Monthly Archives: May 2017

WHEN PRAYERS BECOME REALITY

I can’t believe it’s already been 4 weeks since we have been preparing for our VBS. It has been a long and busy 4 weeks but honestly a really enjoyable time. God gave me a true conviction from the beginning of preparation, I do the best of my ability on my part and have faith and trust in God and He will do the rest. That was our big prayer topic during or vbs prayer meetings, fully trusting in God to work in the hearts of our kids and parents so His children can take one step closer to Him. Another big prayer point we’ve been praying about was for this vbs to be a ministry and bridge to spread the gospel to kids who God really desires to have a relationship with. 

One thing I haven’t been focusing on at all was the number of attendees. To be honest I was convicted from the beginning that I will give it my all if it’s for 1 kid or for 100. The number didn’t matter. But through that I believe God moved and revealed that He is wanting to do the unexpected. 

Just about a month ago I was expecting about 15 kids to be at our vbs. Due to busy schedules and people being out of town a lot of our kids can’t come to our vbs. But through the grace of God He has opened opportunities for other kids in the community to register for our vbs and now we are expecting over 30 kids. That’s crazy. 

There are these two brothers in my children’s ministry who I really really wanted to come to vbs since they have never attended before. I thought it would be a great experience for them and would be a huge stepping stone in their faith. But their dad told me a month or so ago that they will be going to Korea right after school is out so they couldn’t come. 

But randomly last Sunday their dad came up to me and said He’s really been contemplating about pushing back their flight so their kids could come and he said he would get back to me. This morning I woke up to an email from him saying that they will be going to Korea on a later date so they could attend vbs. Praise God!! 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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CLUTCH

We are finally done with vbs decorations and now officially 6 days away from vbs. This week is dedicated to doing our final program preparations and for me to have meetings with all our crew and station leaders. I was at church before one of my meetings preparing some things when my computer started acting up pretty bad. I wasn’t able to open any of my apps or open any of my documents. That’s when panic mode kicked in because all my vbs stuff that’s crucial in preparation is saved on my computer. 

It couldn’t have been any worse timing. I was able to finish all my meetings and do everything I needed to for the day without getting to the documents but I need them for the rest of the week. I’m really bad with computers and I had no idea what to do so I began to freak out because without my computer I’m doomed for vbs. So I called my best friend who is a tech wiz to see if he could help me out despite his busy schedule. 

He met up with me as soon as possible and started to scope things out. After about 4 hours he was able to figure everything out and now my computer is like new. It was such a relief and I am so thankful he was able to come through. If it wasn’t for him I couldn’t imagine what would have happened for me. He came in clutch. 

Moments like these I’m so thankful and blessed to have brothers like him in my life. Even though he is very busy and has a lot going on he took time out of his schedule to help me out in a time of need. I’m really grateful to have selfless people like him in my life that are always looking out even when I don’t deserve it. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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ALL ABOUT FAMILY

I feel like God gives me countless reminders how blessed I am to have the family I do. This weekend, today especially was another one of those reminders. 

As my dad and sister was in Chicago over the weekend taking my mom to O’hare airport to fly out to Korea, I went up to my aunt and uncles house in Columbus yesterday after church until today. When I got up there yesterday I was greeted with a delicious steak dinner and today, a morning filled with fishing with my uncle on this beautiful Memorial Day. 

After fishing and grabbing some lunch and spending some time with them I headed back to Cincinnati. As soon as I got home I caught up with my dad and sister about their time in Chicago. Then after we ate dinner my mom FaceTimed us. 

My mom suddenly went to Korea because my grandma who is 96 has been feeling very ill, so my mom went for the first time in 9 years to spend some quality time with her. To see my mom next to my grandma really was quite emotional for me. Mixed emotions both sad and joyful (mostly joy). The reality is my grandma is 96 but to know my mom is able to spend time with her and catch up on missed years is truly a blessing. 


There really is nothing like family. Something I’ve realized recently is that I’ve let my busy schedule get in the way of me and my family, spending quality time and embracing every moment. But as I was encountering all these blessings today something one of my mentors told me a few ago stood out, “Even though ministry may get busy always make time for family, family is also a priority”. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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PASSION CONFIRMED

With VBS right around the corner my sermon this morning was focused on the faith of our children. Since Wednesday as I was meditating on the story of David and Goliath (which was what my message was on) God continued to really touch and move my heart. He continued to reveal to me throughout the week what message He wanted to share with our congregation. 

My initial calling into ministry and the passion that drove me into wanting to serve the Kingdom was because of the younger generation. God has always put this passion within me for the younger generation. I have this deep rooted conviction that God views all people, all ages as His children. When I see a child I don’t see a child, rather an instrument of God, whom He desires to move in and through. 

This passion and conviction of mine was confirmed once again to me personally during my sermon today. As I was preaching about the importance of faith within our children and how God moves through His children I was reminded of my passions. This was really needed for me, especially during this busy time of preparing for VBS. It was needed to be reminded that I am serving God out of passion not responsibility or burden. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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DUMPLINGS

Today was our final day of VBS decorations! I was at church from 2-9 with other brothers and sisters and we finally completed all of our decorations. It was a long, exhausting and busy day but a successful one. After about 3 weeks we have finished and it feels great. 

I left church and was on my way to drop someone off when one of our church members who is a close family friend gave me a call. She knew I was home alone since my family is in Chicago over the weekend. It was almost 10 but she told me to come over to their house. To be honest I was a little tired and wanted to go home but I went anyways and boy am I glad I went. 

Their family and I spent about an hour making dumplings today for a late night snack. It was super fun and ultimately super delicious. The whole time was filled with laughter and great conversation. 

As I was over at their home I couldn’t help but be thankful and joyful. Thankful that through the relationships God has allowed I have people who I can call family. People who I can encounter God’s love through and with. Church really is a beautiful place where special relationships are able to be formed all through God’s love. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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SEEING THE LOVE

My mom is going to Korea this weekend. This will be her first time since 2008. That’s 9 whole years she hasn’t been able to see all of her siblings and most importantly my grandma. My grandma has gotten suddenly ill so we decided it would be best for my mom to go spend time with her in Korea. 

My mom always has the desire to go to Korea to see her family since all of her side lives over there. But due to taking care of the family she never really gets the chance. She really deserves this trip and I am so glad she has this opportunity to reunite with her family and spend time with my grandma. 

I’m not the only one who thinks she deserves this time for herself. I was shocked and it really moved me to see how many people wanted to bless her before going on this trip. Multiple people have been stopping by our house over the last few days giving her cards and gifts supporting her and all telling her how much she deserves this time. 

My mom is someone who loves unconditionally. Through her love I experience the selfless love of God. It’s been really nice being able to see her receive love and be loved by others. Through the gestures of many I know she has been encountering the love of God. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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LITTLE BIG BROTHER

Being at the same church all your life you gain brothers and sisters that literally are siblings to you. I’m blessed to say I have a countless number of those. There is one little brother of mine in particular that I truly view as a brother. It’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve known him and through it all he has always called me Hyung which means older brother in Korean and has always looked at me as his own. 

Tonight was his graduation and this was actually my first non-family graduation I’ve ever attended. Being there and hearing his name be called and see him walk across that stage was really special. It meant way more than just him graduating high school but rather him completing a chapter in his life that contained many ups and downs and forming into the man of God he has been created to be. 


I am truly thankful and blessed to have the ability to see my younger brothers and sisters grow through multiple seasons of life. It really means a lot to have the ability to be a part of someone’s life throughout the years and have them be a part of mine. I say this often but I am always grateful that God has provided little siblings like him in my life that I’ve always wanted. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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PERSONAL PRAYERS

These past few weeks at Refresh we’ve had great opportunities to share prayer requests as a community and pray for one another. But today I wanted to do something different. Even though it’s extremely important to pray for others I believe it’s crucial to pray for yourself. If you’re like me interceding is sometimes easier than personal prayers, but I believe it’s very important to learn and challenge yourself to spend personal intimate time with God. 

We started off with worship and then for the remainder of the time we scattered in the room and had our own individual times with the Lord in prayer. It was a beautiful sight seeing my brothers and sisters spending intentional time on their own in the presence of the Father and taking steps closer to Him. 

For me it was a really powerful and needed time. To be honest it’s been a while since I’ve spent intentional time praying for my personal relationship with God and basking in His presence. It was truly rejuvenating, convicting and uplifting to have that time on my own with God. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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BEHIND THE SCENES

It’s officially our third week of doing vbs decorations. We have been meeeting every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for these past weeks doing these decorations. Each day we have been spending about 5 hours getting things done. Since I’ve been at church so much doing decorations I’ve been asked by countless number of people why we are spending so much time decorating for vbs, why we are doing it so ahead of time, why we are focusing so much on decorations. 

The answer that continues to pop up in my head is “why not?” Why not spend hours and days into preparing something for our children. Why not give our time and energy to put value in this ministry. Why not? 

A lot hit me today while I was doing decorations. The reality is, the hours we put cutting things out, taping things up etc. won’t really be noticed. Some of the things that take so much time don’t even look like a big deal. But it doesn’t matter, it’s the heart that goes behind it all. Honestly if we were doing all this for applause and human eyes we wouldn’t be able to do it, point blank. But the only reason we do what we are doing is for the Kingdom of God. Period. 

This experience is helping me be appreciative of all the people that serve God and the church behind the scenes. A lot of times it’s us the pastors who get the appreciation and attention. But the reality is for us to be able to do our job we need others like secretaries, prayer teams, media team, janitors etc. God has really been leading me to being thankful and noticing all the people who serve that goes unnoticed. For one part of the body to move we need the other parts. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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GO FISH

There has been one thing that I’ve been desiring to do and looking forward to in doing these past couple months but couldn’t do due to my busy schedule; go fish. I really don’t have many hobbies but fishing is one thing I love doing. During finals week that was one of my biggest motivators, to finish strong so I can get back to the lake and go do what I love. Fishing was the first thing on my agenda to do after finishing the semester but it took me 12 days, due to vbs and ministry, to finally get out there, and today was the day! 

I had a clear schedule today to do nothing but fish. I felt like a kid this morning getting my stuff ready, filling up on gas, stopping by the bait shop and finding a spot on the lake. Something about getting out in nature and fishing brings me true joy and peace. Fishing is one of the few things that I do where I really clear my mind from all burdens and find rest. 

Literally not even 10 minutes into throwing in my line I caught my first fish of the year and it was a bass! I was ecstatic. That feeling of excitement really is satisfying and only people who fish really can understand that feeling. 


Even though that was the only fish I caught today it was a good day. I’m so thankful for days like this where God allows me to find rest and have fun. Where no worries hold me down and only joy is in my heart. There really is something special about being out in God’s creation and enjoying a beautiful day doing what you love. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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