God has brought JG to Life!
God has brought JG to Life!
When I was in seminary, there was a small lake nestled in the middle of the campus that I frequented to enjoy its beauty. During the Chicago winter, the entire lake would freeze over, but by the beginning of June, the lake would come to life as the sun peered out and hundreds of tadpoles swarmed along the edge of the water. The place was teeming with life!
When I think of what’s happening to JG right now, this is what comes to mind?a ministry teeming with life as it enters into the summer season. Since this past December, our high school ministry has been experiencing a wave of spiritual awakening. The number of students getting baptized/confirmed has gone up from 5-7 people on average to 27 students for this Spring. Additionally, we have nearly 30% of our entire HS ministry going on summer missions this year?that’s 60 students! We also have students who started and led meetings faithfully every Tuesday night to simply pray and read the Bible together. The list goes on and on, but I just wanted to share these few things to show how God has been so good in bringing JG to life.
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with each of the students participating in the Spring Baptism. I asked them to share their faith journey and how they came to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As each of them shared, I noticed that many of them would trace their faith back to Promiseland, where they heard the gospel. Upon entering middle school, their faith continued to mature through the ministry in All-Stars. A lot of students shared that it was during one of the retreats into All-Stars that they gave their lives to the Lord and started taking their faith more seriously.
It’s true that JG is experiencing a spiritual awakening. The students are responding to the Gospel, and actively seeking how to serve God with all the talents that they’ve been entrusted. But as I heard each of our students’ testimony, I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 3:5-7:
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
The students’ testimonies make it clear that this spiritual awakening is not done by one person or through one ministry. Rather, it’s the collective effort of the whole church coming together and ministering to the students at different stages of their lives.
I look at each department at our church as a water station in a marathon race. As the runners pass by, the people in various water stations are there to provide water and cheer them on so that they can make it to the next water station. And then next, then next, and so on, until they finish the race. Our students at KCPC are also racing, and the track they are on is life itself. As they go through life, our job is to encourage and support them at various stages of their lives, pointing them to Jesus and reminding them that there is a great reward waiting at the finish line. And as we help our students run this race well, we celebrate together in the co-laboring of the ministry of the Gospel.
And in all of this, we give thanks and glory to God, for it is He who gives growth for eternal salvation!
글/JG 정상진(Philip Chung) 목사