2 In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house
will be the highest of all—
the most important place on earth.
It will be raised above the other hills,
and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
3 People from many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of Jacob’s God.
There he will teach us his ways,
and we will walk in his paths.”
For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion;
his word will go out from Jerusalem.
4 The Lord will mediate between nations
and will settle international disputes.
They will hammer their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will no longer fight against nation,
nor train for war anymore.
“Isaiah reminds me that the way towards lasting and eternal peace is to worship God lovingly and to encourage others to do the same. Inviting others into a loving relationship with God is a step toward lasting peace on earth.”- ODJ
i think this week tops the other great week i had at BKK and Church Camp.
I attend the Young Methodist Leaders Conference over the past 4 days and I served as a mentor.
I didn’t quite know what to expect as it was my second time attending and first time attending as a mentor. During the Mentor’s Briefing held a month or so back, I remember feeling rather small, yet excited for what was to come. Because I just knew that it was going to be a worthwhile experience. And at the same time I though that it would be a good time to renew my relationship with God. I felt a little small because I wasn’t really a full time staff or pastor or anything of that capacity. But it didn’t bother me much because I knew those things wouldn’t matter in the end.
The day arrived and I was part of the team that went a day earlier. From Day 1, i could already feel the change in atmosphere. Where everyone was just full of love and compassion. As I didn’t know any other mentors prior to the trip, I spent the most of my time during my journey there observing the people around me. And I was deeply inspired. I wanted to be like them. How great it would be to be surrounded by people who Honor you and build you up and not tear you down?
They were just filled with so much ‘youthfulness’ even though many of them were not of youthful age. You can see the difference in someone who is filled with the joy of God that just shines through from their faces versus someone who is just satisfied by temporal things.
The games were really fun and I have to thank God for this bunch of amazing people who made it so easy for me to just help everyone get settled. They just broke lose so easily and started joking around within the first hour. haha. Thank God for that because I am not a social butterfly. lol.
Also met up with my group from 2 years ago for a short catch up. it was really great to see them!
A picture with everyone inside. haha they are such a fun bunch. lol.
What I learnt
I was truly amazed at how God took mercy on us all and showered His love and Grace by revealing Himself to us. He is able to work within each one of us and use our failures and setbacks to shine through and show His power. How God can truly transform the impossible. He is really the God who can move the mountains. I was deeply encouraged by my group as they shared how God worked in their lives. It was just proof to me that God is not only real in my life but in the lives of others. That there is true Hope when we put our faith and trust in the One Who Saves.
I also learnt that we need to take responsibility in Power. The workshop that I attended really was relevant to me. That I have the Power of God within me and because of that, I am able to do far GREATER thing through Him.
I also learnt that God can use the broken, the sinful to encourage others. I had the privilege of praying for many people during ministry time. They were all strangers who had come forward to receive intercession for various things they had on their mind. Prior to that, I told God that He would enable me and give me the wisdom to say the right things. Throughout the ministry time, I was just overwhelmed by the grace and love of our Lord. He told me that every child was precious to Him. Our identity lies in Him and nothing can take that away. I prayed for various people with various needs that they shared with me briefly. I remembered praying for one lady who had some issues in her workplace. As i prayed, I felt God prompting me to pray for her family. I was half uncertain because for all I know, her family could be doing great and I totally praying for the wrong things. But I prayed anyway, I thought that that would bring her comfort. When I ended the prayer, she told me that she indeed had some issues at home and she thanked me. I was just blown away.
How could God use me? I am but a mere servant, existing on earth??
Aren’t there more anointed people out there?
Then I realised that God’s Power is always there for us to tap onto. He doesn’t shy away from us only and all we need to do is to call upon His name.
I was just filled with awe that God would use me to bring comfort and peace to the people around me. and I, in turn was deeply moved and encouraged too.
The worship sessions that we had left a deep impression upon me. I have never been so EXCITED and just bursting with energy during worship. Just. Wow.
It was then that realised that there is nothing more beautiful in the eyes of God than His children bowed down in worship with hearts and hands lifted to the heavens. I was truly amazed and just speechless. I felt I could deeply connect with God through worship.
I suppose the next step would be, that what would we do with the experienced we had?
It’s not about the moving experiences, but how our experiences move us.
This was shared during the workshop. It so true. I want to move on and apply what I learnt. I am not contented where I am and I wish for GREATER. I am excited for the plans are bubbling within me. May God inspire me deeply.
I received more than i expected over the past 4 days. It was a time of spiritual rest and restoration and more than that, I just fell deeper in love with God. This experience caused me to crave more of Him, more of His goodness.
There were areas that I felt I can improve and need to work on. So I will spend some time reflecting on that as well.
With that said, I can’t wait for YMLC 2016.
this post is going to be about God (:
i suddenly felt the inspiration to blog my thoughts after spending a night out studying. it’s been 3 weeks since i have been here in korea and it’s been nothing short of awesome. indeed, God has surprised me with experiences i could have never obtained elsewhere. i can go on and on about the things i have been doing and the FOOD i have been eating whilst here. but right now, i am feeling overwhelmed by the revelation that has been bestowed upon me by God.
all my university life, i been surrounded by secular friends. i didnt even have one christian friend and i felt it was hard to find someone in school that can relate to my christian walk. so of course coming to korea, i didnt expect to make any christian friends.i would just do what i normally would in singapore and just keep to myself about my church life etc. but turns out, 1 christian friend became 2 and i soon realize i have a handful of christian friends in korea! i never would have expected that everrrr. actually now that i have christian friends, i dont really know what to DO about it? haha. doenst really make sense but i feel that i should take the chance to talk about my faith with them instead of avoiding the topic of God. sounds kinda odd but it’s true. i think God really came through in this area of my life of having christian friends outside church. i never would have thought it was possible, but God is amazing.
on top of that, i was approached by 3 girls today while on my way back from the supermarket after buying some boring groceries. haha. they talked to me about God. i politely obliged. but as we went into the conversation, it turns out, they were trying to convince me about something related to Christianity, yet pretty much the opposite of what i believe in. i was quite surprised, but i knew i had to walk away from that conversation. so i did. but as i was walking away, i wondered how many christians in s.korea actually believe in a different faith that what i assumed.
on the same topic of God, i thought i would also share my experience on attending the Yoido Full Gospel Church 1 week ago. being one of the largest churches and having the status of a megachurch, i knew i had to pay the church a visit. coming from a small church, ive always wondered what it was like to attend a church with a large congregation. my friend and i reached the church a little late due to the rain and we were trying to figure out where it was exactly. but it was obviously quite hard to miss. their building is huge. we were ushered to an area for foreigners and were given headsets that had live translation in a few languages. the sermon was pretty interesting and meaningful. we also partook in communion since it was the first sunday of the month. since it was such a large sanctuary, communion was done differently from what i was used to. instead of going up to the alter to kneel and be served bread and wine, they actually pass down the trays of bread and wine and you help yourself to it. also, the wine was REAL wine. and not grape juice. haha. they communion stewards do it in such an organized manner that communion was done within a quite amount of time. but what really struck me was when we engaged in a time of prayer. KOREAN PRAYER. back at home, we sometimes take part in korean prayer as part of prayer where we all pray out loud all at once. but when everyone started to pray out load in the large sanctuary, i was immediately touched by the holy spirit and felt so overwhelmed. the sound of prayer echoing through the hall just moved me to tears. the unity of prayer is just so amazing. i think that time of prayer was the most memorable for me. the service ended on the dot and people rushed out of the hall to allow the crowds to enter for the next service that was to be happening right after. the logistics for the church seem to work so smoothly it’s quite admirable. i wish i can find the time to attend their english service sometime before i leave.
i am really enjoying my time here in korea and i hope to be able to persevere in my korean langauge class. haha.