Greetings from Namibia!!
Yes, I am still here, I am so ashamed that I have neglected the updates of the newsletter. With passing time, it became hard to start writing. I became convicted that I have been neglectful to my supporter as they deserve more from me. Please forgive me!! With that I have started again with renewed conviction to be faithful to those back home.
I has been over a year since I’ve come to Namibia, and God have been so gracious to me in all aspect of my life and ministry here. It gives me such pleasure and joy in serving and teaching the amazing youths of Havana area. I have continued ministering to the youths of Agape Youth with Steve and Seoyeon Hong and the Korean missionaries of We Love Africa Foundation.
Here are some updates, end of last year, after my dental licensing exam in December 2017, my family had informed me that my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer and was scheduled for surgery day after Christmas. This was shocking and distressing news, this was one of my greatest fear I had to resolve and surrender before God when He called me to Namibia. By God’s grace, my heart found a surprising peace that surpasses all understanding. Graciously, my home church, New Hope Fellowship, offered to pay for a plane ticket home so that I can be there for my mom during this ordeal. Thank you New Hope for your amazing gift. Even with a little complication, my mom is cured of cancer with no radiation or chemotherapy! Praise to God for His loving kindness. and goodness.
I returned to Namibia in early January 2018, to continue ministering to the youths of Agape Youth. I was also informed that I have failed the licensing exam, and I have been waiting for another exam date. Every Sunday, we gather together as Max, which was recently expanded and renovated by the generous donors for Sunday Worship. Every week we are joined by 80-100 youths coming from all parts of Havana area.
Every week, I get together with the youngest members of AY for First Step 2004. Those who are able, meet with me every Saturday morning to go over “New City Catechism”, answering the basic questions of our faith and doctrine.
Every Friday, I get together with the older ladies of AY. “Virtuous Woman” stems for the Proverbs 31 woman, we get together to study the book “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George. We study the Word of God to be a women after God’s heart. As the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 was skillful with her hands to create for her home and friends, we learn to crotchet to create crafts for the home as well. Recently, as we have completed the study, but I continue to connect with them and build on the relationship.
During the week, we had a student led “Koinoia groups” in three different locations. They get together to read the Bible and pray together. In the upcoming year, we are thinking of reorganizing the groups. Instead of being student led, I will be leading the groups, great opportunity for connecting with the youth and discipleship. Please pray for guidance and wisdom.
Once a month, as a group, the Agape Youth members go out to their neighborhood for Outreach/Evangelism. They find other youth in the area to share the gospel and invite them to come to Sunday service. We are so encouraged by their joy and boldness in sharing the gospel to others.
But the highlight of the year has to be the Agape Youth Bible Camp 2018 in August. This is our 4th camp, every year we are joined by a team from my home church New Hope Fellowship in New York. What made this year more interesting is that Steve and Seoyeon were not with us for camp. Due to change in Steven’s work, the Hongs were back in States for months, April to August, we were hoping their return would be before the camp time, but that was not what God wanted for us this year. It was definitely a challenge for me to continue the ministry on a daily bases and prepare for the camp by myself. God was so gracious, even with all my inadequacy and weaknesses, He allowed us to have a great camp with attendance of 130 youths and 26 team members from New Hope Fellowship that have blessed our youths again this year!
As I reflect on my time here in Namibia this past year, my heart is filled with humility and gratitude. God has always been here for me through the struggles and the joys and there were many of both. To God be all glory and honor in all my joys and weaknesses, for opportunities He has open for serving his precious children in Namibia, also to work along side with wonderful servants of God from both US and Korea. God has always provided for me, but I praise God for providing the means for me to stay here in Namibia, He has allowed me to receive a work permit recently. This will allow me to work and stay in Namibia for next two years!! This will also allow me to travel back and forth from New York with no worry of re-entry into Namibia. By the time you receive this newsletter, I will be in New York area for the holidays and my parents birthday. I hope to connect with you while I’m in the States.
Please pray for unity within our team in We Love Africa Foundation, that there will be no miscommunication of languages and culture.
Please pray for faithfulness to God of the Agape Youth members and my own faithfulness to God as we seek Him and worship Him everyday. May God produce many disciples that will honor Him and continue His kingdom work.
Please pray for continued ministry here in Namibia, we invest and plan for upcoming year, but God is the one that transform hearts and lives. May His will be done in all things.
On a personal note, please continue to pray for health of my parents, especially my mom. We will be celebrating their 80th birthday this year and we are hoping that they could come visit me in Namibia next year, pending my mom’s health. The recovery from the surgery have been slow.
Please pray for my personal walk with God. I face much isolation and loneliness here. I pray and ask for your prayers that in those times of hardship and struggle that it is Him that I seek for purpose, significance and strength.
Pray that I will be faithful in reaching out to my supporters with timely updates.