January 2019

My dear American Friends:

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Greetings from 62 children of Geon Christian Children’s Home, hundreds of students of Seoul Christian University, thousands of Gospel Radio listeners, Churches, and Christians all over Asia! The first scripture I ever memorized in my life was John 3:16. And the second one was Mt. 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and learn of me.”

2018 was difficult year for us, with sickness, financial difficulties, governmental pressure and what not, but the more difficult it was, we felt closer to Jesus taking a yoke beside us, and I feel that we finished the year victoriously as always. Besides, we have better vision of peace in Korea and our children have brighter future with the Gospel in hand and the love of Christian friends like you.

At the year end staff meeting at Geon Christian Children’s Home, which was the day after Christmas, I told the teachers three real stories of Christmas that happened during wartime. First, during the first World War on Christmas eve, French soldiers were fighting the German soldiers in the trenches ready to shoot and kill the enemies. When the sun rose, suddenly one French soldier started to sing “silent night” quietly. Soon, other soldiers joined. Not long after, they heard the German soldiers joining in from the other trenches. After awhile, they even crawled out of the trenches, joined hand to hand and sang “Joy to the world” together. After awhile, they crawled back into the trenches and started to shoot…and that’s a real story of Christmas.

The second story is the story of the Second World War. You know that it started on Dec. 8 by Japanese Pearl Harbour attack. According to the story, the Japanese attack leader pilot, Col. Fujita, became a faithful Christian worker after the war. The motive for his conversion was that he heard of an American nurse at the camp of Japanese prisoners of war who was so kind and thoughtful to the Japanese prisoners. And the parents of the American nurse were missionaries to Philippines before the war and they had been killed by the Japanese soldiers at Philippines.

The last story is during the Korean War. In 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea and in Christmas time, 200,000 Chinese soldiers joined the invasion and the US Navy was retreating. Thousands of refugees followed the navy. The 7,607 ton US Navy ship, Meredith Victory (Capt. LaRue) was also retreating and there was no more room on the ship. Capt. LaRue decided to make room for 14,000 frozen Korean refugees and carried them to a southern island safely. Even five new babies were born on the trip. Three babies survived and grew up to be preachers. This story is well known among Korean people and it happened on Christmas.

During Christmas, our children received many presents thank to you, but I told them that the important thing is not what we receive, but what we give, like Faith, Repentance, and LIVES WE GIVE BACK TO GOD. Like Jesus said in Mt. 25:40, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Thanks to every one of you who prayed, loved and sent gifts to these children of ours.

I am enclosing a Happy New Year performance by our TAEKWONDO team. They can break tiles by hands and jump almost to the roof. I am encouraging them to practice to reach heaven.

Please pray for;
My wife, KOOK JA, She is sick, still working hard.

Yours because of Calvary,

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