Day 9 - Defender of the Weak and Hope to the Hopeless
Jonathan: 오늘의 사역지는 특별한 친구들이 가는 학교의 갔다. 처음에 정 목사님이 말씀하셨을때는 실감이 나지않았다. 왜냐하면 정말 나는 그런 친구들과 함께 일하고 만나본적이없었다. 아침을 먹고 가는길에 정말 걱정이 많았다. 버스안에서 내가 정말 그들을 사랑할수있나 고민을 했다. 그래서 가는동안에 기도를 했다. 어떤 기도를했냐면 예수님이 저를 사랑하신것같이 제가 그들을 사랑할수 있개 해달라고했다. 드디어 도착을 했다. 그런데 막상 얘들을 만나니깐 두려웠다. 정말 어떡해 대해야할지 몰랐다. 그런데 막상 만나고 그들을 알아가니깐 정말 재밌었다. 그런데 거기있는 아이들은 반이 말을 못했다. 그렇게 30분동안 얘들이랑 친해지는 시간이있었다. 그러고 나서 공연을 시작했다. 힙합댄스를 하는데 어떤 여자아이가 나와서 같이 춤을 췄다 그 모습을 보니깐 정말 나도 행복해졌다. 그러고 우리의 공연이 끝나고 우리는 각 교실로 나눠 그들의 수업하는 교실로 들어갔다. 그들의 수업하는 교실은 그닥 좋지았았다. 좋았는데 뭔가 살짝 부족한 느낌이들었다. 창문에는 창문이없었고 화장실 문에는 손잡이가 없었다. 그러고 계속거기서 있었을때 한 아이가 계속 나를 때렸다. 왜냐하면 갑자기 낯선 사람들이 많이 오니깐 얘들이 스트레스 받고 불안해서 그런거였다. 하지만 그떄에 내마음에는 정말 사랑하는 마음 밖에 없었다. 그때에 정말 나는 기도의 힘을 느꼈다 왜냐하면 예수님이 날 사랑하신것 처럼 그들을 사랑할수있었기 때문이다.. 그러고 다른 교실에 가서 정말 그들을 위해 기도를 하는데 울뻔했다. 왜냐하면 시간이 너무 짧았다. 그들이 예수님을 말하고 이해하기에는 부족한 시간이였다. 사역을 마친후에 숙소로 돌아와 예배를 드렸다. 목사님이 좋은 말씀을 나눴다. 그 구절은 마태복음 9장 35절에서 38절이다. 거기에서 예수님이 병든자들과 약한자들을보고 불쌍히 여겨 제자들한테 추수할것은 많은데 일꾼이적으니 그러므로 추수할 일꾼들을 보내 주소서 라고 말씀하셨다. 정말 그때에 나는 기도를 했다. 내가 그 일꾼이 될테니 저에세 믿음의 확신과 깨끗하고 명확한 콜링을 달라고 기도를했다. 그래서 저의 기도제목은 아직 얼마남지않은 시간인데 저희가 정말 불쌀한 영혼들한테 우리가 가진 모든것을 쏟을수있게해주시고 저희 마음에 있는 두려움, 상처들 예수님 한테 올리고 담대 하게 나갈수있게 기도해주세요. 정말 미국땅에서 저희를 끝까지 기도해주셔서 감사합니다.
Hi everyone, this is Rachel Hong in Peru! I want to start out by giving a shoutout to my parents because I love you guys and miss you a lot and I hope you are actually reading this <3 Anyways, I'm really happy that I get to blog today because it was a super special day. Today was different from all of the other days we were in Peru because we went to a school for mentally disabled kids, and it was really really really eye opening. When we first arrived at the school, I saw a bunch of kids playing on the playground, but I quickly realized that all of these kids had different types of mental disabilities. When they came to us to play together and watch the performances, I sat next to this one boy who had Down syndrome and he immediately grabbed my hand and started to interact with me. He made me really happy and in that moment, I felt really thankful that we were able to have this experience. When the performances started, I sat next to another boy and he kept wrapping his action figure with a balloon and unraveling it. I tried to encourage him to enjoy the performances, but he seemed to be solely focused on his toy. That was when I realized that these kids were not paying attention to the performances and that they wouldn't be able to understand Pastor Philip's message either. That really broke my heart because they already live such hard lives and I started to realize that these kids wouldn't be able to fully understand the gospel which made me wonder how they would receive salvation. Because I have learned about the power of prayer during this trip, I just prayed that despite the restrictions that these kids had on their cognitive understanding, that God would give me a compassionate heart and that I could at least show them God's love through the time that we spent together. I really enjoyed the time that we spent at the school because it was so amazing to see the joy that these kids experienced by just playing instruments and dancing. However, it was honestly frustrating too not only because of the language barrier, but also because I didn't know what they were thinking and it was very hard to communicate with them. Nevertheless, this experience was really unforgettable because I was able to serve the kids and also because they reminded me that God loves all of His children so much and He places joy and blessings in all of His children's lives. When we got back to the seminary, Pastor Philip said that while the kids do have evident restrictions in their lives, they do develop and grow at a slower rate. Therefore, if there are people in their lives that have patience, compassion, and strong faith, they could help these kids know God slowly but surely. Pastor Phil read Matthew 9:32-38 and reminded us that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. In other words, there are so many people like the kids we met today who need saving, but people who know God need to take leaps of faith to share the gift of the gospel by walking with them over long periods of time and teaching them the gospel at their pace of life. It reminded me that the work we are doing here in Peru is so pleasing and glorifying to God and that our team is a vessel for God to work in His children. I'm just so glad that I got to come to Peru and I'm excited for the remaining few days that we have here :-)
Ryan: This whole experience was just a blessing to me and my spiritual journey with God. We usually go to schools or churches to perform dances, skits, and songs to children. Today was a special day because we visited a school where kids are in special needs. We started off with the two worship dances and the animal skit. I am in the arts and crafts team and throughout this whole trip, we haven’t used our backdrop or frames. BUT FINALLY we got to use what we have been preparing for this whole mission trip. We all went to each classroom and took a photo of each student and it was just an amazing feeling. We chose to use polaroid cameras because we could give the child the photo right at that moment. After 2 hours of sharing moments with these amazing kids, it was lunch time. The whole team hasn’t had breakfast so we were starving and I chowed down my food instantly. Then new students came and we repeated the exact same process. Our team prays for each school we go to, and that’s what I think God made this team for. Our team prays so powerfully and faithfully it touches every single heart we met so far. I really feel this is my turning point on my spiritual road with the gospel. I have been finally reading the bible every single day and I have received the gift of prayer. I would like to thank Pastor Phil and Pastor David for really pushing to my potential and sharing the word with me. Every night I look forward to praise and worship because I really do feel the presence of God in the room and my love pours out to him. I will keep on praying and going to each Peruvian school to spread the word. I have met brothers and sisters on this team whom I would never even think about talking to at JG. This whole mission has changed me in a much better way and taught me many things. I grew closer with my brothers because sharing each others life stories really made us into a family. Ever since Culpeper to now, I’ve received so much love and I am glad to be a part of this team. I miss my family and I love you guys so much! Cant wait to see you guys in a couple of days! #Kwak #Family
Jasmine: (I’m sorry in advance if I’m not making any sense, I’m running off of like 4 hours of sleep) So today we went to a disabled/special needs school and I was honestly really excited because I’ve worked with kids in the special ministry group at church since I was at a young age. It was a lot more chaotic than I expected it to be but my heart really broke for these children because I realized that they wouldn’t be able to experience the gospel like how our team experiences it and I was so amazed at the amount of patience and kindness the teachers had for their students. I think God was really present in our group even in the midst of us wondering why we were brought there by giving us strength in the times of our weaknesses. We were also able to pour out all our love onto those children because God first loved us. I realized that everyone is the same whether you have a disability or not because we’re all sinners. During debriefing, P Phil answered the question that was most frequently asked today: Do people with limitations go to heaven or hell? He told us first to list all the characteristics of God and they were compassion, kindness, faithfulness, loyalty, etc and whatever decision God makes will be made in his good judgment given the circumstances because it will be made within the circle of his characteristics. We read Matthew 9:32-38 and 2 Samuel 12:15-23 and it made so much more sense and I was able to end the day in prayer by asking for more hearts to be convicted to dedicate their lives in faith of teaching the gospel to those who are limited to understanding it.
Jennie: Hellooo readers. I’ve been waiting for a special day to write about, and I believe today was THE day. When Pastor Philip first told us yesterday that we would be visiting a school for kids with mental disabilities, I was honestly confused and dreading today. I already knew how bad I was with children because I’m really introverted and my past experiences with mentally disabled kids had been draining for me. While we were at the school, I felt so discouraged seeing how the kids didn’t pay attention to our performance and the staff was busy calming them down, so I thought to myself that even they weren’t able to listen to our message of the gospel. Seeing how Pastor Philip canceled preaching the usual sermon, I started to think that our efforts were going to be wasted. After spending time with the first group of kids in their classrooms, Pastor Philip regrouped the team and told us how 사모님 sensed an evil spirit within one of the staff. He talked to that lady and found out that she was a spiritualist who believed that chakras in our bodies needed to be aligned so that we may be able to achieve our pure human state; she had been teaching the kids in her class chants. I felt so much sadness for these people who are defenseless against these evil spirits that entered those walls. Despite this discovery, I still felt discouraged that these kids wouldn’t be able to receive salvation because they were physically limited to understand the gospel. This sort of mindset remained with me throughout the day until worship after dinner. Pastor Philip answered the group’s general question: How could kids like them understand the gospel and go to heaven? Referring to Matthew 9:32-38, Pastor Philip talked about how Jesus had compassion for the people in the cities and villages he visited when he saw that “they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” It broke my heart that, these kids had been unknowingly forced to participate in rituals that the spiritualist brought into her class. When I read about the famous mission verse, Matthew 9:37, I always think of it of how it’s about missionaries being called to spread the gospel to all people, but I never specifically thought that it applied to the mentally disabled too. Pastor Philip went on to say that there are even more mentally disabled people outside of the school we went to, in every nation of this world. There are so many of them who need people to be faithful to the Word and patiently teach the gospel to them. In one of the classes I visited, the teachers taught the kids “jugar” (which means “to play” in Spanish). Even though they learned it over the years, it showed how these kids were capable of learning, it would only take almost years. In light of this, the world needs patient and compassionate teachers and missionaries who could teach them the gospel which may take many years. The harvest of those kind of people are plentiful, it’s just that they are in need of laborers who would sacrifice their lives and comfort to spread the gospel to all His children. The church in general looks away from these people and should be putting more effort into reaching out to these people instead of investing resources in to the growth of the church. Instead of building up the church, we need to build it up by adding the mentally disabled as members of the church. I pray that God will convict more people to see the importance of this service and send them out to the mentally disabled in the world. Our last song, God of the City, moved me and reminded me that even though we have two days of ministry left, we cannot let our efforts of filling the spirit of God within Peru go to waste. For the first time, I felt so refreshed after worship because I was filled with so much determination to make these days last. Hopefully God will truly move within this team, and we can bring home great news of God’s presence in Lima. Till then, byeee!!!!!
- Because of our time at the disability school, the director's heart opened to Christianity and agreed to come to church this Sunday! Please pray that she will come to believe in Jesus Christ, and as a result, turn this disability school into a Christian disability school and the many precious children come to faith.