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KICKOFF

After a long wait, countless hours of preparation and prayer, we kicked off our VBS today! I can’t believe it has already started. Today was so good and through it all I was able to experience God’s provision. It was evident that God is the ultimate leader and not myself or the team. 

We had more kids register than expected and it was great meeting new faces and have so many join us in this time seeking the Lord. Since it was the first day the beginning was a little hectic with registration and assigning everyone to crews but after we overcame that everything was smooth sailing from there on. 


Every time we were in need, God provided. I can’t explain how thankful I am for the team God has given me this year. The staff were absolutely tremendous! Every crew leader and station leader did an outstanding job even though it was the first day. 

God has filled my heart with expectation and excitement. I cannot wait to see what more God will do through this week in the hearts of our children as well as in the hearts of our staff! Through God’s unfailing love we were able to kickoff this vbs with a bang!

I saw God today. 

Did you? 

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HE KEEPS ANSWERING

Almost every morning so far this week I’ve woken up to great news through emails and texts about people interested in our vbs next week and stuff like that. It has caused me to wake up with some sort of expectation and excitement before looking at my phone. I wasn’t disappointed this morning.

As soon as I looked at my phone I saw a handful of messages from one of my kids moms and she was telling me how two kids who don’t attend church currently are going to be coming to our vbs. The moment I saw that my face lit up. There’s nothing like waking up to an answered prayer. 

For about a month now we’ve been praying that God would use this vbs as an opportunity to bring children who don’t know Jesus closer to Christ. God has been answering that prayer but He proved today that He isn’t done. It’s truly amazing to see how God keeps answering our prayers and doing the unexpected! I am beyond excited to see what more He has in store next week!

I saw God today.

Did you?

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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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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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PROUD MOMENTS

One of the biggest blessings in being at one church for all my life and serving at my home church is having the opportunity and privilege to grow with others through the years and witness growth in others. These people who I call my congregation are not just my church members but family, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Especially the youth kids, I’ve seen mostly all of them grow since they were in children’s ministry, and today we had graduation service sending off our high school seniors who all have a special place in my heart. All throughout today’s service I felt more than a proud leader but a proud older brother to see my younger siblings completing one chapter and moving on to the next. 

  • Seeing them stand before the congregation as young men and women of God I could see how much they have grown. Throughout their years in youth group they have been molded by the hands of God to fit into the identity He has created them. 
  • One of our youth boys who truly is like a blood brother to me sang the offering song with his mom. It brought tears to my eyes to see him worshipping God along side his mom in closing this chapter of his life.
  • Also during the service we had a time to promote our VBS. We had our body worship team come on stage and perform one of the VBS songs. As I sat there watching I couldn’t help but feel so proud of my team. 

These moments are what ministry is all about. Pouring into the lives of others to draw them closer to God and bring growth. Days like today I’m truly blessed and thankful God gives me the countless opportunities to serve Him and my brothers and sisters in Christ. 

I saw God today. 

Did you?

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