No Worries

by Michael Villamor (34th Batch)
“Don’t worry.” This phrase is being repeated many times in the Bible, telling us how much God loves us. This phrase didn’t really mean so much to me until one of my students showed its real meaning.
Her name was Esther. She had a brother named John. Like their classmates, they were both noisy in my class, which annoyed me sometimes. After a few months, I noticed that both had stopped attending my class. So I asked their classmates as to where the two could have gone and why they weren’t in my class anymore. Nobody from the class knew and so they all just said, “We don’t know teacher.”
One day, my pastor told me something about Esther. He said that the little girl was sick and the doctors’ findings said that she had a tumor in her brain, which was the reason why the siblings couldn’t attend my class anymore.
I worried so much for Esther because she was too young (6 years old) to suffer that kind of illness. Then one day, I saw Esther in a baby stroller with her mom pushing it carefully. I greeted her mother and checked Esther in the stroller. Her head had grown bigger than normal because of the tumor in her brain. When I looked at her in the eyes and gently touched her face, she smiled at me. I almost cried and felt very sad watching her in that condition. Suddenly, she reached for my hand and hugged me as if she was telling me not to worry because everything is going to be alright.
Months had passed after that meeting and she died.
How many times would God remind us about the great things He can do for us? How many times would He remind us not to worry because everything is under His control? Philippians 4: 6-7 says,

“Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need.”

 We need not to worry, my fellow missionaries. If we have Him, we’ve got everything.

The Role of a Friend

by Merrybelle Busaing (28th Batch)

 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (NIV)

When you hear the word friend, you may think of someone who is loyal, true, loving, understanding, etc. Otherwise, you may think of betrayal, rejection, deceit and other heartbreaking identification of a person.

The Bible has a lot to say about a friend. The book of Proverbs says that a friend is always loyal and a real friend sticks closer than a brother. In the book of Samuel, we can read the friendship of David and Jonathan. This is so wonderful due to the fact that the two were very different from each other. Jonathan was the son of Saul and a prince, an apparent heir of the Kingdom. On the other hand, David was a shepherd. Jonathan put his life in danger for his friend’s sake, warning him against the king (his own father), who wanted to take David’s life. The book of Lamentations states the song composed by David when Jonathan died. That song is called, “The Song of the Bow.”

But the greatest friendship ever known is the friendship that was displayed in the “Place of Skull” when our Saviour Jesus Christ was hanged on the cross for everyone. The book of John talks about this great love that made Him lay down His life for His friends.

Let’s consider our role for Him. What can we do for our Great Friend?

Source of My Joy

by James Isaac B. Torres

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Matthew 9:36

Working as a support staff in the Division office and as an assistant pastor has been so fun for me. But I didn’t know that doing it for more than 10 months or more would drain and suck the life out of me. Once, while I was preparing the church for the service, I reached a point where I just stopped and told myself, “Okay, this must be it!” I thought this is the point of no return, to just stop doing this and go home. I felt so tired of doing almost the same thing over and over again. So I decided that I would go home at the end of the year or before it ends.

But God was so gracious to open my eyes. While welcoming the church attendees as they come in, it struck me why I have been doing this service. God desires someone that would assist them to approach Him. I felt an overwhelming joy in my heart when I saw how happy the people were as they worshiped God in church. It became the source of my joy and strength. I praise God that He opened my eyes to see the worth of what I do in this ministry.

One in Christ

The East Central Korean Conference held their conference retreat in October 8-9, 2011 at Hoengseong Church. During their dawn activity, they composed a poem.  The missionaries were given a theme and each verses were written by different individuals and they’ve put them all together.

One in Christ

To be united we should be one

As the body of Christ we are defined.

The work of the Lord, in unity is done.

 

Being united is being one

So working as one is important

With strong faith, face the world

For all things work together for good.

 

Despite of the cold,

Though we might get a cold,

But still we are walking to be in His fold.

 

In unity we become mighty

Worshipping the Lord in all His glory

Praising Him for He is worthy

Under His wings we have safety.

 

Let us be united

Being only Christ-minded

And do the work whole heartedly

For in Him we are called

To spread the gospel in the world.

 

Having the Right Attitude

by Melanie Manabe (27th Batch)

 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. James 1:2 NKJV

 How do we react to disappointments? How do we react if we don’t get our own way? Do we easily get angry or we just look on the positive side? If there is anyone who understands hardship perfectly, it is Paul. Yet he maintained the right attitude.

Teaching is my profession, but I felt I’m not for it. As I looked at myself, I concluded that I don’t have that character that everyone possesses. But those things changed when I was assigned here in Taenung. As I compared my work schedule with the other missionaries’, my heart said, “It isn’t fair.” Why do we have lots of classes? Why do we need to do this and that and others don’t have to? “I’m tired of doing these things,” came a thought to my mind one day. But I learned a lesson that when we choose to respond in a positive way, we can do the task better and we will enjoy doing it as if it is a part of our mission here in Korea. We are here to serve and not to be served.

No matter how hard our work is, stop questioning and grumbling. And let’s stop feeling sorry for ourselves. It is hard but we need to try. Taking on a wrong attitude would cause us to become bitter. It can either get us down or not, depending on how we handle it. Let us always remember that God won’t let us down. All we need to do is seek God and allow His love into the situation.