It is hard to believe that it has been now 3 months since my arrival in Namibia. My time MTI program in Colorado Springs informed and prepared me of the challenges of the transition times in the mission field, and by the grace and protection of God the overall transition to Namibia have been smooth. I am so grateful to all the people that God placed here in my life. Steve and Seoyeon have been my anchor, I am so thankful to them for support and friendship. I am so humbled by the dedication of the Korean missionaries here, they have so graciously accepted me into their community.
In some ways, last three months to me have gone so fast, there were weeks and days when I was so overwhelmed with logistical things I needed to do to get settled here. The ordeal and process were stressful and hectic; from getting bank accounts, finding and renting a place, finding and buying a car to renewing my working visa and applying for a work permit. In each event, I was reminded of the differences and challenges of living in Africa. So many paperworks and timing of meeting the right people at the right time and the frustration of understanding, that what they said was not what they really meant are few of the realities that I’m not in America anymore.
But in other ways, last three month have been the longest three months of my life. In each event and ordeal came with the challenge of “waiting”, everything in Namibia takes so much time. It is the balance of being patient and waiting for things to happen verses calling then over and over again for the answer. I still have not quite mastered the balance yet. In each event, I’ve received many advices and assistances from my team (Steve, Seoyeon and Korean missionaries) here, without them and their support I would not have survived the last three months. Everyday, I am reminded of God’s amazing grace and His Sovereign reign in my life…not one thing can happen without His hand and mercy. God always provide everything I need and them some. My constant dependence on others and most completely and definitely on God is humbling state that I come to cherish. I am so grateful to all the people who have prayed and supported me, I thank God for your giving heart and pray for your continuous partnership in this mission for God’s glory and kingdom.
God’s Ministry in Namibia
As an new member (intern) of the We Love Africa Foundation, I have been observing and participating in the various ministries of the WLAF.
King’s Kids and Smart Kid’s
Every Sunday, each Korean missionary team, has service for “King’s Kids” in three different locations in the Havana Region, and during the week, the three locations also has kindergarten school “Smart Kids” for the kids in each locations. The local teachers are hired and trained by the Korean missionaries. These are on going ministries for WLAF.
Child – Sponsorship Program (미소나눔)
Another ministry of WLAF is child-sponsorship program. Similar to the World Vision organization, the missionaries contacted and set up sponsorships with Korean donors who would regularly support a child in need in Havana. Every month, on one Saturday, the missionary would provide to each sponsored child food and supply like sack of rice, pasta, oil, maze (corn meal) and soap. This provide for them a month supply of livelihood for this child and family.
When the kids get older and graduates from the “King’s Kids” , they are strongly encouraged to join Agape Youth Group for Sunday Service. Every Sunday, our brother Steve Hong provide the message for the youth and we (some of the missionaries and I), serve as small group leaders to teach and minister to the members more personally.
Agape Youth Praise Team and Discipleship
Every Saturday Steve leads, selected members of the Agape Youth praise team and discipleship to study the Word and practice. Here they are challenged to study and memorize the Scripture and live their faith everyday. We pray that God will grow future leaders from this group.
Agape Youth First Step
Since my arrival to join the team, recently, I started the “Agape Youth First Step”. As Steve provide discipleship and training for older faithful members, AYFS is for the youngest members of Agape Youth. I gather kids that just came up from the King’s Kids to give them extra support and foundational teaching of the gospel and Scripture. This way the kids would be able to better understand the messages given by Steve every Sunday. I pray that these young people will be encouraged and grow, to organically transitioned into Agape Youth Praise team and discipleship. These are some of the members of my group:
During the week, few members of the youth group wanted to meet for prayer and Bible reading together “koinonia groups”. There are three different groups meeting together in the area near where they live. Starting next week, as I get familiar with driving to the areas, I will be joining them, not as a leader, for they are lead by their own member, but as a supervisor/supporter of each group.
Outreach and Evangelism
Once a month, as a group, the members of the AY go out for outreach, evangelizing to other youths in the area, sharing the gospel and inviting them to come to the youth service. I was so encouraged by these kids, for their courage and dedication.
Looking Forward to New Hope Team and Youth Camp!!
I am so excited to have the team from New Hope join us in August. It will be so wonderful to see familiar faces and reconnect with my family. I’m so excited to see what God will do this year with the members of Agape Youth as we partner together for the camp. Can’t wait to see you guys!!
Please continue to pray for the various ministries of We Love Africa Foundation.
Please continue to pray for the upcoming NHF team and preparation for the camp.
Please pray that God will prepare the hearts of the AY members to receive the message God has prepared for them.
Please continue to pray for the team here in Namibia for unity in mission for God.