my journey, Tavelling South Korea

South Korea (the summary)

I know South Korea because of the Korean dramas I watched. I think they have the most beautiful four seasons in the world. When I joined the 1000 Missionary Movement, I was assigned in Philippines and was transferred to Seoul, South Korea. I was then excited but scared. I was excited because it will be another experience in the most wonderful country in Asia(for me). Well, I will be a missionary teacher and I was scared because I am not really a teacher by profession. But I know God will guide me and will help me because He called me to be there.

I was assigned in Taereung SDA Church and became a teacher in Newstart Education Center. The church was kind of big. Itโ€™s 6-storey building including the offices and the kindergarten school. It also has 4 pastors and more than 500 church members. I live with my 3 co-missionary teachers, Jenny and Melanie in a very nice (for me) missionary apartment near the church. We are working for about 10 hours a day (including the making of ย homework, vocabularies, exams, etc.), 5 days a week. Weekends are the best days for us because we can rest and can go around the beautiful city of Seoul and meet our friends.

During our Sabbath School Presentation. We were trying hard to speak Korean. ๐Ÿ™‚
We live at the 4th floor of this apartment building.
Taereung DSA Church

My friends are also around the city. We can just meet anytime we want. Michella Gonzales, my batch mate in the missionary training was just 20 minutes by bus. Gladys, my missionary friend in Batangas was just a subway away. The transportation is excellent. Buses, taxis and subway stations are everywhere. You can reach any places anytime you want. Well, the fare isnโ€™t cheap though but the vehicles are quite good. I think Seoul has the best transportation in all the places I have been to, so farโ€ฆ

subway

The places are really beautiful. Iโ€™ve been to Seoul tower or Namsan tower like 5 times and enjoyed the night scenery there. Childrenโ€™s Grand Park is also awesome; it was really crowded during the Childrenโ€™s day. Gwanghwamun Square is in the center of Seoul; we went there for ice skating during the winter and for picture taking during summer. King Sejeongโ€™s monument is also there. The palaces are everywhere. I actually forgot the names of the palaces Iโ€™ve been to but you can see the rich culture of Korea. I also went to the Korean village where Korean houses are there. Ttukseom Resort in Han river is one of my favorites. Most of the times I went there to rent bicycles with my friends and biked along Han River. I also went there and had a date with myself. Itโ€™s really nice during the night. You can see the city lights across the river and it is also safe. Well, actually, I felt safe in Korea.

Namsan or Seoul Tower
fun Sunday at Ttukseom Resort with friends

Korean food are great! Bibimpap is mixed rice and vegetables with gochujang (chili paste) and it tastes really good. Kimpap is rolled rice with vegetables and cheese or tuna. Toppokke is a rice cake with fish flavored thing. Eating ramyeon (ramen) is best with kimchi. The black noodle, beef soup, and mandu taste great! They also have cold soup during the summer. Itโ€™s actually a soup with ice floating on it. The also have pizzas. The Pizza School is I think the best pizza store. We always say we are getting our masterโ€™s degree in pizza there. Hahaha! Their cheese and sweet potato pizzas are simply the bests. Ah, I ate a lot and I gained too much weight! But few months after my surgery (I had ovarian cyst and had a surgery at Seoul Adventist Hospital), I exercised and lost 4 kilograms. Thanks God!

some of the Korean food
~food~

The always said that working with Koreans is kind of difficult. They are bossy and hard workers. They also said that Filipinos are discriminated. Well, for me they are hard workers but working with them wasnโ€™t difficult. I also didnโ€™t feel discriminated. I felt discriminated by my fellow Filipino and some foreigners but not by the Koreans. Yes, we had too much works in the school but it is always paid with nice smiles and extensive meals at the fine restaurants by our bosses.

I knew I am not going to stay in Korea for the rest of my life but the experience is too overwhelming. My friend Gladys said, โ€œKorea is a fairytale. We have to go back to our own world.โ€ I agree with her. While staying there, I bought anything I want; clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, etc. (not the really expensive ones), ate the tastiest foods in the world and went to the places where I only saw on TV. But I knew that I am not going to stay there forever. My mission with the kids was over and I need to move forward.

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Mission, Personal

Growing in Jesus

Many times I have been asked, โ€œAre you a born Adventist?โ€ and my answer is always, โ€œYes, I am.โ€ But there are questions I am asking myself and these questions made me think, โ€œHave I been faithful? Am I a mature Christian?โ€

I was baptized 13 years ago. My grandfather and a layman gave us bible studies every Sabbath afternoon and after studying all the topics, we got baptized. I was actually not so ready then (I was so young and I didnโ€™t really understand what we studied) but when my mother asked me if I want to, I said yes. My other friends will be baptized too and it would be fun if weโ€™ll be on the beach (where we had our baptism) together.

Being in the Seventh-day Adventist home is not a guarantee that you will live faithfully. My parents are not strict. Yes, theyโ€™re there to say that what I did was wrong and that eating this and that and wearing jewelry are not good. Maybe they thought that I am a good daughter so they put too much trust on me. Then came a time when I lived alone in an Adventist boarding school. There came different kinds of temptations. Well, I couldnโ€™t really say โ€œtemptationโ€ because I was not really into it but because of my curiosity, I tried drinking. One shot made me dizzy and prayed to God before I sleep to wake me up the following day. I donโ€™t want to die drunk.

When I was in college, I was a little confusing. While I was busy with my responsibilities at school, I was also busy partying. I am supeeeer out-going person. My college friends usually go to bars and I usually go with them. I sat, talked and laughed with them and eat their food (those which God allowed me to). I donโ€™t drink for 3 reasons. First, I know itโ€™s not good. Second, I donโ€™t appreciate the taste of the alcohol. And third, I want to be a good example to them. If I drink once, they will surely coax me to drink again. But there was a time I went out with them on Friday night. I know it was wrong. My college friends looked at me like a faithful servant.

While on weekdays Iโ€™m with my college friends, on weekends, Iโ€™m always with my Adventist friends. I was very active in different youth organizations all over Southern Mindanao Mission. I was a leader and I canโ€™t even stay in my home church because I was so busy with different activities in different churches and in different youth organizations.

My life after college became different. I became more active in doing His works by helping crusades and organizing other activities. I concentrated on socializing with the believers and non-believers, doing good for others and bringing more souls to Him but I forgot myself and my relationship to God.

I know I am not good in the Bible. I donโ€™t read the Bible by heart and I sometimes pray sincerely until I joined the 1000 Missionary Movement. At the 1000MM campus, I learned many things. I prayed harder, I read the Bible and understands what I read. I even wrote my prayers and found out that most of them were answered โ€œyes.โ€

I know I am still a baby. My faith is still immature. I need spiritual food to grow. I need to learn and understand many things about Him. I am still growing in Jesus.

Mission

testimony

Good morning my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the privilege of sharing to you a part of my life as a missionary. I want to share a lot of my experiences as a missionary in Philippines but I only have limited time.

์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š”. ์„ฑ๋„ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„! ์ €๋Š” ์˜ค๋Š˜ ์„ ๊ต์‚ฌ๋กœ์„œ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋Š๋‚€ ๋‚˜๋ˆ”์˜ ํŠน๊ถŒ์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ๊ฐ์‚ฌ๋ฅผ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„๊ณผ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ๋‚˜๋ˆ„๊ณ  ์‹ถ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์˜ค๋Š˜์€ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ํ•„๋ฆฌํ•€์—์„œ ์„ ๊ต์‚ฌ๋กœ์„œ ๊ฒฝํ—˜ํ•œ ๋งŽ์€ ๊ฒฝํ—˜๋“ค์„ ๋‚˜๋ˆ„๊ณ  ์‹ถ์€๋ฐ ์•„์‰ฝ๊ฒŒ๋„ ์‹œ๊ฐ„์ด ์—†๋„ค์š”^^

I joined the 1000 Missionary Movement in December 2008 and on March 2009, my Filipino partner and I were assigned to our mission field.

์ €๋Š” 2008๋…„ 12์›” ์ฒœ๋ช…์„ ๊ต์‚ฌ์— ์ง€์›์„ ํ•˜์˜€๊ณ  2009๋…„ 3์›”์— ์ €์˜ ํ•„๋ฆฌํ•€ ์„ ๊ต์‚ฌ ํŒŒํŠธ๋„ˆ์™€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์„ ๊ต์ง€์— ๋ฐฐ์ •๋ฐ›์•˜์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

The name of the place is Gregorio del Pilar, in the province of Ilocos Sur, in the north part of the Philippines. Let me tell you about my first mission field; G. del Pilar is located in the mountains, away from the city.

์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋ฐ›์€ ์„ ๊ต์ง€๋Š” ํ•„๋ฆฌํ•€ ๋ถ๋ถ€์ง€์—ญ์˜ ์ผ๋กœ์ฝ”์Šค์˜ ์ง€๋ฐฉ์— ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ทธ๋ ˆ๊ณ ๋ฆฌ์˜ค ํ•„๋ผ๋ผ๋Š” ๊ณณ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด๊ณณ์€ ๋„์‹œ์—์„œ ์•„์ฃผ ๋ฉ€๋ฆฌ ๋–จ์–ด์ง„ ์‚ฐ์†์— ์œ„์น˜ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

We need to travel 2 hours in the rocky and dusty road and cross the big Quinibor River 13 times through the amphibian jeepney before we can go to the small city. Everywhere you will see the abundance of fresh nature.

๊ทธ๊ณณ์€ ์ž‘์€ ๋„์‹œ๋กœ ๊ฐ€๊ธฐ์œ„ํ•ด์„œ๋Š” ์ˆ˜๋ฅ™์–‘์šฉ ์ž๋™์ฐจ๋ฅผ ํƒ€๊ณ  ํ€ด๋‹ˆ๋ฒ„๋ผ๋Š” ๊ฐ•์„ 13๋ฒˆ์ด๋‚˜ ์™”๋‹ค๊ฐ”๋‹คํ•˜์—ฌํ•˜๋ฉฐ ๋ฐ”์œ„์™€ ๋จผ์ง€๋กœ ๋ฎํžŒ ๊ธธ์„ 2์‹œ๊ฐ„์ด๋‚˜ ์—ฌํ–‰ํ•˜์—ฌ์•ผ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊นŠ์€ ์‚ฐ์†์ด๋‹ค ๋ณด๋‹ˆ ์ฃผ๋ณ€์— ๋ณผ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š”๊ฒƒ์€ ๊ฑฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๊ณ  ์•„์ฃผ ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ์ž์—ฐ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

We lived in a village where there are only about 15 houses and stayed with a simple family. They have no refrigerator, no electric fan, no washing machine, or even T.V, but this family owned a little rice field

์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์„ ๊ต์ง€์—์„œ ๋ฌถ์—ˆ๋˜ ๊ณณ์€ ์•ฝ 15๊ฐ€๊ตฌ์˜ ์†Œ์‹๊ตฌ๋“ค์ด ์‚ฌ๋Š” ๋งˆ์„ ์ด์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๊ณณ์—๋Š” ๋ƒ‰์žฅ๊ณ ๋„, ์„ ํ’๊ธฐ, ์„ธํƒ๊ธฐ, ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ํ‹ฐ๋น„๋„ ์—†๋Š” ๋งˆ์„์ด๋ฉฐ ์˜ค๋กœ์ง€ ์ž‘์€ ์Œ€๋†์‚ฌ๋ฅผ ์ง€์„ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ๋…ผ ๋ฟ์ด์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

One summer day, after we harvested the rice and went back home, the rain began to fall. The harvested rice is still on the field. Weโ€™re so sad. I told my partner about how I feel.

์–ด๋Š ์—ฌ๋ฆ„๋‚ , ์Œ€ ์ˆ˜ํ™•์„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์ง‘์œผ๋กœ ๋Œ์•„์˜ค๋˜์ค‘ ๊ฐ‘์ž๊ธฐ ๋น„๊ฐ€ ๋‚ด๋ ธ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ์—ฌ์ „ํžˆ ์ˆ˜ํ™•ํ•œ ์Œ€์€ ๋…ผ์— ์žˆ์—ˆ๊ณ  ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๋งˆ์Œ์ด ์ŠฌํŽ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ž˜์„œ ์ €๋Š” ์ œ ํŒŒํŠธ๋„ˆ์—์„ธ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋Š๋‚€ ๊ฒƒ์„ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ ํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

I felt like we were bad luck in that place. There were lots of circumstances since we were there. It was summer but it rains a lot. The people say itโ€™s so strange!

์ €๋Š” ๊ทธ๊ณณ์—์„œ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ์šด์ด ์—†๋Š”๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•˜๊ณ  ๊ทธ๊ณณ์— ์ง€๋‚ธ ์ดํ›„๋กœ๋„ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๋งŽ์€ ์ƒํ™ฉ๋“ค์ด ์žˆ์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋•Œ๋Š” ์—ฌ๋ฆ„์ด์˜€๊ณ  ๋น„๊ฐ€ ์—ฌ๋Š๋•Œ๋ณด๋‹ค๋„ ํ›จ์”ฌ ๋” ๋งŽ์ด ๋‚ด๋ ธ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.. ์•ฝ ๋ช‡์ฃผ๊ฐ„ ๊ณ„์†๋œ์ ๋„ ์žˆ๋‹ค๊ณ  ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ž˜์„œ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์ด ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ์ด์ƒํ•˜๋‹ค๊ณ  ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ ํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

Our neighborโ€™s wedding was suspended because of the heavy rain, the people also lost about half of their rice harvest and they can not go down to the city because the water in the river was quite deep,

๊ทธ๊ณณ์—์„œ์˜ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์ด์›ƒ์€ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๋งŽ์€ ๋น„ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ๊ฒฐํ˜ผ์‹๋„ ํ•˜์ง€ ๋ชปํ•˜๊ณ  ๋งŽ์€ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์ด ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ์ˆ˜ํ™•ํ•œ ์Œ€์˜ ๋ฐ˜์„ ์žƒ์—ˆ์œผ๋ฉฐ ๋น„์˜ ์–‘ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ๋ฌผ์ด ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๊นŠ์–ด์ ธ ๋„์‹œ์—๋„ ๋‚˜๊ฐˆ์ˆ˜๊ฐ€ ์—†์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

so that means, there were only limited supplies of food. When we went to other village to visit houses, most of the people banged their doors and didnโ€™t talk to us.

์ฆ‰ ๊ทธ๋ง์€ ์Œ์‹์˜ ๊ณต๊ธ‰์–‘์ด ์ œํ•œ๋˜์–ด ์Œ์‹์ด ๋ถ€์กฑํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋˜์—ˆ๋‹ค๋Š”๊ฒƒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ž˜์„œ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๋งˆ์„์„ ๋ฐฉ๋ฌธํ•˜์˜€์ง€๋งŒ ๋Œ€๋ถ€๋ถ„์˜ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์€ ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๋ฌธ์„ ์—ด์–ด์ฃผ์ง€์•Š๊ณ  ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์—๊ฒŒ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ ์กฐ์ฐจ ํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š์•˜์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

Then, our church member was bumped by the jeepney that we were riding and we saw how it happened.

๊ทธ๋•Œ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๊ตํšŒ์˜ ์ผ์›์ค‘ ํ•œ๋ช…์ด ์ง€ํ”„๋‹ˆ์— ์˜ํ•ด ์น˜์˜€๊ณ  ๊ทธ ์ง€ํ”„๋‹ˆ๋ฅผ ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ํƒ€๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์„œ ๊ทธ ์‚ฌ๊ณ ๋ฅผ ๋ชฉ๊ฒฉํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋˜์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

I felt so guilty. I felt like people are blaming us. I wanted to go home. My partner who seems like an older sister to me says,

์ €๋Š” ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ์ฃ„์ฑ…๊ฐ์ด ๋“ค์—ˆ๊ณ  ๋งˆ์น˜ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์ด ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋ฅผ ๋น„๋‚œํ•˜๋Š”๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•˜์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ง‘์— ๋„ˆ๋ฌด๋‚˜๋„ ๋Œ์•„๊ฐ€๊ณ  ์‹ถ์—ˆ์œผ๋ฉฐ ์ €๋ณด๋‹ค ๋‚˜์ด๊ฐ€ ๋งŽ์•„ ๋ณด์ด๋Š” ์ €์˜ ํŒŒํŠธ๋„ˆ๋Š” ์ €์—๊ฒŒ ๋งํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

โ€œWeโ€™re not bad luck. When Godโ€™s people are there to share the love of God, Satan will also be working hard. He will even double his work just to destruct our works.โ€

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ์šด์ด ์—†๋Š”๊ฒŒ ์•„๋‹ˆ์•ผ. ํ•˜๋‚˜๋‹˜์˜ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์ด ๊ทธ๋ถ„์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์„ ์ „ํŒŒํ•  ๋•Œ ์‚ฌํƒ„๋„ ๋งˆ์ฐฌ๊ฐ€์ง€๋กœ ์—ด์‹ฌํžˆ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋ฅผ ๋ฐฉํ•ดํ•˜๋ ค ํ•œ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋Š” ์‹ฌ์ง€์–ด ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์ผ์„ ๋ฐฉํ•ดํ•˜๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•ด 2๋ฐฐ ์ด์ƒ์œผ๋กœ ํž˜์„ ์“ธ์ง€๋„ ๋ชฐ๋ผ.

Those words of wisdom from my partner stucked on my head and whenever things go wrong, I just think that Satan is working hard again just to destruct me.

์ €์˜ ํŒŒํŠธ๋„ˆ์˜ ์ง€ํ˜œ๋กœ์šด ๊ทธ ๋ง๋“ค์ด ์ €ํฌ ๋จธ๋ฆฌ์— ๋ฐ•ํ˜”๊ณ  ์–ด๋–ค์ผ๋“ค์ด ์ž˜ ํ’€๋ฆฌ์ง€ ์•Š์„๋•Œ๋งˆ๋‹ค, ์ €๋Š” ์‚ฌํƒ„์ด ๋‚˜๋ฅผ ๋ง‰๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•ด ์—ด์‹ฌํžˆ ์ผ์„ ํ•˜๋Š”๊ตฌ๋‚˜ ๋ผ๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

We face different kinds of trials everyday, arenโ€™t we?

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋งค์ผ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ ๊ฐ€์ง€ ์‹œํ—˜์— ๋ถ€๋”ชํž™๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ ‡์ฃ ?

The more we want to do good, the more Satan will work hard. He may take advantage of the circumstances, he may use our friends, the person next to us or even our own self.

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋”์šฑ๋” ์„ ํ•œ์ผ์„ ํ–‰ํ•˜๋ ค ํ• ๋•Œ ์‚ฌํƒ„๋„ ๋”์šฑ๋” ๊ทธ ์ผ์„ ๋ฐฉํ•ดํ•˜๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•ด ์ผ์„ ํ•  ๊ฒƒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์‚ฌํƒ„์€ ์•„๋งˆ ๋ชจ๋“  ์ƒํ™ฉ์„ ๋‹ค ์ด์šฉํ•˜์—ฌ์„œ๋ผ๋„ ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ์ด ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์นœ๊ตฌ๋“ค, ํ˜น์€ ๋ฐ”๋กœ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ์˜†์— ์žˆ๋Š” ์นœ๊ตฌ.. ํ˜น์€ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋“ค ์ž์‹ ์ผ์ง€๋„ ๋ชจ๋ฆ…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค

Sometimes Satan is more powerful than our will to do good.]

๋•Œ๋•Œ๋กœ ์‚ฌํƒ„์€ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์„ ํ•œ์ผ์„ ํ•˜๋ ค๋Š” ์˜์ง€๋ณด๋‹ค ํ›จ์”ฌ ๋” ๊ฐ•ํ•จ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

God said in Isaiah 41:13, โ€œSo do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.โ€

์ด์‚ฌ์•ผ 41์žฅ 13์ ˆ์— โ€˜ ์ด๋Š” ๋‚˜ ์—ฌํ˜ธ์™€ ๋„ˆ์˜ ํ•˜๋‚˜๋‹˜์ด ๋„ค ์˜ค๋ฅธ์†์„ ๋ถ™๋“ค๊ณ  ๋„ค๊ฒŒ ์ด๋ฅด๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋‘๋ ค์›Œ ๋ง๋ผ ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ๋„ˆ๋ฅผ ๋„์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋ผ ํ•  ๊ฒƒ์ž„์ด๋ผโ€™ ๋ง์”€ํ•˜์…จ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

So brethren, we should always ask the help of God because He promised to help us

์„ฑ๋„ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„, ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ํ•ญ์ƒ ํ•˜๋‚˜๋‹˜๊ป˜ ๋„์›€์„ ๊ตฌํ•ด์•ผ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์™œ๋ƒํ•˜๋ฉด ํ•˜๋‚˜๋‹˜๊ป˜์„œ๋Š” ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋ฅผ ๋„์™€์ฃผ์‹œ๊ฒ ๋‹ค๊ณ  ์•ฝ์†ํ•˜์…จ๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

Good morning and happy Sabbath!

Mission, Philippines

Little Angel

Sheโ€™s ourย  little angel.

Sheโ€™s cute.

She smiles often.

She laugh when I tickle her.

She plays with everyone (while lying).

She folds her hands when we pray together.

Sheโ€™s baby Mizrhain Corbito, born with hydrocephalus.

The doctors said that it too was hard for her to have an operation because the head was too big already. According to tita Eva (the mother), she was too scared then when the doctor said that the baby needs a surgery. When she decided to pursue the operation, the doctors declined because of the size of the head. The doctors also said that she wonโ€™t live long. She might not reach 1 year old.

The Corbito family was not Adventists before. The constant visitation and prayer of the first missionaries (Gladies and Amy from the 31st batch) in Agoncillio, Batangas touched their hearts and decided to know God more by studying the Bible. The mother, father, brother and her 2 sisters were baptized.

Soon, weย  took care of the baby by cleaning the wounds (she has 3 wounds, both sides and at the back of her head), bringing her to the hospital and bringing her some stuffs. We are not nurses but God used our hands. Some of us, while weโ€™re cleaning the wounds (weโ€™re 6 missionaries then) encouraged the family to continue serving God because sometimes they feel like God forgot them and that God is not helping them. We made them realized that it was because of the baby that they became closer to God, that they knew God more.

While crying on my shoulder, Tita Eva said โ€œPagod na pagod na akoโ€ฆBuong magdamag akong walang tulogโ€ฆAlam ko pagod na pagod na rin si babyโ€ฆโ€ I can feel the pain in her heart and how tired she was.

Baby with Joy (missionary) and other church members

Baby Mizrhain died last Saturday (September 3, 2010). I felt so sad for the family because they lost their little angel but I know they will see their little angel in heaven. The baby who made then cry, smile, laugh, and made them closer to God.

Mission, Philippines

My First Mission Field

It was March, 2009 after the missionary training when God assigned me together with my partner, Bella Marie Pesanos, in our mission field in Ilocos Sur. It took us more than a day to reach there. First, we went to the Mountain Province Mission in Baguio and met the Mission Youth Director, then we traveled going to the small city named Candon.

My partner and I in our mission field.

Let me tell the about G. del Ilocos Sur. It was named after the Filipino hero Gregorio del Pilar who died in the battle in Tirad Pass. The place is surrounded by mountain. Anywhere youโ€™ll see mountains, rice fields and tobacco (in the flats areas) and green trees. Water is not a problem, thereโ€™s big river called Quinibor that supplies all the water needs in that place. Iโ€™ve witnessed the abundance of fresh nature that God created. Woaahhh! It was so wonderful!

Amphibian jeepney. We just crossed the river.

We stayed together with the family of Auntie Mary in a certain village (I forgot the name of the village. There are only about 20 houses). They have no TV, no refrigerator, no washing machine, electric fan or any appliances except for the old radio. Auntie Mary is the only Seventh-day Adventist in her family. Soon, after our crusade, her daughter and the husband of her daughter got baptized. Weโ€™re so happy then because every Sabbath, weโ€™re not only 3 who will walk 30 minutes going to the church.

This is our way to the church. I helped the lady.
My partner and I with the kids of Alfonso. This was during the Vacation Bible School graduation.

Our work in G, del Pilar is not really soul-winning but mostly reviving. There are lots of Seventh-day Adventists there who are getting weaker in thier faith. The Vice Mayor, high school principal and many municipal workers are Adventists but they sometimes go to church and they are also wearing accessories in their bodies.

We transferred from one place to another, visiting churches and house churches. Walking hours just to get there (My big legs are the evidence. hehehe). There are no tricycles, taxis or buses to ride. We need to walk when we visit our brethren.

Serving God is a blessing although sometimes I feel like giving up. It seems like I also needed to be revived. But when God called us, He will make us strong and find ways for us not to faint or to be a failure in doing His Ministry. My partner decided to do another ministry and then I found myself serving the people of Agoncillio, Batangas.

Mission, Tavelling South Korea

What Do I Have?

“I can do anything through HIM who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

What do I need thatโ€™s HE canโ€™t give?

We all have weaknesses, right? Nobodyโ€™s perfect and nobody can do everything. Well, I admit, I do have a lot of that. Before joining the 1000 Missionary Movement and even until now, I still did not know what talent God gave me. I donโ€™t know how to sing and I am not a good speaker. What talent should I use to do His ministry? Then I realized, God is not concern of our weaknesses but he is concern of ย what is inside our heart and what we can do for Him in the present and in the future.

Moses complained to God that he is slow of speech and tongue. Sometimes, I feel like Moses, specially that I am now here in South Korea, teaching the language which is not my own and am not a teacher by profession. But said to Moses in Exodus 4:11-12,

โ€œWho gave man his mouth?….Is it not I, the Lord?

Now go, I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.โ€

God has no plan to make us fail in doing His ministry. He will equip us with whatever He asked us to do. God can use ordinary person like me and you if we put our trust in Him. All things are possible.

Now here comes the final issue; Are we willing and teachable like Moses?

God said in Exodus 4:12,

โ€œNow go, I will teach you and help what to say.โ€

Isnโ€™t it a good promise?

God only need 2 things in us, our willingness to follow through obedience and a teachable spirit.Anyone who has this 2 things can be used by God to do great things.