L'Abri Newsletter, February 2011
February 8, 2011
Dear Praying Family,
As you may have heard from the news broadcast, Yangyang had a big fire ever since 2005 due to dry weather condition that left many suffer. Let us pray for those who lost their homes when they should be joyous with their friends and family over the lunar new year holiday. L’Abri thankfully was not affected by the fire for it was located at a distance. However, it is not a fire proof place without God’s protection. Thank you to all who have worried and called us to know we were safe.
Although we had little snow in January, L’Abri had a cold and bustling winter session. While we had few long-term students, we had over 200 short-term students and visitors. In addition, we had Christian Ethics Action Group teachers, ministers from churches, missionaries, African refugees, couple for marriage counseling, shelter seekers, and local church people to watch weekly movies together.
Furthermore, together with Yangyang Central Methodist Church, L’Abri held weekly bible study meetings for a month in January. The meeting, where InKyung and EunChol preached on Psalm, was attended by the church congregation, L’Abri family members, and local residents. It was an opportunity to share God’s word and His grace. It was more enriched by personal delivery of invitation letters designed by InKyung to non-Christian neighbors, hot tea served by L’Abri female workers, and snacks prepared by pastor’s wife from the church. We hope more and more people will yearn for God’s word in Yangyang by this occasion.
Our encounter with African refugees at the end of the term reminded us why we are here. I had a conversation with one of them, a passionate Nigerian pastor-to-be under training at U.S. military church. He pointed out Korean churches did not talk about Jesus anymore. I wanted to explain to him that he did not know better of Korean churches as a foreigner but couldn’t. His comment led me to Paul’s exhort to the corrupted church in our bible study on Colossians last autumn;
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17) “Word of Christ” in Colossians, according to bible scholars, means everything about Jesus including His own word, act, and knowledge of who Christ is. In other words, it refers to the very Jesus who is alive to this day. And Paul entreats us to live with Him today. To do so, Paul recommends us to teach and admonish one another. If this attempt fails, we should make songs of his teaching and sing all the time. It is because out of Christ comes all ethics of Christian living and power to follow. Therefore, Christian thanks are based on the strong foundation of Christ never on self-hypnosis or self-help of positive thinking. If church is under attack on ethical problems, we cannot find resolution in changing our outward behavior or attitude or public relation; the bible tells us to return to Christ.
I pondered on this matter and related to myself. What does it mean to me to return to Christ? My first answer to this question was humility. I needed to get out of my pride of knowing and having experienced Christ too well and humble myself before Christ and gospel yet to be searched. I have decided to pray on this subject for this year.
Here are our prayer requests for L’Abri. First, I would like to share with you prayer of thanks. In-Su Kim Scholarship Foundation, founded to commemorate late Elder InSu Kim who was a professor at management school of Korea University, decided to donate 3 Korean million Won (about 3,000 USD) annually for L’Abri students and training of L’Abri workers for 3-5 years years. Please pray that this scholarship will be used wisely for the poor students and workers’ training.
Long and dear friends of L’Abri, MinHyun and BoKyung Park, moved near to L’Abri after selling their home and business in Daegu on February 8th. We ask you to pray for them to get used to life in Yangyang as they have come to help L’Abri.
For InKyung and KyungOk’s family, please pray for the PhD thesis of their elder son KiJin and recovery of HaeJin’s ailing back so that she may complete her study, and college entrance of EuiJin.
Please continue to pray for EunChol and EunHa, as they are waiting for God’s guidance for their next ministry. We also ask you to pray for their daughters, GaHee and HanHee, to stay healthy during winter and to get adjusted to schooling.
MoKyung is making a slow progress in recovering from cold since last winter semester. Please pray for her quick recovery, her father’s salvation, and new role as an accountant from February.
JiHo and JiMin, ChunSung and SuYeon’s children, are moving to a new day care center. We would appreciate if you pray for their settlement in a new place.
L’Abri will open from February 11th until April 5th for spring semester. Please pray that students and visitors in need of L’Abri will come and God will provide for workers and L’Abri financially.
Lastly, I pray for your health during this cold winter season. May you stay in Christ and lead a life of thankfulness. Take care.
ChunSung from Yangyang L’Abri
Translated by Mokyung Choi