What are some of your biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I've learned is my identity (who I am in Him). Learning about my identity has been spiritually challenging, yet it has only made me more hungry to learn more! The better I understood His love for me and His bride, I served my team, loved others, ministered to locals with more depth and heart. Worship and prayer flowed like it never did and I was in sync with The Spirit more than before. And understanding my identity unlocked so much in my life and ministry.
The key to gaining everything I need in this life is first understanding where I am seated and who I am seated with. The unlimited power, strength, victory, peace, love, and more (yes, language-learning ability too) can be unleashed once we understand our identity in Christ.
Is there anything you wish you’ve known before you went overseas?
Before going into the field, understanding the perspective of locals towards foreigners would have helped me be more aware of how to react and process. Personally, as a Korean-American, I was not aware that there would be lots of staring and even offensive words thrown at me on the streets. Having me was new for my team leaders so it wasn’t something that they themselves could’ve known. But, this was one of my biggest questions heading to the field and as I transitioned.
Do you have some words of encouragement or exhortation to future Goers?
Dear future Goers,
You are about to enter a very tough but incredible time with The Lord! Trust me, He will surprise you in so many ways. Maybe an area in your personal life that you needed Him more, strengthening of a gift our Father gave you, or even fruit in your ministry. For me, it was all of the above and more! And I say ‘tough’ because I’ve seen and faced many moments of homesick, loneliness, disappointment, and doubt. But, as long as you fix your eyes on Jesus and continue to ask and seek Him, He will show you how you are to overcome those times. Keep in mind, you and I are humans, meaning once we try to do anything with the limited fleshly-power we have on this earth, we will always fall short. In fact, we will fail to reach the full potential He has called us to reach. Re-read my answer to the first question! And, trust me, you can’t learn enough about who you are.
As I write this right now, I am reminded of God’s words: “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause these people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. (Joshua 1:5-6)" God himself is encouraging Joshua that He will never forsake him and this promise still stands true with you as you prepare to go on the field, you are on the field, and forever more.
Let me end this with Joshua 1:7. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.“
Your brother in Christ.