Dear Praying Friends,
Last December, the first Communion service was held at Covenant Bible Presbyterian Mission. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the holy sacraments God has given to the New Testament church. Through Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, we are confirmed in our salvation already received in Jesus by His grace. However, not a few Korean churches give baptism on the basis of someone’s attendance or for good works to a church for a certain period of time.
Because I know of such a practice in some churches, I preached about the Lord’s Supper for four weeks before the first Communion service with the themes of “Institution,” “True Meaning,” “Recipients,” and “Jesus, the Bread of Life.” Although this series of messages blessed many, they became a stumbling block to a young couple. Their faith that all religions ultimately serve the same God eventually led them out of our mission work. They said they were grateful for all the love they received from us. I was once again reminded that the Church is a body of faith in Christ before it is a community of love.
“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…” (1 Cor 12:13)
The loss of this family brought many thoughts and sorrows to me, but God gave me another opportunity to preach the gospel. This man has two businesses which are shutting down. Due to financial problems, his wife is asking him for a divorce. To make matters worse, he had a car accident the day before our Bible study, and his car had to be scrapped.
In this situation, I met with this man, and we studied the book of Romans together. We met once or twice a week for Bible study and fellowship to lead him to Christ. Soon after, he confessed that he acknowledged God’s existence and believed in the resurrection of Jesus. It turns out that this man used to be an anti-Christian activist. He often persecuted his brother, who is a pastor, and his sister, who is a missionary. However, God has power to soften this man’s heart through various situations and ultimately save him. He now says that he wants to be a servant of righteousness, not a servant of sin. Please pray for the growth of his faith.
“… the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” (Rom 1:16)
My family is staying in peace by the grace of God. Isaac is now four and a half years old, and John will soon be two years old. This year my wife is home schooling Isaac. We are now praying for the best schooling for our children. I teach as well, since sometimes my wife is more worn out because of various housework and childcare and many helps to ministry. For Jin, God sent her cousin to San Francisco last year from Korea. So, occasionally we are able to enjoy a trip with her when she visits us. We are even more grateful that she has begun going to church. Recently, we all went to a hot spring in Canada. The snowy mountains were even more beautiful as we enjoyed the warm water. God is truly gracious.
I ask for your continued prayers for our family and for the many people that this ministry serves. I believe that the glory of God will be shown. The grace of God be with you.
“Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.” (Ps 33:22)
Rev. Myungjoong (Andy) Yong