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David and Victoria Baek
In South Korea there are not many young people who follow God. They are running away from God and there are not many young people in the church. The weakest area for churches in South Korea is their youth ministries. Word of Life Korea focuses on preparing Asian church leaders through : LCM(Local Church Ministry), Camps, SYME (a discipleship training center called School of Youth Ministries in English), a bible institute & missions outreach.
I was born in 1984 in South Korea and I grew up in a Christian family. When I was young my parents always told me stories from the bible and one day my mother shared the gospel with me and I believed Jesus who died for my sin gave me salvation. Even though I was young I believed Jesus by His grace through faith.
When I was young I was very outgoing, I loved sports and I was really nice to people so I was loved by many people but I had bad behavior I often looked down on others and I judged others in my heart. I put myself first instead of putting God fist and others second. At that time I wanted to be a pastor but because of my bad attitude, I thought that I didn't deserve to be a pastor. However, when I was a student in middle and high school, I was trained a lot through God's word. One day one of best friend passed away in a motorcycle accident and my father was really sick and he stayed in the hospital for 7 years. We lost everything and I had a really hard time. And I realized that I couldn't do anything and I realized how small I was so I prayed to God and He encouraged me through His word. "Do not be afraid I'm with you. Do not be dismayed I am your God." I realized again God is always with me even though my life seemed to be miserable but God protected my heart and I overcame those difficult situations.
In 2008, I went SYME which is an English bible school and a ministry of Word of Life Fellowship. I came with only enough money for 2 months because I never expected that I could stay there for a long time but while I was at SYME, I was really burdened to become a missionary. So I called my mother and she told me that this is not an easy life and suffering would come. She worried about that, but we decided to pray together and the next morning my Quiet Time was in Romans 8:18. At that same time my mother sent me a text message and it was Romans 8:18. I was encouraged by God's word and began to pursue being a missionary.
God has opened so many doors for me. God supplied my needs to graduate from the 8 month program. Then I went on to serve with WOL for two years as an intern and I studied for two years at Word of Life Bible Institute. And in June of 2013, by the grace of God, I officially became a Word of Life missionary appointed to South Korea.
I was born in a pastor‘s family. My father had much love, but was strict about believing God. So, I never skipped worship services. Because God was very real to me, I had no problem believing since childhood that Jesus died for me. I believed in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ since I was a child. It was a natural thing for me. But I had to do many things in my church because it was small. Playing piano, teaching, being a worship leader and others was making me tired. My friends' churches had many students and I was envious that they enjoyed spending time with students, pastors and teachers. I was angry at my mother and said "Why we don't have many people like that?" The hardest part was that several saints had a disrespectful attitude toward my father. In those circumstances, I spent my elementary school, middle school and high school years. Then, one day several saints joined together and left our church. Our church was broken gradually and I blamed God. I blamed God thinking that He who is full of love and who gives the best thing to us can’t do this to my family.
My family and I have walked in the wilderness since our church was broken. I couldn't understand God. At that time, I was a university student. I hated to go to church. I hated to have a worship service with so few people in an empty chapel. I believed that God will help us, but our situation didn’t get better and I began to blame God again. As soon as I graduated from college I went to DTS which is a disciple training center. I gave the burden in my heart to God at DTS. I tried hard to know God there. Every day I climbed a hill to praise God. I fell down before the Lord whenever I had time. I poured out all my troubles to God. Two months passed, then, I realized God's love for me. I thought that God was out of His mind. I was thinking "How God's love for me has not changed?" "Why He loves and is waiting for me in any circumstances?" I was thankful to God but I was confused. The surprising thing was that I met Him in a situation I couldn't understand. After I met God, my life changed. I was filled with joy and was thankful. I became a person who tried to be thankful in difficult situations. I tended to be positive in the past. Now I became more positive. I don't worry about my future. I know that God is happy with me. God reminded me of my vision that is praising Him through music around the world. I think that I am a proof of a living God because when a person meets God, the person's life is changed. After I met Him, my way of thinking is different. Now I focus on God's word in difficult situations rather than saying "God how can you do this to me?" I stopped complaining about my situation. I worried what I should do to expand the Kingdom of God. I'm really happy now. Our family is still walking in the wilderness yet, I respect God's work for us. I'm a little scared but I pray and am looking forward to seeing God's work in my life.
One verse that helps me know that I am saved is Gal 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me".
I experience God's power when I crucify myself in the Cross and live with being led by Jesus who is the life. Believing the death of Jesus in the Cross and His resurrection is the power for my Christian life.
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.