by Margie Mae U. Pomoy (36th Batch)

 “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does.” Ephesians 6:7, 8

Upon coming to Korea, I didn’t know what else would I be doing aside from being a missionary English teacher. My partner just brought me to the school we are assigned and oriented me of what I need to do each morning when I arrive and every evening before I leave. I found out that aside from teaching, I had to wipe shelves and students’ desks, vacuum and mop the floor, wash dishes and watch over the kids from the moment they enter the school premises.

It is really hard work and one may think it isn’t missionary work. So I’m really impressed with those missionaries who had extended their terms here in Korea. What keeps them going? It is even hard to baptize a single soul here or to preach. Then I asked myself, too. What keeps me going as a teacher or missionary?

By reading the Bible and Steps to Christ each day, I’ve found answers to everything that I’ve been doing here. It is God who works in us according to His purpose. And so, we must do everything without complaining (Phil. 2:13, 14) but with a loving spirit let us perform life’s humblest duties or lowliest positions (SC pp. 82, 83) as working for the Lord (Col. 3:23), not just for our students or co-teachers or pastors.

So whether I mop the floor or wash dishes or run errands, I do it with a joyful heart because I’m working for the Lord who wills in me. Let us then engage in helping those who need our help to the extent of our abilities (SC p. 80)–teaching English, looking over our students, cleaning classrooms, etc.

Whatever we do, let’s do it wholeheartedly. Let us not wait for great occasions or expect extraordinary abilities or jobs relating to missionary work before we give our best to the Lord (SC p. 83), for God rewards His faithful servant. Trust me, He just did!

Take A Break!

by Angecor Delgado

Are you stressed out, bored, and tired of teaching English and all the other things that come with it like making lesson plans and stuff? Have you also gotten uptight with tasks regarding your classes? And with all these things going on, have you tried dropping them all for a while and relaxed yourself by enjoying the snow or the bright sunshine?
Those were my feelings on the first month of my stay here. I was filled with loneliness and stress. I was bored and tired. I was also pushing myself a little bit too hard because teaching is not my profession.
In life, I learned that what does not kill me makes me stronger. But once in a while it is also a good thing to loosen up, find time to meditate and appreciate the little wonders and gifts from God. Psalm 104:24 says,

“O Lord, how many and varied are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your riches and Your creatures.”

These are the things that make my effort all worth it. With the knowledge of God’s creation, all knowledge that I try hard enough to gain will not be in vain. Romans 12:11 says that,

“Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.”

While this text suggests enthusiasm in serving God, we all know that human beings deserve and need some break time. For a hunter to keep his bow more fit to use, he needs to loosen its string and let it go slack. A bow that is always bent eventually breaks. People are also like that. That is why we all need to take time to rest.
After long, tiring days of work, Jesus had prescribed time off for His wearied disciples. He also set the Sabbath for all of us to rest from all the work. Should not we take His example seriously? Start by setting aside a special time to relax physically and renew yourself emotionally and spiritually. You will be at your best for the Lord if you take time to loosen the bow.