Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3:(KJV).
How would you feel when everybody in the class misbehaves or competes to be the best runner, or shouts as hard as he/she can? Our answers may vary according to our temperaments. We may have mixed feelings: angry, sad, discouraged, bored, tired, etc. which may lead us to think of another strategy on how to stop them.
The hardest part of being a teacher is handling students in different levels. Should I be angry at them, or, should I strictly impose policies for them to follow? Sometimes it’s really hard to maintain our ROLE as English teacher and our IDENTITY as Missionary.
One of my students, a five-year old boy, is the best runner in my class; he never gets tired. One day, when I was about to start the class, I told them to go to their proper places and be ready for the prayer. That boy went to his usual seat and prayed together with his classmates.
It happened that our lesson was about animals. I asked them one by one what animals they liked most. “Tommy, do you like horses?” I asked. He said, “Yes, I do,” and he started running around the classroom. I told him to stop but he didn’t listen to me. So I asked him again. “Are you a horse?” With full enthusiasm he answered, “Yes, teacher! I am a horse!” So everyone in the class laughed at him. Then, he stopped for a while, stepped on the table and jumped on my shoulders. What a naughty kid! He made me a horse.
I prayed hard to God that the next time we’d meet they would become good and obedient. Little by little they changed. Truly, I can’t do anything by my own strategy. I need God’s power and strength the moment I feel weak, tired or whenever negative emotions creep in. Every time I pray to my Invisible Partner, I always say, “Lord, please do something for me that I could survive; that I would be patient enough in dealing with my students.” Every time my students misbehave in class, I just bow my head and silently talk to God: “It’s Your turn, Lord! Please do something for them!” And He never fails to hear me. Here’s a powerful Bible verse known as “telephone” verse found in Jeremiah 33:3: “Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” (KJV).
It’s God’s presence that enables me to handle things. And I truly believe that He’s just a prayer away.
Ah Sovereign Lord, I said,I do not know how to speak…. verse: 7 The Lord said, you must go to everyone I send you and say whatever I command you. verse: 8 Do not be afraid of them,for I am with you. verse: 9 Then the Lord reached out His hand and touched my mouth. Now,I have put my words in your mouth.” Jeremiah 1:6-9 (NIV)
As a simple individual, I know my limitations and capacity. I can’t speak clearly. Sometimes I stutter and sometimes I speak too fast with an intonation that sounds as if I’m angry.
When I knew that I had to teach in a community center, I was afraid. I said to God, “Lord, you know me. I stammer. I have pronunciation problems. Please help me, Lord. I don’t like to put your name to shame, so please dear God, put your words into my mouth as I teach them. Please cover me with your glory, oh God.”
On my first day, I couldn’t understand my feelings. I was with a korean to guide me going to the center but we lost our way so we arrived 10 minutes late. The students were waiting. They were ready for the class. Standing in front of the class, I smiled and said “Hello! How are you today?” They responded enthusiastically. I then introduced myself and I let them introduce themselves as well.
After our class, one student accompanied me to the office. While walking, she told me, “Teacher, you speak clearly and pronounce words well.” “Really? Thank you,” I said. I was amazed by what she said.
I’ve been hearing the same comment as I continue teaching them and I praise GOD for using an ordinary person like me to show His faithfulness.
The LORD covers me while doing the ministry. He hides my weakness. He shows His strength. He puts His words into my mouth. I’m never afraid cause JESUS is with me.
By: Maria Eleofe Melgar Magtahas
Blessed are those who listen to me,watching daily at my doors,waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.Proverbs 8:34-35
Life is full of waiting, isn’t it? All of us have our own reactions when we are asked to wait–reactions that would encourage or discourage others.
One day, I had to go to my students’ house for our class. I hurriedly walked to get to their house because the weather was so hot. When I arrived, the kids were sleeping. At first I was a bit happy because I thought I wouldn’t have class with them. But their mom asked me to go back to my place and be back after 20 minutes. I pretended not to understand what she was saying because I didn’t want to wait. So she called my Samonim (Pastor’s wife). She asked if I could wait for 20 minutes or go home and come back to their house in the evening. When Samonim told me about it, I was devastated. I was thinking how inconsiderate she was. Didn’t she see that despite the hot weather I really came to their house just to have class with her kids? And now, she wanted me to wait? And in the first place, our schedule must be followed. If her kids are sleeping and she doesn’t want to wake them up, she should just cancel our class for that day. I had lots of complaints but of course I didn’t show it. Instead, I told my students’ mother that I would just wait. So I waited for 20 minutes. While waiting I was thinking about my reaction. I was sure God knew what I felt and the complaints I had in my mind.
Then a thought hit me: How would Jesus react if He were asked to wait? Would He think the same as I thought? Would He also complain?
Then I realized how long has God been waiting for His children to come to Him in repentance. Jesus is still in the most holy place waiting for us to be fully changed. If He would complain and if He is too tired to wait, many of us won’t be saved. He willingly waits for His people for them not to perish. He has been so patient in waiting for us to become pure and holy worthy to be in heaven. Proverbs 8:34-35 says “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.” As it turned out, I was so blessed to have waited for my students that time for it helped me build a good relationship with them, and so with their parents. My God is always awesome.
By: Bebeleth Parennas
Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. (v.31) whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:33, 31(KJV)
“Lord, please bless those people who show eagerness in doing thy work. And bless also those who have the heart to help for the furtherance of thy Ministry.” This was my prayer before I took a nap one day. I was so sleepy and I wasn’t feeling very well that time. I lay down on my bed with peace of mind, trying to close my eyes. Few minutes passed, I heard a voice whispering into my ears saying, “get up.” I tried to ignore it because of my sleepiness. But as I kept on ignoring it, there was something in my mind that I couldn’t explain, so I got up and knelt; I prayed again. At that time I told God to give me strength, asking Him to take out the sleepiness I was feeling. Then something came to my mind that gave me physical strength.
I changed my clothes and went to the place where I’d usually do my exercise. A started to walk. There were no people except me. Until I saw some dogs coming towards me. When I turned around, I saw an “Ajuma” (Korean term for a married woman). I greeted and smiled at her. She smiled back. I asked her if she exercised there every day. “Sometimes,” she answered. She told me that she wanted to walk the dogs and the weather was good that day so she was there. She gazed at me which made me feel conscious and uncomfortable. Then she asked, “Are you American?” I smiled and started to introduce myself. When I told her that I came here as a missionary, she started to talk a lot. Then I asked her in korean, “Do you know God?” She answered, “Yes.” And so I tried to share to her what I could by using some of the basic terms that I knew, but I ended up gazing at her mouth trying to catch the words that she was saying. As she kept on talking. I heard the word “Mideum” which means “Belief or faith.” “I believe in Jesus, in fact I have a church,” she said. Right then I felt that my skin became tighter which I couldn’t explain. I found myself in silence, but as she kept on talking, I got the courage to invite her to our Church with which she answered “yes”. “Our God is the same; We believe in Him even if we cannot see Him,” she added.
I felt so happy and blessed that time. We continued to talk and it was so amazing how God enabled me to speak “hangukmal” (Korean language). I patiently answered her questions and shared more of our beliefs. Then she asked me, “If I rent an apartment in the Philippines, how much would be the cost?” As I was explaining, she took 20,000 won from her pocket and put it on my hand. I used it as material for my explanation. When I felt like everything was clear already, I returned the money to her. But she grabbed my arm and put the money back to my hand and took another 10,000 and gave it to me. I tried to refuse but she said that she really wanted to give it to me. Then she put her finger on her lips telling me to be quiet.
What had transpired that day left me in awe and wonder. Then I remembered the one who asked me some help for their crusade and how I prayed to help for the other mission, too. I wanted to cry because of happiness and how God answered my prayers. I raised my head and looked above and whispered a prayer of thankfulness to God.
After that, we separated from each other but she called me again and gave me a pair of training clothes. With heart filled with joy, I gazed up on heaven again telling God to bless her for her kindness and conviction to help. “As we associate together, we may be a blessing to one another. “ The desire of Ages p.83.6
Matthew 6:33 “ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
by: Kaysia T. Monera
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10“You can do something other than working with God in His purpose, but it will always be something lesser, and you couldn’t come up with something better. ”- Steve Hawtorne. I strongly believe that missionary work is the most rewarding work a person can do. It is both a blessing to you and to the people you get acquainted with. The church I am serving manages an “Adong Center,” a children’s welfare center supported by the government. Children come here and we take care of them. We teach Mathematics, English, Arts and other stuff for them to enjoy. Praying and teaching Bible is a big NO except on Saturdays. The manager told me that I should not pray with the kids and talk about the Bible during my class. Hearing those words from him, I didn’t know how to react. I came here for missionary work. But it seemed like I wouldn’t be able to do any missionary work at all. Left with no choice, I followed the rules. Somehow, I was allowed to pray on my own without involving the kids. I felt so sad about my situation. During the days of sadness, I found comfort in the words of a familiar song “Trust His Heart.” This was my way of keeping back the tears. I needed to keep the faith and trust God that He would take care of everything. I knew He would never forsake me. I prayed that God would open my eyes and let me see the ministry He has set before me here in Korea. I prayed that He would create opportunities to reveal Himself. More than two months passed, God revealed His power. Things slowly changed. The manager one day taught the kids about how God created the world. I was surprised about it, but at the same time happy seeing that he shared to the children about God. The kids also started learning how to pray. Though we don’t do it regularly during the weekdays because of the set rules, I am looking forward for that day when we can freely tell the children about Jesus. I believe that day is going to come. Right now, the ministry here is slowly growing. We will keep on praying that it will continue to grow and lead souls to Christ.
By: Maylanie Paalisbo
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:27,28
I was going to my friend’s place one Thursday evening for a very important transaction. Before I left the house, a part of my mind was telling me to bring enough coins for the bus fare. But I just ignored it for I was confident that my bus pass had still enough money in it. While waiting for the bus, the small voice kept on telling me to go to the nearby store and have my card recharged. But again, I just ignored it because anyway, I had a 10,000 won bill.
The bus came, I got on and tapped in my card. While walking toward a vacant seat, I heard a shout from behind, then I got these strange stares from the passengers. I just ignored them and kept on walking. The driver kept on shouting which made me feel like he was calling me. When I looked back, I saw him looking at me, saying something I couldn’t understand. “I must have done something wrong,” I thought. “My bus pass, perhaps.” So I went back and tapped in my card again. I couldn’t understand exactly what the machine was saying but I suspected that my bus pass already needed a recharge. The driver asked 1000 won, but I only had 10,000 won bill. I tried to insert it to the machine but it wouldn’t accept it. The driver was already annoyed or even angry; all I wanted to do at that very moment was to disappear. Fortunately, a middle-aged woman handed me 1000 won. I immediately inserted the money to the machine which then quieted the driver.
I thanked the woman and I apologized to the driver. That experience, embarrassing as it was, has taught me a lesson more important than just having my bus pass charged all the time or bringing a thousand won bill whenever I have to take the bus. I am convinced that God allowed me to experience it to remind me of something that concerns life’s important matters.
At times, we tend to be so confident about ourselves, our faith, our spirituality or our “righteousness.” We sometimes feel we have enough of them to take us to where we want to go. This human tendency could lead us to ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit to constantly listen to Him; to always keep ourselves charged with Christ’s righteousness, so that our bus ride won’t lead us to embarrassment or even disappointment. Instead, by constantly listening to the Holy Spirit’s whispers, our bus ride would smoothly lead us to our desired destination, to that heavenly paradise where eternal happiness awaits the righteous.
By: Jojie Ann Panton
My co-missionary who is living just 30 minutes away from my mission field asked me to give a Bible study to her Filipina neighbor whom she has been friends with for quite sometime. This lady is married to a Korean man. My missionary friend arranged the schedule for the said appointment. When the time for the visitation came, I was so exhausted that I felt so lazy to do it. My friend called me several times but I had a lot of alibis. After a few minutes I prayed that God would guide me. I felt so guilty. The Holy Spirit was working in my heart but my rebellious mind kept on reasoning out that I wasn’t ready and that I needed more time to choose the topic for the Bible study. But eventually I gave in; I surrendered my concerns to Him. I prayed and asked God to lead me in finding the main verse for the topic that I wanted to share. After praying, I simply flipped the pages of the Bible and I instantly found the exact verse I was looking for. During the Bible study, I praised God because she responded positively. She was delighted that we shared with her a lot of things about God. She believed everything we shared. She even shared her testimony related to the topic we had studied. She now goes to church every Sabbath upon my friend’s invitation. Praise and glory be to God.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 (NIV)