by Arcelie Baer
Whatever your hand find to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowlwdge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. Ecclesiastes 9:10
Missionary work here in Korea is quite different from the work in the Philippines. We might sometimes think that our mission of spreading God’s love here is impossible. There are a lot of people who are sensitive and reluctant when you talk about God.
In my adult class, I always have a Bible verse at the beginning of each class. I carefully choose verses that are easy and I relate them with real life situations. I ask them first what they understand about the text and then we discuss it together.
One time, we talked about discipline and leadership. One of my students in the group who is a teacher asked me if it is ok to discipline children. I told him, “Of course, especially that you are a teacher.” Then he said, “Oh! I forgot that I’m a teacher. Whenever I’m here, I feel like I’m a student and you are the teacher. Thanks for always reminding me to live right and think positively about life.”
Then I realized that although my explanations and insights are simple and direct, I was able to reach his heart. God guided my tongue on what to say. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke and exhort, by unfailing in patience and in teaching.”
Let’s not get tired in telling the people, especially our students, about the good news. They may seem passive and unattentive but we can never tell–they might have kept our words in their hearts.