Na ra ga eem ha shee-o myo
de shee ha ne re soh ee-roo oh cheen go ka chee
dang e so doo ee ro oh chee ee da!
Whether we are hammering away at our computers with editing and layout, attempting to learn the language, cooking, birding, teaching, shopping or reading the Bible for morning devotions, the verse above undergirds the diversity of our activities with everlasting hope and purpose. For example . . .
When we go out on a birdwatching hike we keep alert and do our best to find and identify new species. But God must bring the birds by.
In ministry, we offer our services and have the joy of investing things of eternal value in the lives of others. But God alone deserves the credit for helping us to be available for these two months and orchestrating the skills and schedules of the staff. What a joy to see the body of Christ interact in view of a common objective, furthering Christ’s kingdom work in hearts.
The next miracle is the way God brings opportunities to train and equip future teachers: each occasion has been a blessed experience, for the teacher as much as the students!
And in our cooking escapades, believe me, when the kelp soup or the biscuits turn out it is a miracle to give thanks for.
As far as a church to attend, while the largest ones in the world are within driving distance, we rejoice just as much for the God-honoring fellowship that can radiate from even the smallest of home churches.
Take Chris Hogan’s meetings for another example: through the simple, straightforward conversations taught over the course of a few hours, relational barriers were broken down and marriages restored! The God of the impossible changes hearts that have been hardened for years.
And in communications! This country is is one of the most advanced when it comes to technology. With the many activities both personal and project-related we appreciate the high-speed services. But here again we know that behind the many messages that come and go in a day there are eternal things at stake in this country!
The country . . . is Korea.
The verse above, which summarizes our hope here, is Matthew 6:10 as it might sound if you were to read it in Korean. But whatever language we use, as with anywhere else in the world, we may heartily say here:
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven!