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Beginning in Christ




   I’m ecstatic that our church’s English Ministry finally started! I remember when Pastor Han approached me about English Ministry. Honestly, at that time, I did not have a heart to serve.
It was a couple of months I changed churches and I was tired, I liked my small group with KM Coram Deo, I enjoyed the peace after so many years of weariness and search for something I was looking for. However, I still listened carefully because I knew I would eventually end up serving. I prayed about English Ministry after that day and asked and told God that if it was His will for me to be there, then He would give me the heart to love and serve others. It didn’t come right away and I knew it was going to take time, but God opened my heart and eyes to see the needs and have a loving heart towards this ministry and His children.
   
I knew all the ICY leaders since I served with them as I transitioned into this church and I loved serving with them. However, coming into Hesed, I knew I wouldn’t be serving next to them, but serving them. Our EM members, many who are our ICY leaders, are so dedicated, loving, kind, funny, hardworking, and selfless. They put their students first and they will go out of their way to attend and love our ICY students and the church. Because they poured out all of their hearts, it was natural for them to feel tired and experience hardships as they were serving. Serving should be something we all enjoy, omething we all want to do, not because we feel obligated or we need to serve. But our EM members’ dedication and heart for our ICY students was amazing. They needed to be filled; they needed to feel loved as much as our ICY students and I am more than happy to serve my brothers and sisters in Christ. 1When we had our first small group, it was so nice to actually sit down and share what was going on in our lives and not worry about time or what we need to get done for ICY. Whenever we sat down together as a group, it was about ICY and our students. We did have some time to share about ourselves briefly, but sharing in depth about what is going on with our lives, what God is trying to teach us, where God is taking us, and where we are spiritually was SO GOOD. I really enjoyed everyone’s company and what they had to share about what was going on in their lives. Sharing our prayer requests also allowed us to be honest, more vulnerable, and just open our hearts towards one another.
   
A couple of weeks ago, Coram Deo Young Adult’s ministry joined us for worship and I absolutely loved it! I loved how we came together as one body of Christ and even though we didn’t know each other and despite the language and culture barrier, we were able to get along and introduce ourselves, and become a little bit more familiar with one another. It may have been a challenge for some people because everything was in English but I appreciate their effort and support. I think we had a great time playing games and eating afterwards. I would love to see KM and EM come together more often not only in church occasions but also outside of church.
   
I expect so much from God for this ministry. I know God has been watching how dedicated and selfless our EM members were as they served and pulled through all this time. Our Hesed English Ministry will be a ministry that really glorifies God, be rooted in His word, overflowing with His love and grace, and form a community where genuine God’s love and word is present. I really appreciate our Pastors, Missionary Lim, and Deacons for working so hard and supporting our EM members in any way they can. Starting this ministry, many people are showing sincere love towards our EM members. Having a feeling of being part of a church and a community is so important in our walk with God and I am thrilled that our EM members have a place to go to, a community to share their lives with. I would like to ask our InChrist Community Church to support our English Ministry with prayer and love. I want our whole church to be excited and support Hesed English Ministry. Even though our language, our culture, and our ways may be different, we are still one church and one body of Christ. Just like our church name “In Christ,” we want to experience the whole church becoming one, in Christ.