I know it’s been a while since my last update. 4 months to be exact. Sorry, I’m so bad at updating. I’m not going to give you the whole update in now. I’m going to break it up to make the reading lighter. As I stated in the last update back in early November, the Discipleship Training School I was volunteering with, was a little past one month into the 3 month lecture phase. We had seen so much for our school until then. Students were getting breakthroughs in seeing who God is, faith was rising, and people were excited about Jesus. It was an exciting time. Our worship and prayer times were getting better and better. Students were getting hungrier and hungrier. Even though I saw this I was still struggling with the packed schedule we had as staff, having to go to all the lectures, prayer room sets, and all the other events we had each week, on top of discipling students and preparing for outreach. It was a very full schedule to say the least and sometimes I just wanted to miss some things. God gave me the grace to somehow make it to most things and looking back it was so worth it.
There was one guy that was in our class that I had the hardest time discipling. This guy was probably one of the most passive and inexpressive people I have met. He would sit in the back of class and never participate. He barely talked. He would sit in the back of the prayer room by himself. When we talked he would never talk and I would have to pry things out of him to find out about him. I was so frustrated that I didn’t see the point of him going on outreach because I thought I would have to “pull teeth” everyday, just to get him to participate. And he was on my outreach team to Japan, which meant he was in my small group, and which also meant I had to spend time with him one on one. More about him later.
The rest of the lecture topics were Biblical World view in which Tom Osterhous stressed the importance having the Bible as our map in navigating this world. There were so many good examples of how things go wrong when people start letting the views of the world override the Bible, like in entertainment and government. The last lecture he talked about how ideas have consequences. He brought up good examples of communism and other ideas which led to many people being senselessly killed through genocides and other means. He showed how each regime had thousands to millions of people killed. Here are some of the regimes and the consequences of the idea of Communism.
The Cost of Communism(Number of Deaths)
East Germany 100,000
North Korea 2-3.5 Million
The topic after that was Holy Spirit this was a really good week because Kenny Peavy showed us how to wait on the Holy Spirit. This was also the week in which finance deadlines were due. We had to have all the unpaid lecture and outreach fees in. One time we had an offering time in which we put names of the people who needed their outreach fees on the board. We prayed and asked God who to give to and how much and also if there was anyone we needed to contact about giving. We saw $16,549 come into our school in like an hour. This is also the week in which my really passive student got rocked. It happened during a ministry time in which Kenny Peavy did Holy Spirit Baptism. I was out that morning because I had to take care of some stuff. When I came back they were right in the middle of ministry. I saw one of my other staff members with the passive student and the staff was screaming all the truths of God to him. He was telling him that he was not meant to be silent and that he was created with a voice and so on. That he was a warrior. He got him to stand on a chair. I went over and helped. I told him that he needed to scream out. And he did. It was so awesome. He was emotional and everything. Everyone was so excited when he did it. I felt like a proud father at the little league world series and my boy just hit a home run.
The topic after that was worship and intercession. During this lecture Jiwan Bae discussed the importance of true worship. Jinhee Yim also taught on the importance of intercession. It was during this week, we had a final deadline for outreach fees so we did another offering. Some students needed like as much as $4,000. This time we saw $98,000 come in for the whole school in 5 hours! Wow, come on!!!! Students and people from outside gave. It was so crazy to see students get their deficit amounts lower and lower to zero. By the end of class every student was paid in full except for 2 families, who got all their funds later. Both these families needed like $20,000 to go but they got most of it through donations. God is such a provider and this is an example of how He miraculously provided.
Then the following week was corporate week in which some of the campus leaders talked about various topics. We did a lot of practical application during this week in which we preached to each other and prayed fervently for each other. The following week was on revival and missions in which the speaker gave us real life examples of his ministry in a dangerous part of the world, which really stirred something in our students hearts. This was the last week before we were to go on outreach.
Also as I mentioned before, my mom was getting her own experiences with God in a Discipleship Training School for Koreans on the same campus. It was so good to see her and talk to her about the amazing things she was experiencing. One week my mom’s DTS did an inner healing called plum line where people would share their painful experiences in front of the whole class and the leaders would pray for them and help them get healing from that. My mom didn’t want to do it because she was scared of what others thought of her. She had so many wounds from family and other people. I encouraged her and prayed for her to do it and eventually she did. She got so much out of it, because she went back to when she was little. Seeing my mom having such a good time in DTS made my experience when I was going through hard times easier. She was shining in the way God made her. Everyone in her school and others on campus loved her because she is so funny and the life of the party. I was so pumped seeing my mom going through this and anticipating her getting to experience outreach too.
Thanks for everything guys:)