Mission team journal
Hello Friends and Supporters!
Me with co-workers and friends
I’ve learned much through my position at the Korea Anabaptist Center. I may be in a land with churches,pastors and believers galore, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a part of our broken world. I’ve realized that the Korean church, despite strong numbers, still struggles to practice grace. And I’ve noticed just how important the message of peace is in a country that is still technically at war with its neighbour to the north. My heart has quickly matched its beat to those of the Korean people – I pray for this country’s future everyday, holding on to hope that peaceful reunification with North Korea is not outside its grasp.
As for life outside work, that’s always somewhat unpredictable. Rather than living with a host family, I’ve been put up in the KAC guesthouse (an apartment).Currently I’m living with a Mongolian student, and will soon welcome a thirdroommate! I’ve been so blessed to live with young women I get along with, even though our cultural backgrounds are different. As for activities, I fill my week with small group and church, but then there are also the impromptu outings and meals I get invited to that keep things interesting and varied. Since arriving here, I’ve got to attend a Korean wedding, do a few rigorous mountain hikes, experience the outdoor markets and high-end department stores, witness a traditional Korean thanksgiving (complete with offerings and prayers for ancestors), explore several Buddhist temples and monuments, get acupuncture, learn how to make several delicious Korean dishes, and enjoy the tropical-feeling beach on the east and southcoasts. I’ve struggled my way through Active Korean 1 with two very patient language tutors, and I’m currently working through book 2.
So, now that you know what I’ve been up to, I’ll finish by saying a BIG thank you for your support while I’m here. I’ve started so many priceless relationships in my short time here, I’ve learned even more about the character of God, and I’ve grown spiritually, emotionally, and socially, in ways I don’t fully understand yet. Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for God’s guiding me to Korea.
Thank you for being a part of the journey.
Blessings in 2013,
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