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The People of God

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-05-26 (토) 21:50 조회 : 172
작성일 : 2018.05.27
작성자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin

Pastor’s Column – by Rev. Kyung Lim Shin

            For the Bulletin of the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

 

The People of God

 

A few weeks ago, during the sermon I talked to you about a project of Wesley Theological Seminary to send theological books to a seminary in N country so that they could establish a new Master of Divinity program to bring up more native educators for their seminary. The first thing I had done was asking the professors at Wesley to donate their books, but I expected to receive about two or three hundred books from them, as the professors had been previously asked to donate books for Central and South America and for Africa also. Exceeding my expectations, we were very happy to receive almost 1,000 books from our professors and our graduates. Our rejoicing was cut short after realizing many logistics problems in sending the books to the N country. Because of more serious restrictions imposed recently on Christian books, the Dean of the Seminary requests that we send only 3 or 4 boxes of books at a time at the interval of 3 to 4 weeks, addressed to different names. This means by next spring we will be able to send all of these collected books, which were piled high in my office temporarily.

 

We mailed the first batch of 4 boxes (100 books) and it cost $800.00, and that means we will need $8,000.00 to mail the next 1,000 books, and to mail the total of 4,000 books needed at the seminary, we will need $32,000.00. I was shocked at this estimate of needed funds and felt uncomfortable that these books were taking over the space in my office. Knowing the situation, an exhorter of our church sent me a text message to cheer me up; “Pastor, isn’t the mission supposed to be full of obstacles?  You are just planting the seed under very difficult circumstances, but our Lord will make things grow. Please do not stay disappointed but push forward, then you will be provided with some fellow workers by the Lord who plans for bigger things. Just imagine and look forward to the future glory and fruits from this mission.”

 

What an appropriate message! I said “Amen” to the message and immediately began to look for people who might travel to N country, hoping that each traveler could carry at least one box at a time.

 

The next morning, I was still thinking about this problem, when I welcomed the visitors from Korea to my office. Asked about what was going on in Southeast Asia, I told them about my current project of collecting books for the Seminary in N country and asked if they could take some books to Korea to keep them so that someday I could carry them to N country myself. I was so unprepared for their reaction; they said they would deliver the collected books to the Seminary in N country themselves. Right away they loaded 10 large boxes of books (about 650 books) on their rented bus. When I was looking for only a few people, our Lord sent me a busload of people of God to help me and solve the problem. Overwhelmed with thankfulness, I have been thinking how I, as a person of God, can be helpful to other people of God next. 


   

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