L'Abri Newsletter, January 2012
January 31, 2012
Dear Praying Family,
As the cold weather persists, news reports show an increasing number of cold and flu outbreaks. I am no exception, as I have been sick for 2 weeks as well. I’m anxiously looking forward to the arrival of the warm spring.
Thankfully, our heating system was repaired just in time for the beginning of a new term in January. We are grateful to our Lord and all who joined us in the effort through prayer and gifts.
We held the year’s first School of Christian Worldview from January 10 to 14. About 70 people attended the classes. We had to hold most sessions at the nearby Bulbaragi lodge (in the scenic Micheongol Forest) because L’Abri was too small to hold all the students and visitors. The typical cost of lodging at Bulbaragi is beyond what our students can afford; but the owner gave us a special discount because he appreciated the purpose of our program. I hope and pray that someday he may find faith in Jesus.
People from all over the world joined us for Christian Worldview classes: we had visitors from England, America, Hungary, and Japan, in addition to Koreans from Seoul, Daegu, Jeonju, Geojedo, Kangwondo, and more. Participants’ age ranged from the 20s through the 50s. It is intriguing that people from such diverse background gathered together with one purpose in mind. I believe that the School was very meaningful to all participants. Please pray that the School of Christian Worldview may contribute positively to Christianity in Korea.
Our winter term continued after the School of Christian Worldview. Many people stayed with us during the Lunar New Year holidays. This meant that workers couldn’t travel to their hometowns to meet their families like many other Koreans do; but we had a great time with brothers and sisters in Christ celebrating the holidays with traditional New Year greetings, traditional games, and special food. We also remembered those who do not have a place to go, nor a family to celebrate together.
The term is still in progress, and L’Abri is alive with students and visitors reading books, conversing with one other, preparing meals, and chopping fire woods. The winter term runs through Feb. 10.
As for me, I regret to inform you that I will be leaving L’Abri at the end of the current term. As I stroll around L’Abri, I find that every corner has a meaning to me. Over the years, I have gradually realized that my knowledge of God is still lacking; and I have decided to focus on studying God’s Word, either in Korea or overseas. Please remember me and my family in your prayers.
After I leave, InKyung and KyungOk will be the only workers remaining. They would like to take a break after Feb. 10, for a few months. Please pray that they may restore their physical strength and become spiritually renewed during this much-needed break. Also pray that our Lord may send us new workers.
May our Lord’s grace be with you.
Translated by Oh-ig Kwon