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