MARCH 2006

My Dear American Friends:

“I want to become me!” was his answer. I sometimes ask my children what they want to be when they grow up. Some want to be professors, some want to be soldiers, some want to be ministers, one wants to be a parking-lot attendant, but this child WANTED TO BE HIMSELF. And I rather liked that answer. I guess we all want to be, or pretend to be, someone else, sometime or other. And perhaps that’s why there are so much falsehood in this world. If only we all try to be “me,” as God intended us to be, perhaps we can straighten out some of the crooked ways of this world. Then, too, perhaps the true Peace will come. That reminds me of Paul’s description of our Lord Jesus Christ in 2 Tim. 2:13 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.”

The way our children grow amaze me. The things they say sometimes shock me almost to death, but I am happy to realize that I am growing with them. Christians always grow no matter how old they are. Sometimes they grow young, sometimes they grow old, but they grow. Physically speaking, people stop growing in their twenties, in fact, they start to die as their cells start to die. But spiritually speaking, our goal is no less than “being perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) So we will keep growing almost forever.

I learned something new last spring. A church member called me in the middle of the night and asked me to come to sleep in his house, for he keeps hearing strange moaning and groaning from under his floor. Believe me, I hate to get up in the middle of the night and go to a haunted house. In fact, I thought of taking a knife or hammer or even a wooden cross or something... In fact, these people heard that moaning for weeks and went to counsel with a spiritualist. And the spiritualist said, “It’s a dead man’s spirit. And I will get rid of it, if you pay me money.” (quite a bit of money) Anyway I went to sleep in their house that night... and you know what? I heard the moaning and groaning which made my hair stand up (Korean expression). But as I kept listening, the noise was not unfamiliar... kind of noise that I used to hear when I was a little child... noise that I used to listen to by a lake... a kind of frog, a bullfrog noise. And you know what? IT WAS A BULLFROG! You listen to it sometimes; it sounds like moaning and groaning. Ever since, I learned that things that scare in this world is nothing but bullxxxx.

Actually, most anything in this world is either false or temporary! Nothing is permanent. Everything of this world will burn up, and only what we do for Christ will remain forever. Have you heard about “Bell of Hiroshima?” Hiroshima is where the first Atom bomb was dropped and the bell is displayed in the memorial museum. A book was written about it. When the bomb was dropped, more than 100,000 lives were burnt up in a matter of second and even stones and iron were discolored, disfigured and melted like burning lumbers, but there was one thing that did not melt. It was a Church bell. Japanese called it a miracle and preserved it in a museum. I believe that it will be the same with this world. Everything that we treasure will melt and be destroyed. but WHAT WE DO FOR CHURCH, FOR CHRIST, WILL REMAIN FOREVER!

Korean school year starts in March, and these days, I am busy attending and speaking at the Graduation services. Our Christian College is graduating 100 servants of God again, and admitting 170 new students. I told them that it’s only the beginning of the narrow road. In these winter days with snow and ice, it’s narrow and slippery road, and I have seen more than a few servants slipped away. This is also sickness season, and we have been driving to the hospitals two-three times every day. I have seen most of everything in my life, but it’s always difficult to see the babies sick. We need your prayers!

Yours because of Calvary,

Yoon Kwon Chae