Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hello from Korea

Hello All,

I am glad for this chance to greet you and share the recent happenings with you.

Teaching at Wolpyeong
The semester is certainly in full swing, minus one English teacher. Pray for the continued speedy recovery of one of the English teachers here at Wolpyeong Middle School who injured his back. He will return to school soon. In the meantime, the rest of the English teachers are and have been covering his classes. A part of me is glad because it gives me a little time with some of the grade three students I was not supposed to be teaching this semester. I am grateful for this month more with them. This group of students boasts the highest number of class clowns, and I shall miss teaching each and every one of them. I am excited about my new bunch of students, many of whom I have now met and taught courtesy of the delayed division of classes.

Teaching in Gwangmyeong
My other, smaller group of students at the church in Gwangmyeong is using a little bit more English, and I am grateful for their increased comfort with me (and English, however slight). I look forward to watching them grow in God. I want to plant seed after seed in their hearts and watch God bring the increase. There is so much that I want to teach. I have been making lists and taking notes for future lessons. The upcoming lesson will about the joy and importance of coming to church.  Be in prayer with me for wisdom and direction for this and all upcoming lessons and moments of interaction.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Bro. Oh for serving as my translator during these lessons. I am truly grateful for the support and assistance of all the teaching team at the Gwangmyeong church. I look forward to all that is in store for the children's ministry at Kwangsan UPC. The best is yet to come!  

A Random Note on Life in Korea
As I stood and listened to a conversation the teachers in my office were having in Korean the other day, I felt an overwhelming sense of place. Not even the fact that I could only understand bits (small bits) of the conversation could dissuade me from the assurance that I am exactly where I should be. It is simply natural that I am living in Daejeon, South Korea.

I know that in this I am supported by your many prayers. Living here, I am increasingly aware of your importance to me. I am forever grateful to God for allowing me to have such an amazing group of people in my life. Thank you for everything--in all the years we have known each other and today! I pray for you all and for God's perfect will to be done in your life and in the lives of people around you, the ones you know and the ones you do not.

Pray with me for all the people around me that I know and that I do not know yet. God has a plan for their lives and for Korea, of this I am confident.

The best is, indeed, yet to come!


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