Can you believe that it's already been five years since I started on this incredible journey of saying "YES" to whatever and wherever the Father leads me? I thank you for continuing to walk beside me and join me as we partner with the Father in what He's doing in this part of the world.
In 2015 after a short-term trip to a very closed country, the Father gave me a heart for that country and the people who live there. Not only that, but He has also instilled in me a desire to support my fellow fieldworkers by helping with the educational needs of our young brothers and sisters who are serving on the field with their families. Doing work in the country that has my heart is filled with "Never Know"s. As in, you never know what will happen. Even though governement restrictions and Corona have prevented me from physically being in the country that has my heart these last few years, the Father has also led me to be able to continue my ministry in different ways.
Since 2017, I've joined a team that runs a company in that nation with the hope that our being there can bring God's presence and His kingdom to a very closed nation. Even through Corona, with God's grace, we have continued to provide jobs and support the livelihoods of our workers and their families. We're hoping that the Father can continue using our company and us who run it, for His greater plans for the nation.
Since Corona, He's also moved me back to South Korea. While many doors to the field have been closing for fieldworkers in our area due to Coronavirus, I really do feel that this is an amazing time and opportunity the Father has given me to further my language study in the hopes of one day having real heart-to-heart, life-giving conversations with the people that He's placed on my heart. This is a great time to study and prepare for the amazing assignments and plans He has for me for the future.
There are also many other fieldworkers with a heart and call to serve this closed nation yet can't go in at present whom God has called to South Korea as well. We've built up a community and are now starting up an NGO to continue the ministry from where the Father has us now. We are partnering with churches and organizations to raise up intercessors, to do ministry for people from that nation that have resettled here, and,by sharing our testiminoies and stories, are hoping to edify and encourage the church and raise up more workers for the region. Our hope is that our partnerships and projects will be able to continue to glorify the Lord and that He can use these efforts to continue His work of salvation and reconciliation with this people.
Now with this time of Corona, there are even further restrictions and uncertainties. While I would love to give you all a plain answer as to where in the world I will be this year or what I will be doing, I simply can't. As such, I ask that you bear with me. For the upcoming year, I've committed to continue language study and to help get our NGO up and running. That's about as far as I've gotten, but I will continue to be on my knees about where the Father is asking me to go and what He wants for me to do. Not gonna lie, looking into an uncertain future devoid of any solid plans, but with a hope and a calling for a particular nation, my steps of faith many times are shaky and hesitant. But, my trust and my hope is in Him whose faithfulness is certain. Whose love knows no bounds. Whose provision is just what is needed. Whose undeserved grace and forgiveness is new every morning.
Sorry if the details and specifics are lacking here. If you would like to know more about what the Father is doing in this part of the world, where I've been or what I've been up to, or some ways you can get involved, please e-mail me. You can also e-mail me to get my newsletter which goes out every few months with some more recent updates and ways you can be lifting me up. I am in great need of prayer partners who can pray with me and for me as I try to continue the work He has for me. Or, if you would prayerfully consider partnering with me financially, you can do that here. All gifts, whether one time or monthly, are much appreciated. Here's a brief run-down of my yearly costs:
1)Daily Living- This includes basic neccessities such as food, housing, utilities, phone, and Internet.
2)Flights and traveling- Whether for visa reasons, quarantine stays, or traveling for special appointments, flights and travelling are a necessary part of getting to and from the field.
3)Student loans- While I would love to have entered the field completely debt-free, this is one area that I wasn't able to fully pay off before saying "yes" and going to the field. I would love to be able to continue paying down the student loans to be able to pay them off and be released from that burden.
4)Language Study- As mentioned, I will be using this time to prepare for future work by furthering my language study by attending a language and training course. Right now, I'm also getting my visa through the university language course I'm participating in. Not only does it provide health insurance and a resident card (which makes life so much easier), but it's also the way that I'm able to hold a proper visa and not have to take the expensive visa trip out of the country every three months.
These past few years, being willing to come before the Lord with open hands and try and be obedient to where He's leading...it's been scary amazing! I don't think I've ever grown so much in my own relationship with the Father or ever had to rely on Him as much as in the last five years. But, in that time, I've also never had as many testimonies of the incredible, unbelievable ways that He shows up, makes Himself known, and loves His people. WOW! But I also realize that I can't do any of this without your prayers and your support along the way. I'm so excited and expectant for the wonderful things that He has for me in the future. I hope you can come alongside me and enjoy the ride!
Lots of love!
"Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come." Psalms 71:17-18
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