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MARK 10:13-16

“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:13-16 

When we started our vbs preparations these verses set our foundation. Personally these words of Jesus really was my biggest motivator and gave me purpose and drive for this vbs. Today was the last day, we finished strong and I believe we walked out these verses and brought them to life. 

In our ending service we had a time where I shared the gospel with all the kids and asked if they wanted to accept Jesus in their lives and receive salvation. Almost every single kid raised their hand. The staff team got in a line and prayed over each kid and welcomed them to the Kingdom. 

From the bottom of my heart this was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed. As I was explaining to the kids what just happened and what this meant to God I couldn’t help but cry. Tears of joy were rolling down my face because I couldn’t help but rejoice in what god has done. 

I truly believe that God did something special. He has planted seeds, called His children home and brought them into a loving relationship. This made absolutely everything worth it. That moment was what we all worked so hard for this week, to witness salvation and see the gospel and love of Jesus shower these children. Praise God for what He has done! 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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If you know me you will now that I am most definitely not a morning person by any means. I just don’t do mornings. People call me an owl because I’m more alive at 3am at night than anytime in the day. I literally sometimes think I’m nocturnal. 

But being the director for vbs this year I have to be at church earlier than I would usually like. I try to get there by 7:45 each morning. These past couple days mornings were a struggle and I would be pretty grumpy and groggy when I got to church. But today was very different. 

I woke up a little past 6 am (which is when I sometimes go to bed lol) and I felt great. I got ready while singing and worshipping and set off for my day. I was all smiles and happiness this morning during our staff meeting and getting things prepared. The reason I think this was the case is because I absolutely love doing vbs. 

Walking into an empty church, knowing that in a few hours the halls and rooms will be filled with God’s children ready to learn about Him. Knowing the quietness will soon be interrupted with rejoicing sounds of laughter and worship really excites me. 

How could I not be filled with joy and excitement? There’s a particular song from our vbs this year that wouldn’t depart from my mind or lips this morning. 

It is a happy day knowing that the day will be filled with children meeting and encountering the living God. What a way to start the day, with anticipation and expectations knowing God will do something amazing. 

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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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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What a day it has been. Something I’ve realized about this semester is that it’s truly one of a kind. There are weeks where I have nothing that’s due and then a week where I’m getting beat up. This week is the latter. 

I decided to skip my class today so I can work on a paper and kid you not I literally spent all day working on this assignment. It was exhausting and took a toll on me but at the same I was able to learn a lot. 

Something about me is that I cannot do homework at home. So instead I go coffee shop hopping to do my work. There’s two reasons I do that. One, I focus better. Two, you never know what you can witness being out in coffeeshops. For ones who know that’s how this blog started, by what I witnessed at a Starbucks. 

Today was no different. I was at a local cafe working on my paper when I saw God in a truly beautiful way. There wasn’t many people there when I got there which was nice. I was able to work in peace with minimal distractions. 

Then of course the door opened and in came 4 young little girls that were probably in like 6th grade and a woman. They sat a couple tables away from me. They were a little loud so I couldn’t help but hear what they were talking about. That’s when I saw God. 

The little girls were gathered preparing a devotional. They were reading verses out of Matthew on the story of Peter walking on water. They were brainstorming how to present this devotional to whatever group they were involved with. 

I couldn’t help but smile to see these little disciplers coming together in preparation to serve the Kingdom. Moments like these I am reminded that there is no age limit in being servants of the Lord. It’s truly inspiring and encouraging to witness children so passionate and servant hearted. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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I was planning on driving back to Cincinnati from Atlanta today, but the moment I woke up I changed my mind. As I stared at my unpacked suitcase and thought about driving for 7 hours I couldn’t get myself to do it. So I said why not and decided to prolong my little trip one more day 🙂 

I told myself not to have any guilt and just enjoy this extra day. So to start off I took lunch to my mentor pastor’s house and ate with his family while spending time with his 8 month old daughter which was a blast. Afterwards went to the driving range with my cousin and friend and hit some balls while enjoying the almost 80 degree Atlanta weather, since Cincinnati will be the total opposite. For dinner I went to the best Chinese restaurant I’ve ever been to with my cousin and his wife, followed by boba. 

To conclude my last night in Atlanta I wanted to visit one of my friends and see his wife and 2 year old daughter since I don’t get to see them often. I had a great time playing with her and acting like dinosaurs. Then as I was about to leave God did a little something to my heart through that little girl. 

I put on my shoes and I was about to leave when my friends wife told the daughter she should pray for me before I left. Surprisingly she speaks really good Korean for her age. Her mom would pray and she would repeat after her. As I listened to her cute precious little voice praying a prayer over me my heart was filled with joy. What more could I ask for? 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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Today was my second official Sunday as our children’s ministry pastor and it was amazing. I beyond glad and thankful that I took this opportunity to be a part of this awesome ministry and community. There truly is something special about sharing God’s words with children and having the blessed privilege to be used a vessel to plant seeds in the lives of my younger brothers and sisters. 

Last week and this week we are going through the creation story in Genesis 1. Last week the focus was on days 1-5 and seeing what God created in this world and today we looked at the 6th day where God created man. The emphasis was on how we are made in the image of God and how God is the one who created all of us. I tied it in with Psalm 139. 

I brought out a white board and had the kids go around and share what they thought were characteristics of God. I ended up writing countless number of words that described and portrayed who God was to our children. Then I turned the tables around and did something a little different. 

Since we are all made in the image of God and hold characteristics of Him within us, I put a students name on the board and had the other children describe their friend. It turned out way better than I imagined. Everyone was eager to encourage their fellow brothers and sisters and pour out their love and truths upon them. It truly was a sight to see and I know that God was moving within everyone’s hearts today. 

In a society where identity issues are real and happen at a young age, especially for Asian Americans living in predominantly white suburbs, it was beautiful to see everyone receive affirmation on who they were as a child of God. I loved how each friend was able to see their fellow friend as a creation of God and identity strengths amongst every individual. My hope and prayer is that each child will never forget who they are and who they have been created in and by. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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I had the privilege to serve our children’s ministry this morning. Since I’m always involved with ministry with adults, young adults and youth it’s refreshing at times to encounter the lives of faith in our innocent children. Today I was able to encounter the simple, pure and innocent love that children carry and practice that I envy. 

Before I started my sermon I had the kids all grab their Bibles for scripture reading. For children’s ministry we do not put the verses in the screen so we can encourage them to learn how to look through the Bible and find scripture for themselves. Today’s reading came from 2 Timothy and for some of the children it was a challenge finding this book of the Bible. 

I stood there patiently waiting, allowing them to challenge themselves to find 2 Timothy. That’s when I couldn’t help but focus on one of our girls. Today was only her second time at children’s ministry coming out of preschool and she is only 6. It was a beautiful sight to see how relentless she was in trying her very best to find the verses on her own, using her little fingers flipping through the pages. She didn’t ask for any help and she was determined. 

About a minute passed and she was still in the Old Testament. I wanted to intervene but at the same time I couldn’t help really respect and honor her persistence. That’s when another girl from across the room who is only a year or two older spotted her sister in Christ in need. She got up from her chair and walked over and took a seat next to her. 

With a genuine heart she reached her little hands over onto her Bible and started flipping through the pages with her. To be honest she didn’t know what she was doing either but that wasn’t the point. What really touched my heart was that this girl saw someone in need and even in her incompetence she allowed her heart to move herself into action to genuinely help as much as she could. She wasn’t able to find the verses for herself but she was willing to be careless and selfless and help someone first. 

God really moved in my heart through this scene. Seeing someone so innocently take action to help a friend in need, in the most genuine and selfless way. While I stood there and watched God gave me conviction through these two little girls. He spoke to me through them. 

To always have a heart of service, a heart to love others out of love, to do everything out of kindness and to be humble. Also to allow the one who want to lend a helping hand to help me. To understand help is something to be accepted and not feared or ignored. 

I saw God today.

Did you?

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