I got a job as a Professor of English in the Education department of Shingu University outside Seoul. It gives me an income, lets me continue pouring into Korean youth, gives me time to write and do ministry — all in all it’s a good space to continue on a solid footing the work that God is doing here. I’d like to encourage those who feel called to full-time ministry: the Kingdom of God is often most effectively sown through “as you go” ministry.
“As you go” means that you take the Kingdom everywhere you go. So as you run errands, go shopping, or go to work, you are sensitive to the Holy Spirit to speak to you about the people around you — in a store, in the post office, or on the street. When someone is highlighted by the Holy Spirit, you will take time to make contact with that person; you’ll make a comment, ask a question or introduce yourself, and see where the Spirit of God will take the conversation.
To do this you need to be living with a vital connection to the Spirit of God in you. That means you have spent time in the presence of God, learning to listen and not just talking. You also need to cultivate a soft, natural approach to people. You need to be concerned about people and their needs right where they’re at. And you need to be willing to take time with people– willing to listen, willing to show care, and take a moment to pray with them. These moments are powerful. You’ll learn to look for them everywhere you go, and you’ll learn to love them. You’ll crave the encounter, because this is where Jesus meets with people.
I prayed on a bus with a bright young man today that God would bless his budding business venture. He told me with tears in his eyes that I was the first person who ever prayed for him…
Two Sundays ago a young man burst through the door in the middle of our homegroup meeting and shouted: “I want to worship God with you!” We welcomed him in, and prayed for him… he came again this week.
A good friend and I were meeting together at a local cafe. As we went, we met a young man and his wife. We talked and prayed with them, and shared what we felt God was saying for them. He and his young family came to group the next week. He called me later and told me quite personally (really unusual for a Korean man) how he loves what we do together as a community — that he has been “thirsty” for the kind of passionate, heartfelt worship and prayer that we share, and how “real” it is. He works for Samsung, and has warned us that we need to find a bigger space to meet; he’s about to bring three to five additional Korean families from his office.
This is the work I’m in Korea to do — and I get to be a professor too!