Adult and Youth Mission Story

 

FINDING THE HOPE OF GOD

 

     Mother sat with her head in her hands, weeping. Dark circles under her eyes

spoke of sleepless nights. Her small business in northern China had gone bankrupt,

and she couldn’t pay her debts. I knew we were in trouble.

     Our neighbor saw my mother’s sadness too and offered Mother words of comfort

and hope. Then she invited Mother to attend her church.

     When Mother told me that she was going to attend a Christian church, I wasn’t

sure what to think. I knew nothing about church or God or faith. But the glimmer of

hope in her eyes told me that this was important to her. So I went to church with her.

     Soon my mother’s shoulders, which had been bent in despair, straightened with

hope and faith in God. Two years later I decided to follow the God of hope, just as

my mother had.

School Challenges

     In China special programs and exam preparation classes are often held on

Sabbaths. God began to convict me that I must honor His commandments. It

wasn’t an easy decision, for my classmates and teachers wouldn’t understand

why I was not in school one day a week.

     With much prayer I explained my faith to my teacher and asked for permission to miss classes on Saturday. The teacher thought long and hard, and then told me that I could miss the classes as long as I kept my grades up. I was thrilled! I knew God was working on my behalf.

     Other teachers, however, tried to pressure me to take the extra classes. They warned me that if I didn’t do well on my government exams, it would make the school and the teachers look bad. But God blessed, and my grades actually

improved after I started honoring God’s Sabbath.

     There were times when I felt the pressure to attend classes on Sabbath. But through it all my mother encouraged me to be faithful to God; she asked the church members to pray that I would be faithful to my commitments to God and that God would bless me. The church pastor and many members stood beside me, encouraging me and strengthening my faith.

Victory in Jesus

     Before each exam I prayed that God would help me to honor Him and do well. I never took any of the mock exams that were given on Sabbath. My grades remained high, and my teacher gave permission for me to continue skipping Sabbath classes.

     As the day of the government exams neared, I studied hard and prayed for God’s blessings. On the day of the exam I entered the exam room and received my exam. Once more I prayed that God would bless my efforts. The exam wasn’t easy, but I felt God’s presence with me. Then we waited for the exam results.

     When the scores were posted, I learned that I had done well, scoring among the top 10 out of 800 students in my class. The teacher who had given me permission to miss the special classes on Sabbath was pleased, and so was I. God had surely proven His power!

     As high school graduation neared, I wrestled with what to study in the university. I asked my pastor for guidance. “The church needs dedicated doctors,” she said.

What About the Future?

     I struggled with her answer, for I had never imagined becoming a doctor. I am a little shy, and sometimes I fear challenges. I knew I was good in math and science, which are important in the study of medicine; but I was not sure I was meant to be a doctor. “I am putting it in Your hands, God,” I prayed.

     God gave me peace and the assurance that He wanted me to become a doctor. I enrolled in medical courses and soon realized that I had found my calling. As I

entered my final year of studies, the university invited me to do my internship at the university’s hospital, an honor offered to just a few students in my class. Still, I struggled with whether this was God’s will, because the position wouldn’t allow me time to work with the church’s Pathfinders, which I love.

     But God has given me peace. I know He is leading in my life. I have seen that God is a God of hope who longs to bless His people as they honor Him.

     I want others to know that Jesus loves them. I’m thankful that part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter will help Chinese-speaking people around the world hear the gospel that has brought hope to my life. Thank you for your gift of love to Jesus through the mission offerings.

Mission Post

     Besides the millions of people in China who speak Chinese, millions more Chinese-speaking people live around the world. In the United States Chinese is the fourth-most-common language. 

     Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help make video programs that can air on television and over the Internet so that the Chinese-speaking adults and children in every land can know that Jesus loves them and wants to be their friend forever.

 

Children’s Mission Story

QUINCY SHARES HIS GIFT

 

     Quincy is 6 years old and in the first grade. But already he’s discovered that

there are lots of ways to share his faith with others.

     Quincy loves to do lots of things. He loves science and enjoys making robots.

He plays soccer and table tennis. He likes to read books and go skiing. But most

of all Quincy loves music. He plays The violin and piano.

     Quincy was born in the Philippines and moved to Korea with his parents when

he was just a year old. He speaks Korean and attends a Korean public school.

Because he is a Seventh-day Adventist, he tells his teacher that he won’t be at

school on Sabbath. His teacher understands that his religious faith is important to

him, but she still urges him to be in class on Sabbaths.

     Sometimes his classmates ask him why he wasn’t at school on Saturday,

especially when there is a special group project or a sports day. Then Quincy

explains that Sabbath is God’s special day, and he wants to be in church and

worship God. Some of his friends understand, but others don’t know who Jesus is.

     Quincy doesn’t mind missing classes—even fun ones—on Sabbath. He wants

to be in church, worshipping God with his family. “I enjoy being in church,” he says.

Discovering a New Talent

     Quincy wanted to learn to play the violin, so his mother took him to a music

store to try out some violins. Quincy tried to play the violin in the store and found

that he could play, even though he had never had a lesson. Mother bought the

little violin, and Quincy began learning to play it.

A few weeks later the owner of the music store called Quincy’s mother and invited her to enter Quincy in a musical competition. Quincy wasn’t so sure he could play well enough. He still didn’t read music well, and he played most songs by ear. He decided to play in the competition, but when he arrived he realized that he was the youngest contestant. Most of the other kids were in middle school or high school, and he was in first grade. But everyone was nice to him, and he enjoyed playing in the competition.

Another Opportunity to Play

     A few weeks later a violin teacher who knew the owner of the store where Quincy’s parents had bought his violin invited him to play with a group of musicians. Quincy agreed, and again was surprised that most of the musicians were in high school. But the other musicians liked having Quincy play violin in their group. They practiced together after school for several days before performing. “It was fun,” Quincy says, smiling.
     Quincy doesn’t just play for the fun of it. If someone needs a pianist, he tries to fill in. “Sometimes if there isn’t a pianist at church, I play for song service,” he says.   “I play my violin with the church orchestra, too.”
     Quincy isn’t taking music lessons right now. “They cost too much,” he says. “So I just practice on my own.”

Ministry of Music

     Quincy uses his music as a means of sharing God’s love with others. But he finds other ways to tell people about Jesus, too. “When my friends ask why I’m not at school on Sabbath, I tell them that my family and I worship God on Sabbath, His holy day. If they don’t know much about God, I tell them whatever I can. Some of them know who Jesus is, but others don’t. I tell them that Jesus wants us to be kind and loving to one another. And when we argue or do bad things, it makes Jesus sad.”

     Quincy would like to tell other children to do their best in school, and if they have a special talent, use it for God.

     Quincy attends an international church in Seoul, Korea. Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help build a church for this congregation. Let’s bring a big offering on March 31 so that Quincy’s growing church has a place to meet.

FAST FACTS

     South Korea is located on a beautiful mountainous peninsula east of China. The people speak Korean. 

     North Korea and South Korea were once part of the same country. But just a little more than 50 years ago a war tore the country apart. North Korea is still a Communist country, and religion is strongly discouraged. 

     We have no idea how many Adventist believers live in North Korea, but South Korean Christians pray constantly that God will make it possible for them to share their faith with relatives and friends across the border.

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