Recently I had the honor of ministering in my motherland, the Land of the Morning Calm. Although, in my recent visit, I realized that this land is far from Calm no matter the time of day. But that’s beside the point. Amidst the hustle and the bustle that would rival NYC or HK, I joined a band of Jesus followers who decided to carve out a weekend to seek restoration and revival for their tribe and for themselves. Hunger has a way of helping us carve out time.
Below are some images and thoughts that hopefully paint a picture of what we experienced by God’s love and grace. I now know that even though South Korea has been possessed by consumerism, materialism, and selfie-ism, when God’s people gather in His name (2 Chronicles 7:14), I am convinced that the Church in Korea will not only repossess the Land of the Morning Calm but will dig ancient wells of prayer and transform it to the Land of the Morning Star (Rev 22).
Recap of Retreat
The theme of the retreat was "Revival and Restoration," drawing its context from the Book of Lamentations. We focused primarily on the fact that although revival and restoration are good, the very need for it is nothing to be proud about. For something to be "revived" points to the reality of the "loss" of something that was once vibrant and alive. The only reason we need to be revived, and the cause for great lament, is due to the fact that God's people have forgotten their God. Therefore, I decided to focus heavily on the art and discipline of remembering.
And as we sought God together in prayer, God met us where we were at. The signs of the Spirit's breath and power were evident. Some received the gifts of the Spirit and others were getting "blasted" by God's presence and power. And all of us were being united in Christ! I am convinced that the fruit of the Spirit was and is unity. The Power Gifts are awesome, the manifestations are life changing, but what is most important is love... renewed love for God and an understanding of our need for our Brother/Sister.
Recap of Drop Box Meeting with Rev Lee
As you may already know, awhile back Ekko's Mary & Joseph's Ministry hosted a screening of The Drop Box. We were so inspired by Rev Lee's dedication that we decided to raise support for his ministry and family. Letters were exchanged and finally we were able to meet in person, share a meal, and pray together. I encourage you to come out to Ekko on Orphan Sunday (November 8th) where I will share a little bit of what Rev. Lee shared with us.
Recap of Yum Yum
I rarely take photos of meals. But honestly, I really want to remember these meals. These were the only ones I could post, I think I simply forgot to take pictures of the other meals because I was so engrossed at the moment.
Blessed by the Hospitality and the Welcome
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor..." - Ecclesiastes
I’d like to thank all the intercessors who prayed with us,
fasted for our trip, and sought God on behalf of folks they have never met.
Any fruit from this trip is yours to claim in the Kingdom Come.
I’d also like to thank Pastor Paul from Young Nak IWE for inviting us. Your courage and your endurance in the ministry is evident. What a joy to have spent time with you, your lovely family, and your tribe.
To the members in Young Nak IWE,
thank you for being so hospitable,
I hope to see you again sooner than later.
And to my sister-in-law and elder brother,
when I think of you, I think of Barnabas.
May God refresh you both as you continue to
pour yourself out for God's servants everywhere.
What an inspiration you guys are.
Till next time Korea, May Christ be victorious in you.