Friday, April 13, 2007

The Crucible of Korea part 4

"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first." Mark 10:29-31

We left as two and returned as three. We gave up a life in Atlanta and received a life all over the world. We have places to go in several states and countries ... all with family we acquired while in Korea.

Becca and I have received numerous brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers and children as a reward for our time in Korea. This is why, despite the hardship and sacrifices, all we know of our time in Korea is joy. Our reward has so surpassed our sacrifice that we don't feel like we gave much at all.

This is common among most missionaries, even those that suffered far worse and sacrificed far more than we ever did.

What I keep from Korea:

Community is the most important aspect of the Body of Christ. You will grow to the degree you have intimate relationships with other believers. Without them it is only an organization. It is not the Church.

People learn best when they are taught by example. Words mean little to nothing without the testimony to back it up. Sometimes worship teaches Christians how to follow the Spirit in their own life. It is crucial that more people see this as the Day approaches.

Your gift will give you opportunity. You don't have to manipulate situations or force your own opportunities. God is faithful and, if you are humble, will give you more than you asked for.

Be free from the traditions of men. Be committed because you have relationship, not because you meet in the same building or share a common registry.

Live like a missionary at war wherever you are. Travel when you can. Live simply so you can move quickly and invest in the Kingdom.

Give to the poor.

If you hear one thing from me, hear this. Go. Leave. If you feel any inclination at all, be an active participant in spreading the gospel in another country. You can't imagine the reward.




At 11:42 AM , Blogger Derek said...



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