me here. And with this situation, Jonah’s life came to my mind. He didn’t want to go to Nineveh, but God sent him there through a big fish. When the campus called me, I cried. I asked God, “Why me, Lord? I will miss my family, my friends, my cats, everything. Just let me stay here in Laguna.” Being with them is all I wanted. But I remembered a passage in the Bible that encouraged me to go! Matthew 19: 29 says,`

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit everlasting life.”

What a very wonderful message!

In my missionary life here, there are times when I feel discouraged, especially in teaching the children. I don’t understand them. And they don’t understand me, too. How would I communicate with them? There are lots of problems that are stressing me out. Also, I found out that some people would let you do things that you don’t even know, and they would let you do those things though your mind is already very tired. I guess most of us have experienced that, right? We may think that “Oh, in our place we don’t do this. We don’t like doing that.”

But we should never be discouraged. Remember, we are doing this in God’s name. Why us? Because we are His chosen people, special in His sight. And we must be glad for that. God will surely bless us more than we ever wanted. Maybe not now but later in our lives we would receive bountiful blessings, intended just for us. Let us always put this in our mind: being a missionary is the most wonderful thing you’ve ever done for the Lord. And surely, God is happy for you.

MWKC Tracts Distribution

July 2-3, 2011, Middle West Korean Conference missionaries held their tracts distributions and feeding program at Hanbat University, in Daejon City, South Korea. Seven out 11 missionaries assigned in MWKC joined the said program. With the help of the MWKC Youth Director, Pastor Hoyoung Choi, Neoun Church and Church Pastor, Joo Yo Han together with Lovely Hepowit and her colleague Beta Zenia Poliquit we had distributed 100 tracts to the students at Hanbat University.

After giving tracts we invited some non-Adventist students in Hanbat University, 2 men from Ghana and 1 woman from Vietnam to join our activities. We started the activity with worship and welcoming them by introducing ourselves followed by social activities involving our visitors and pastors. We also had fund-raising by including it in our fun activities which made our visitors enjoyed it. It was great pleasure for us seeing these 3 people listening well, being touched by the testimonies of some missionaries an enjoying the activities that we had. And we, missionaries were also been very blessed and had fun being with them too.

Indeed God is so good all the time. No matter how difficult the situation is for us he never let us down and He never let the enemy hinder us to share His love and words to others especially to those people who are hunger for the truth. And we should be thankful for that! Let us continue share the good news of salvation to people wherever we are and whatever we do. God speed!

Is God Enough for You?

by Japhet Donaire (35th Batch)

 “The Children of Israel wept again and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? The cucumber, melon, leeks, onions and the garlic. There is nothing at all besides this manna, before our eyes.” Numbers 11:4-6

Have you ever been in a situation like the Israelites’? Have you had the same feeling and murmuring that they had while abiding in God’s providence? Have you ever tried slapping the hand of God by saying, “What You’ve given me isn’t enough, God. Nice try. You promise to be all I need, but You’re just not meeting my expectations.”

During my first three weeks here in Korea, everything was so strange to me, especially the food. One cool Sunday morning, the church members and teachers, together with our Pastor, had an outdoor activity. We had a little store that sold goodies of different kinds as a fund raiser for our children center where I was assigned. As a first timer, I do not exactly know what to do but it went quite well.

I was very anxious for time to go faster because I was very hungry. I was already imagining what food I would have for lunch. Our pastor and the others ate their lunch first since the booths should not be left unattended. My stomach was really growling for food at that time and I couldn’t wait any longer for the first batch to return from their meal.

Luckily, there was a kind old lady who gave us food. Wow! It was cold noodles! On a cold day, someone cared to give us cold noodles? I was talking to myself, feeling very unfortunate to be in that situation. I tasted the noodles but it was so strange and I didn’t really like the taste. It seemed as if it was not food. I was thinking that I could eat more later when the others would get back. But to my surprise, one of my colleagues told me that we didn’t need to go somewhere else because the cold noodles was our lunch already. And worst of all, they asked me to go with the old woman and help carry her things as a sign of gratitude. I obeyed but deep in my heart I was upset, hungry and disappointed. I was complaining that if this woman had not brought her strange food, we could have gone to a decent restaurant and I could have eaten to my heart’s desire.

Upon arriving at her house, I noticed that she is very different from other Korean nationals who lived in fully furnished apartments. In short, she’s a poor woman living in a very small house together with his son. All of the sudden, all my murmurings and whinings stopped. This old lady managed to share what she hardly have just to show us her care and generosity. What a very eloquent sign of a Christian way of living!

Thank you was not enough to let her know how lucky we were to have been served by and shared with her food. The shame that I felt was like a knife cutting through my heart. Then I realized that even those who lack of so many things do not hesitate to give what they have. Who am I to complain of what I had? God used this old woman to remind me of the things that I almost forgot.

It may happen to you, my friend–maybe in a different way and situation, but always remember that instead of whining we should be grateful for those simple things that we receive each day. Dont slap the hand of God’s sufficiency. Contentment is the key!

Servant

by Margie Mae U. Pomoy (36th Batch)

 “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does.” Ephesians 6:7, 8

Upon coming to Korea, I didn’t know what else would I be doing aside from being a missionary English teacher. My partner just brought me to the school we are assigned and oriented me of what I need to do each morning when I arrive and every evening before I leave. I found out that aside from teaching, I had to wipe shelves and students’ desks, vacuum and mop the floor, wash dishes and watch over the kids from the moment they enter the school premises.

It is really hard work and one may think it isn’t missionary work. So I’m really impressed with those missionaries who had extended their terms here in Korea. What keeps them going? It is even hard to baptize a single soul here or to preach. Then I asked myself, too. What keeps me going as a teacher or missionary?

By reading the Bible and Steps to Christ each day, I’ve found answers to everything that I’ve been doing here. It is God who works in us according to His purpose. And so, we must do everything without complaining (Phil. 2:13, 14) but with a loving spirit let us perform life’s humblest duties or lowliest positions (SC pp. 82, 83) as working for the Lord (Col. 3:23), not just for our students or co-teachers or pastors.

So whether I mop the floor or wash dishes or run errands, I do it with a joyful heart because I’m working for the Lord who wills in me. Let us then engage in helping those who need our help to the extent of our abilities (SC p. 80)–teaching English, looking over our students, cleaning classrooms, etc.

Whatever we do, let’s do it wholeheartedly. Let us not wait for great occasions or expect extraordinary abilities or jobs relating to missionary work before we give our best to the Lord (SC p. 83), for God rewards His faithful servant. Trust me, He just did!

A Renewed Heart

by Maribern Sillar (35th Batch)

“Anything for the Lord…”

I used to say these words before, not thinking how heavy they actually mean. I’ve been here for more than two months but everyday is like Day 1 for me. I cannot understand everything; I always wake up with a heavy burden in my heart; and, I always pray to God to please not harden my heart toward the kids (and not just them but also toward my workmates).

Sometimes I feel it is useless to pray because it isn’t working. But I ignore that feeling because I know that while I am working for the Lord Satan is also working to destroy my efforts for Him. So despite that feeling, I just continued praying. A great realization dawned on me when one day I read this message from the devotional Our High Calling:

TO HAVE A NEW HEART IS TO HAVE A NEW MIND, NEW PURPOSES, NEW MOTIVES and WHAT IS THE SIGN OF A NEW HEART? A CHANGED LIFE.

These words made me realize I need a new heart to love and accept these people.

I still cannot understand their behavior until now and everyday is still like the first time for me, but I let God carry my burdens. Doing that makes my work lighter. Now I’m starting to love and accept them even though their attitude would never change, as what the author of the book If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them suggests.

May we never forget to fasten ourselves in Christ in every situation we are in. God bless us all!