What Would Jesus Do?

by Joyful Lazo (33rd Batch)

It was 12 o’clock noon. I was exhausted from my morning classes, hungry, stressed from personal problems, and more. I wanted to talk to God before having lunch, so I decided to go upstairs (church) and have a solemn time with God. While I was on my way to church, two students called me.

“Teacher! Teacher!”

“Yes?” I said.

“Uhmm, kunyang. Teacher, katchi?”

My mood at that time was far from pleasant and cheerful. I was obviously capable of snapping at anyone who would make me feel more irritable. If you were in my case, what would you do? How would you feel?

You may be irritated and try to say something like: “Students, teacher needs to do something today. I’ll be with you next time. Okay?”

But when we try to look at the Bible, Jesus’ response was different.

Matthew 14:13-14 says, “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

If we look back at this story, we would see the same situation that Jesus had. His predicament must be more terrible because He just learned that John the Baptist had died. But He never thought of Himself first. He attended to the people’s needs first rather than His.

Do we want to be like Jesus?
Let’s put others FIRST.

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Who Are You in Their Eyes?

 

by Bethel Jane Ranarez (26th Batch)

“The Lord is God and He has made His light shine upon us.” Psalm 118:27

It was just an ordinary afternoon, my kids are running around after each other. This is their routine before the class starts. This time I have this very particular student that is both a pain in my neck and an apple of my eye. A pain because he is very naughty and an apple of my eye because he diligently comes in our S.E.E. Program (Sabbath English Experience) this is a typical VBS program which our kids sing Children Bible songs and listen to Bible stories and attend to their assigned booths like violin, music and cooking and craft (which my partner and I handle). He always looks forward to our S.E.E. because of the booth activities.

This student’s name is Mike. Even in our church outing he really loves to go with us but he would always murmur, “I’m bored.” “When are we going to finish?” “I want to go home.”

During this time I would always take the chance to divert his attention. I tried to talk to him in Korean. In one particular conversation we had, he asked me, “Teacher, you’re a Filipino. Why are you here?”

I told him, “I’M A MISSIONARY. I came for you to tell Bible stories to children like you. To tell about Jesus’ love for you. So you should always come every Sabbath because that is my biggest work–to tell THE BIBLE STORIES. Sabbath is the most special day to me and Jesus.”

Then one particular afternoon he was really naughty. I already gave him a warning stare but he still continued and his disrespect annoyed me a lot. So I hit the table with my stick and shouted “BE QUIET!”

So everybody stood still and slowly took their seats. I scolded the master mind ‘Mike’. “Why are you so disrespectful today? I don’t want to shout and scold you but are you good today?”

“No,” he answered.

“Mike, who am I? Who am I? Who am I?”

Then he answered, “OUR MISSIONARY TEACHER…”

After He said that phrase all his classmates said this in chorus: “Yes, Teacher is our missionary teacher!”

I was so ashamed of myself. The missionary teacher shouted at them in annoyance of their disrespect.

Even how bad and disrespectful I have become in my life, God had never disciplined me by shouting or terrorizing despite the fact that He has power to do whatever He decides to do with me.

It is the work of Satan to portray that image in us. It is also the enemy that is pushing us to be carried away by some issues of ‘ourselves.’ The enemy is making us value ourselves more and would like us to think we have DEGRADED ourselves if children are doing all these forms of self-respect.

But as I have looked at it, IF JESUS WAS SO INSECURE OF HIS SELF IMAGE as a human, He wouldn’t be able to handle those humiliations with honor. What made Him be so humble was HIS security, founded in His being a son of the KING. No matter what they will do to Him, He remains to be that God who created everything.

As missionaries, let us examine ourselves closely…Are we really being the MISSIONARY TEACHERS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE? or is the enemy taking advantage of the LOVE we have for OURSELVES? It just feels so good to control our kids, to discipline them. But behind that are we trying to correct them or do we just want to establish our self-worth?

After all, it’s not the issue of how you have managed your classes or how you have disciplined them. What matters is, “WHAT IS THE PICTURE OF YOU IN THEIR MINDS?”

Now, Missionary Teacher, what kind of picture are you trying to leave behind?

For Where Two Or Three

by Joyful Lazo (33rd Batch)

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

After writing this verse on the board, I asked my 23-year-old university student, “What can you say about this?”

Looking intently at the words on the board and looking at her Bible again, she said, “Teacher, I can understand the words but I can’t understand the whole sentence. Would you please explain it?”

Using simple words, I started explaining it to her. While I was still explaining, she suddenly said, “Oh Teacher! We are just two here in the classroom, and we are talking about God! So, God is here!”

I gently nodded and said, “Yes Jessica, God is here with us now.”

“Jessica, ddokbaro! (Jessica, straighten up!) God is here.” she told herself loudly.

Upon hearing those words from her, I came to think of myself. “God is also looking at me and knows all the things I do. Are my actions pleasing to God’s sight? Do I make him smile? Do I do my very best for Him?”

These questions are applicable for me and you.
Do we make God smile in the way we think, act and do?
In all our ways, let us be true
For God is watching me and you. 🙂

To Be Like You

by LP Amor Racoma (33rd Batch)

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
  slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
  nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
  or repay us according to our iniquities.
Psalm 103:8-10 (NIV)

What were our real intentions in joining this missionary movement? I have heard some say that they were fulfilling their promise to do so after God helped them get a license in their respective professions. But probably the most mentioned is that they want to go to the four corners of the world to tell and hasten God’s coming.

But I want to share the very reason why I joined as a missionary. In spite of the sad and bad experiences as well as great stories that I’ve heard, what really drove me is the thought that God has something for me. Yet I have to learn a lot first to be ready to play such role. I asked Him earnestly to make up my mind without any second thoughts of quitting from His service to learn a lot of and from Him.

For almost two years now, I’ve learned a lot and realized a lot. Just recently, teaching kids here for more than six months is indeed stressful yet challenging.

Stressful in the sense that I am so eager to help them learn English and prepare a lot for them, yet they are so passive and even behave terribly that I feel like going to their houses and asking their parents to stop sending their children to English class. That way, they could save their money and not waste my time. However, there are also many kids that are interested to learn.

Having these thoughts made me realize that I’m just like those kids that give me constant headache. I behave like them. Oftentimes, I’m passive in doing the task which our Father gave me, and in so doing I’m giving our Him headaches.

Yet I know that He doesn’t give up on me but He continues to teach me well until I could fully grasp the things that I need to learn. He wasn’t tired nor annoyed in listening to my pleas.

This realization made me survive. And every time they show such behavior, instead of having a bad day, I just smile and say, “Lord, please help me to be like You.”

(Amor wrote this article in the middle of her first term last year while she was serving her first mission field somewhere in Jeju-do province.)

Smile Through the Tears

by Felia Bante (32nd Batch)

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

There came a time in my life
That I was crushed deeply and was so hurt
I sorrowfully cried and shut my eyes
And all I wanted was just to watch myself die.

Hope was gone and tears closed my vision
To see another door that God has opened
Painfully I continued to doubt and fear
But God’s divine love gave me courage to dry my tears.

As I slowly opened my eyes to look up
I beheld God’s glory and felt ashamed of myself
How faithless I was and how selfish
To give Him just even little confidence!

Then to God I offered the life that I used so unwisely
I submitted myself to whatever plans He had for me
And let Him mold me to the person He wants me to be
For He knows best and His grace is sufficient for me.

Now I can sing praises to Him in the midst of sorrows
I can still feel gladness amidst my infirmities
For as long as I’m in the Lord’s side, there’s nothing I should fear
‘Cause it’s He alone who can make me smile through the tears!

Leave It There

by Jeraeyzon Andoy (30th Batch)

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”  Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)

There is a song that I really love and it is a song that has helped me learn to trust in Jesus. The title of the song is “Leave It There.”

These words from the song have helped me so much: “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.” I wonder how many times we have sung this line but never did them.

If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that there are times when we take our burdens to the Lord but as soon as we are through asking Him for help, we pick them up again.

When we pick our burdens up again, that is just like saying, “We don’t trust You, Jesus, to solve the problems and crises in our lives.”

May God have mercy on us and forgive us for not trusting His beloved Son!

Do you take your burdens to Jesus and then pick them up again? If so, you are hurting Him and breaking His heart.

Are you willing to trust Jesus with your burdens? If you are, don’t pick them up again. He is waiting for you to trust Him. There are times when He can’t work in our lives because we try to solve our problems ourselves. Let’s get out of His way and leave our burdens to Him.

May God help all of us to do what the words of this beautiful song is telling us. “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.”

Growing in God’s Glory

by Kaila Jojaida Erot (34th Batch)

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the lord, are changed in the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 3 :18

Ever since, the term “missionary” has been a wonderful thought for me. But after becoming one, I realized that that wonderful thought is not always easy and all about fun.

I love wisdom that’s why I love gaining knowledge. And I also love sharing it. But the fact (that I have accepted long before) that I am not good in imparting it to others or to groups of people brought me the thought of declining the offer for Korea rationalizing, “I am a nurse, not a teacher.” I don’t have skills in teaching and it has never been my field of specialty. But I can’t also afford the thought of refusing my God. He has been faithful to me. And this is the simplest thing that I can do to show my gratitude and love for Him. Anyway, the fact that I have already accepted long before is not the fact that He has accepted–for nothing is impossible with Him. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

When He calls, He equips. But it doesn’t mean that when He calls me, and puts me in a certain place, everything will just go smoothly. No, definitely not. Hardships, problems and trials are always part of life. There would be times that I feel unproductive, ineffective and inefficient. I would sometimes lose my temper with my naughty and inattentive students. But these things are the spices of life that give savor to it. And they are the very things that mold, chisel and refine my character to fit in His service here and soon in heaven. And day by day, as I am learning the Lord’s ways on how to enjoy these spices and deal with these situations, I am also stepping one level higher in the ladder of my faith, growing in His grace from glory to glory.

And when dissatisfaction and doubt creeps in my soul, I always remind myself that I am created in His image, nurtured in His care, and sent to earth (Korea) to learn the noble heritage I bear–I am a daughter of a King.

It is not always easy and fun being a missionary, but it’s always fulfilling at the end of the race. So let us faithfully serve our faithful God, glorifying His name and perfecting our character that we may soon share His glory.