Christian Living

Thinking and Thankful

Dr. Mark Rasmussen

When the month of November comes each year, I try to stop and reflect on things that I have to be thankful for the previous year. Obviously, I’m thankful for my salvation, for my wife, and for the privilege of serving the Lord. But I want you to know that I’m also thankful for those that I have had the privilege of getting to know and teach for over twenty-five years here at West Coast Baptist College.

As I’ve traveled across the country, including over one hundred different services in different places this past year, I’ve had the privilege of seeing so many former students. I cannot tell you what a blessing that is. Oftentimes, I will tell Dr. Goetsch and Pastor Chappell about what I have seen and the good work that you are doing. And because of that, it has made me aware of and thankful for these four things.

1. I am thankful for the fact that you have stayed faithful and stayed in the race. So many of you are emulating the life model of the Apostle Paul, who stayed faithful until his death in Rome and finished the course that God had placed him on. The Word of God states in I Thessalonians 5:24, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” You are a testimony of the truth of this verse.

2. I am thankful for the fact that you are investing your lives in things that are eternal. I have many good friends who are businessmen and are involved in the secular pursuits. I am grateful for them and am honored to be called their friend. But I am especially thankful for those who listened to the call of God and invested their lives in full-time Christian work. Not everyone is called to do this, but those who answer and stay faithful to this call are obviously a tremendous blessing to those who are involved in their training.

3. I am thankful for the fact that you have heard and obeyed the call of the ministry and have listened to those who invested in your life. Sometimes, people will thank us for saying something that we don’t even remember saying, but I can assure you that each of us have sought to invest our lives in your lives and have tried to help you as you were preparing for God’s calling. Sometimes, people get tired, and Satan seeks to discourage the servants of the Lord. When that happens, it is always encouraging to think of those who have come through this place and gone on to serve our Lord.

4. I am thankful for the fact that you have sought to have fruit that remains. You were taught here at West Coast Baptist College that the Great Commission involves both reaching and teaching. It has been a wonderful joy to see people that have been led to the Lord and were discipled by our graduates. God’s Word says in John 15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:…” I just want to say, keep up the good work. I also want to say; your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

I hope you know that you are thought about and that people here at Lancaster are thankful for you. If we can ever be of help, in any way, shape, or form, I hope that you will contact us.

Where is God?

Dr. John Goetsch

In the midst of difficult circumstances or trials, God can seem distant. We wonder if He hears our prayers or cares about our heartache. The prophet Isaiah was no doubt at that point in his life when King Uzziah died in chapter six. Out of nowhere came a trial; and Isaiah is suddenly confronted with fear, anxiety, and doubt. Where does one find God when he needs Him most?

Isaiah found God in the “holy place.” Verse three says, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” When God seems distant, return to a holy life. God will be waiting for you there. Isaiah also found God in the “humble place.” Upon seeing the Lord, his response in verse five was, “Woe is me! for I am undone.” Pride is an abomination to the Lord, and God doesn't hang around His abominations! “ this man will I look, even to him that is of a poor and contrite spirit, and that trembleth at my word (Isaiah 66:2b).” Get back to the humble place. Thirdly, God is always found in the “harvest place.” In verse eight Isaiah hears God ask, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” God can always be found in a place of service ready to assist and empower you with His grace and strength.

If complexities of ministry and the circumstances of life have caused you to doubt the presence, provision, and power of God; let me encourage you to return to the holy place, the humble place, and the harvest place. God will meet you there!

A Childlike Faith

Gabriel Ruhl

The Gospel of Mark tells of a time in Jesus’ life when parents sought Him and wanted Him to bless their children, “…And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them…” (Mark 10:13) What happens next is a little surprising. Jesus’ disciples tried to stop them! I’m sure the parents weren’t expecting opposition to come from fellow believers—especially those closest to Jesus—but opposition to the faith sometimes comes from unexpected sources.

Perceptibly, Jesus interceded and put the disciples in their place when He said, “…suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not…” (Mark 10:14) If I were a parent in this story, I would naturally fight the tendency to look down at the disciples and think, Jerks! We’re just trying to get our kids to Jesus. You guys should be FOR this! And I would probably be rooting on Jesus as He reproved His disciples. In all fairness, however, we should look through the eyes of the disciples. They were the closest observers to Jesus’ schedule, His lack of rest, His constant traveling, and His many followers. In their best judgment, they probably thought his body needed a pause. In Mark 10:1-12, you’ll see why—Jesus was busy teaching and engaging with the Pharisees.

In ministry I have found myself on both sides of this story. I have been faced with opposition from the most unexpected sources, but I have also been buried by important responsibilities and ministry opportunities and failed to see the priority right in front of me. Can you relate?

Jesus completely understood the complexity of the situation. So, how did He respond? He focused on what both the parents and the disciples had in common—faith! He focused on the children and rebuked the disciples by using the children as an example and pattern for adults to follow. These lessons on faith work and need to be resonated in our culture.

Children have no problem living dependent on their parents. It is natural. In fact, if you have a two-year old, you can testify that they are often so needy that it requires much patience and gentleness. The Lord expects us to look to Him with a “needy” craving for Him—a humble desire for His guidance.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in
me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for
without me ye can do nothing.—John 15:5.

Children desire to be around parents who love them! Small children crave time with loving and attentive adults. Our Heavenly Father is both loving and attentive, and He longs for fellowship with us. Jesus reminded Christians that He wants us to come to Him, and He wants us to delight in time with Him, just as children openly enjoy connection with those they admire.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.—John 3:16.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth
my soul after thee, O God.—Psalm 42:1.

Children are refreshingly open about their thoughts, feelings, and needs. When they are around an individual they adore, everyone can see the evidence of their admiration. These evidences outwardly point to a relationship. What outward evidences point to our relationship with God?

I am convinced that most of the complicated situations we face can be resolved if we would learn to respond as these children behaved—run to Jesus with complete faith and dependence on Him and openly express our love and devotion to Him.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.—Proverbs 3:5–6.

Lift Up Your Eyes

Alisa Ballou

Jesus says to lift up our eyes? That isn't natural at all. Walking to the school where our kids go, there are many days it's easy to have a completely different focus, mostly just tangled around, well, self. "Do I actually have time to come here and teach once a week? I wonder how many ways there are to teach ‘How are you?’ to the tinier children here? I hope the teachers treat my children well today when they don’t follow instructions given in a language they don't yet grasp...”

This pre-school is a Christian one, one of maybe a handful out of the thousands of otherwise Buddhist schools in the country. Though the children all come from Buddhist families, wear their charms to school, and go to the temple with their parents, at school they hear about the true and living God. Their school year ends this week, and the oldest kids move on to receive the normal Thai education that’s steeped in the darkness of Buddhism.

I watch Brody, our three year old who is still a bit of a novelty, lead a pack of other children running after him all laughing and care free. All of the children’s hearts are still free from decades of lies about a false god and religious system; the soil of their hearts is new and fertile. They all laugh so heartily and freely, love fully, and trust easily. Looking up at the children makes me see clearly, if just for a moment. These few represent millions of other children in this country, and billions just in this corner of the world who are equally beautiful, have equally tender and delightful hearts, as the children I’ve come to love here. See them and you think, “Of course Jesus loves children and asks us to have their kind of faith.”

Instead of selfishness and weariness comes intense gratitude for truth I’ve been fed (so rare even in America) via family, church, and school. Instead of hoarding my time, I want to give it. Instead of cringing at having to give up my rights to pretty much anything, I remember nothing is my own anyway.

Whatever we look at the most is what we become like. What if, by keeping our eyes on Him, we could begin to think like Jesus? His ministry was anything but natural. “Our Lord never evidenced the slightest sign of fear or cunning or diplomacy. He was never suspicious of anyone, yet He trusted no one except His Father. Consequently, He was never vindictive, nor was He ever humiliated. It is only possible to be humiliated when we are serving our own pride.”—Oswald Chambers. Ministry with that strength of mind and purity of service was only possible because of Jesus’s own pure vision.

So put concisely, what does it mean to lift up our eyes? Looking to Jesus first (Hebrews 12:2), then learning to see like Jesus does (John 4:35). And that changes everything.

Continue to Grow

Mark Rasmussen

While traveling recently, I had the opportunity to see a number of WCBC alumni who are serving in ministry. I love that! It is always encouraging to Pastor, Dr. Goetsch, and myself. While chatting, one graduate posed a question that I had to consider before answering: “What do you recommend to alumni in order to continue to grow?”

Reflecting on this, I thought of several things that I want to do to continue to grow, which might be a help for alumni to consider as they continue to grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Let me challenge you to consistently recharge. Energy and spirit sometimes seem to flag and decrease. We might feel that the press of people takes vitality from our very lives. So the question might be, “How do we recharge?” Make sure that you are getting necessary rest. When one is fatigued, it will wear down your ability to properly minister to people.

Secondly, we need to remember. Sometimes we are so busy going from one project to another that we do not stop and reflect on the goodness and blessing of God. There is no question in my mind that when we stop and think about people who have been saved, people who are now serving, or people who are taking the next step in their Christian life, we will be encouraged and recharged.

Thirdly, we need to renew our commitment. In ministry we often talk about rededicating our lives to the Lord. It is wise to rededicate our lives to service and to remember our calling. God’s Word says, “The gifts and callings of God are without repentance.” It is a wise thing for us to commit ourselves in that which God has called us to do on a regular basis. There are other things that can help us renew as well, like reading and relaxation, and these are certainly important. To be drained from the cares of ministry is normal and to be expected. What we need to do is to find ways to renew ourselves so that we may impact others in a way that will please the Lord and impact others for the cause of Christ.

Confidence in the Face of Accelerated Change

Dr. John Goetsch

How would you describe our world today? What one word comes to your mind? Innocent people are killed in movie theaters. Military recruiting stations come under gun fire. The Supreme Court decides to make laws rather than interpret them and rule in favor of same sex marriage. An Iran nuclear deal is promoted as a peaceful settlement by global leaders while their citizens cry “death to Israel and death to America” in the streets. Entire nations have declared bankruptcy. Atheism grows as religious groups are targeted and labeled hatemongers and terrorists. The word that comes to my mind is “change.”

Change is something that we expect to some degree. The Bible warns us that “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” But the acceleration of these changes is alarming and points to devastating ruin or divine revival. The world cannot stay on its present course for long.

In the midst of this chaotic change, we can have a calm confidence. This confidence is based on two important principles from God’s Word. First, we know that we have an unchanging God. “For I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6a). “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end”—Psalm 102:25-27. We as God’s people have the calm assurance that God is in control. He has not vacated His throne or resigned His position. No one can or ever will unseat God!

Secondly, His plan for our lives is unchanged. Let me encourage you to stay in the battle. Of course there will be setbacks, heartaches, and discouragement. God’s people from Bible times to the present have always faced opposition. This is not the time to quit. Culture changes to be sure. We are a minority as Christians in this world and scripture reminds us that it will get worse. But what God put in your heart to do for Him with your life has not changed. His gifting and calling on your life are without repentance (Romans 11:29). God has not made a mistake. What He has called you and equipped you to do through your training, He will enable you to do. “For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” —Philippians 2:13

When I think about the world today, the word “changing” immediately comes to mind. When I see your name as one of our graduates of West Coast, it is my prayer, and I hope yours, that the word “unchanging” comes to mind.

Faithfulness to God's Calling

Dr. Mark Rasmussen

Faithfulness is an essential theme throughout the Bible. Faithfulness is something that is both admired and commanded. One of the most powerful rhetorical questions in Scriptures is found in Proverb 20:6 where it states, “But a faithful man who can find?”

When we think about the topic of faithfulness, it ought to encourage every believer to realize that we have a faithful God. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 states, “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” In Hebrews 3:1-2a the Scripture states, “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful.”

It is a wonderful thing to know that we serve a faithful God, and we can trust Him. Maybe that is why the Scripture entreats us in Hebrews 12:2 to look “unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith.” God is our example and in Him there is no “shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

After the realization that we have a faithful God, we then need to realize that we are commanded to be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 states, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” In the great passage on the Christian’s armor in Ephesians 6, we find in verse 13, “Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Furthermore, in the parable of the unjust steward, we see God’s response to those who have been faithful to do what God wanted them to do in comparison to the man who was not faithful. It says in Luke 16:10, “ He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

Finally, it is imperative to remember that we will be rewarded for being faithful. Proverbs 28:20a says, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings." We also find in Luke 12:43 that the Lord states, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” What servant was that? The Scripture states in verse 42 that it is the “faithful and wise steward.” The Bible is replete with illustrations of faithful men. There is Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, Paul in prison, and, above all, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith.

It is a wonderful thing to remind ourselves of the promise found in Revelation 2:10 that says if we will be faithful whether in prison, trials, tribulations, or even death, God promises to give us a crown of life.

Let us commit ourselves to the path of faithfulness for it will be worth it all when we see Him.

Biblical Wisdom in the Face of Tough Issues

Gabriel Ruhl


In the ministry, there are many unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes our breath can literally be taken away by something that comes into our lives and we scramble to respond.

Jesus handled these moments perfectly. I love studying the life and ministry of Jesus Christ! In Luke’s Gospel, he takes us to Gethsemane. It was the custom of Jesus Christ to go to this quiet garden just across the Kidron Valley at the foot of Olivet. We read in Luke 22:41-43, “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”

I noticed first of all that Jesus handled this heavy situation by praying. We read in verse 41 that He prayed. We need to pray for our hearts to be ready to receive whatever God has in store for us.

We can do more than prayer, but we can do nothing until we pray! The Bible says in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” And in James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” I love the challenge in 1 Samuel 12:23 pertaining to prayer, “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:”

C. Peter Wagner, an authority on church growth said, “The more deeply I dig beneath the surface of the church growth principles, the more thoroughly convinced I become that the real battle is a spiritual battle and that our principal weapon is prayer.”

While meditating on Jesus’ response to this incredibly difficult task, I was amazed at Jesus’ surrender. We read in Luke that Jesus said, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” The cup in Luke chapter six summarized the awful ordeal Christ faced. It referred to His coming death at Calvary. Not so much the physical suffering but the fact that our sin would be placed upon Him. We see this in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” And in Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

My sin put upon Christ was repulsive and awful. The holiness of Christ made our iniquity extremely horrible to experience. Most painfully, Jesus was to be left by God. As our substitute, Christ experienced our punishment which was not just separation of soul from the body (physical death), but also separation of the soul from God. Matthew 27:46 says, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

The contemplation of this was extremely upsetting for Christ… but He surrendered! We must be surrendered. We are challenged in Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Again in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we see, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Are you fully surrendered? To God? To God’s will for your life? To the authorities He has placed in your life? To the low times that He wills for you to experience and grow through? The Bible says in Hebrews 13:17, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

We see in Jesus’ preparation that He also humbled Himself. We read in Luke 6 that He kneeled down. Kneeling reflected His humble attitude before God the Father. Other Gospels indicate this as well, Matthew 26:39, “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” And in Mark 14:35, “And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.”

Pride is a destructive force. The Bible says in Proverbs 13:10, “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” C.S. Lewis said, “Pride is a spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.”

I like the saying, “When pride walks on the platform, God walks off.”

We are never more like Satan than when we are prideful.

The Bible is full of warnings concerning pride. Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 18:12, “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 29:23, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

A deacon, who was full of himself, was teaching a boys Sunday School class. He was working hard to stress the importance of living the Christian life. With an air of arrogance he asked, “Why do people call me a Christian?”

After an awkward silence one of the little boys said, “Maybe it’s because they don’t know you.”

The remedy for the pride in our hearts is humility. 1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” Proverbs 27:2 goes on, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”

James 4:6 reminds us, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

We see in Luke chapter six that Jesus ultimately obeyed the Father. Christ obediently followed the will of His Father. It is good to ask ourselves, am I prepared to do the will of the Father when He asks me to do the hard thing?

Philippians 2:8 tells us about Jesus, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” And in Hebrews 5:7-8, “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;”

We must obey the authorities God has placed in our lives and follow them as they follow Christ. John 14:15 states plainly, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” And in Psalm 119:60, “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.”

We see that as a result of the Lord’s preparation and His prayer, surrender, humility, and obedience that He received help. Christ needed this heavenly strengthening. In Mark’s Gospel we see that His pain during His prayer was, “And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.” (Mark 14:34)

Luke is also the only writer to mention the ministry of the angel. In fact, both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts give angels a prominent place in the work of the Lord.
Angels could not come to die for our sins, but they could strengthen our Savior as He courageously accepted the cup from His Father’s hand.

Dr. George Morrison said, “Every life has its Gethsemane, and every Gethsemane has its angel.” What an encouragement to God’s people when they wrestle and pray about difficult moments and costly decisions! We can look to God and He will see us through. Psalm 46:1 reminds us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble!”

The Missing Element in Our Witness

Pastor Paul Chappell

Wecould list many reasons
we don’t share the
gospel as we should. We
don’t have time. We’re
afraid of rejection. Our
calendars are too full. But I believe most of
the time it goes deeper than all of these.
We don’t share the gospel because we
don’t care.

I don’t mean that we don’t care about
the gospel. I mean that we have become
complacent in having the gospel and are no
longer burdened to be sharing the gospel.

Consider Paul at Athens. He presumably
went there for a few days of rest on his way
to the next city. But as he waited there in
the city for Silas and Timothy, “his spirit
was stirred in him, when he saw the city
wholly given to idolatry” (Acts 17:16).

Mar’s Hill didn’t begin with a great
strategy for interacting with the
philosophers of Athens. It began with a
Christian man whose spirit was stirred
over lost people without Christ.

Why don’t we share the gospel as
we should?

Perhaps it is because we are not as
stirred as we should be.

Somehow, we get more roused over
hobbies and vacations and fellowships
and sports and events and programs than
we do over the people around us who are
without Christ.

It wasn’t just at Athens that Paul was
stirred. We see it again as Paul was in
Corinth. This time, Scripture says “Paul
was pressed in the spirit, and testified to
the Jews that Jesus was Christ” (Acts 18:5).
Paul’s compulsion to share the gospel
was internal—in his own spirit. He didn’t
need someone telling him he should go
soulwinning. He didn’t need someone
telling him to witness to his coworkers or
neighbors or family.

For though I preach the gospel, I have
nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid
upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach
not the gospel!—1 Corinthians 9:16

I wonder what would happen if
Christians today had a renewed stirring
in their spirits for the needs of a lost world.

Our world isn’t more godly than Paul’s.
Our cities aren’t more bent toward Christ
than Athens or Corinth were. But too often
our spirits are less stirred than Paul’s, our
hearts less pressed to share the good news
of Christ. When the internal motivation to
share the gospel is missing, great programs
and well-planned strategies will eventually
fizzle out. When internal motivation to
witness is missing, the best strategies will
fizzle out. It has to come from within.

His Guidance of Grace

Jimmy Pak

It was around 7:25am when I stepped
into the North Auditorium for the
first Bible class at West Coast
Baptist College back in 2001. I knew
God had called me to full-time ministry, but in my
mind that particular morning, I was somewhat
questioning whether this was the right course for
my life. As this was on my mind, the Bible teacher
that morning came to the pulpit and said these
few words, “Let us pray.” The LORD used these
three simple words to confirm in my heart that I
was in the right place at the right time. Prior to
attending WCBC, I was in a secular education with
unbelieving college professors without God’s
direction or prayer, and those three words gave me
a great assurance that He was setting the right
course for my life in His will and in His
environment. As I look back, I realize that His
abundant grace and direction has continually
guided me even in missions.

Upon graduating, God led me to meet
my wonderful future wife, Sarah, who also
graduated at the same time. We were wed at
LBC in 2007, where we were both on staff. I
was the bus director at the time, and my wife
was a financial secretary. As we were busy in
ministry, we both had a heart for missions,
but it was not a clear calling at the time. We
needed His guidance of grace once again to
know His perfect will. We prayed and prayed
for His will to be done, but it seems as though
God was taking His time in making this clear
with us. After being in full-time ministry
for a decade as a bus director and also as an
assistant pastor, the Lord surprisingly called
us to a country, that I myself never dreamed
of going. This country was Japan. It was only
after the calling I got to know that Japanese
people are the second largest unreached
people group in the world with only .58%
professing to be Christians out of 127 million
people. I had my doubts at first, but the Lord
assured me once again that it was His will.
One way was through the testimony of my
wife. Soon after I received the call, I shared
the calling with her, to which she replied,
“When I surrendered to missions back in my
teen years, I asked God to take me to Japan
if He wanted me to become a missionary.” I
did not know this until I was called! It was
once again God proving Himself to be faithful,
patient, and perfect in His will as He had
already prepared my wife’s heart to His future
calling for the both of us. We are also grateful
for the counsel of Dr. Paul Chappell, Dr. Don
Sisk, and my home pastor, Pastor Timothy
Choi who God used to guide and assure us in
this calling.

We entered full-time deputation in January
2017. We are praying for His guidance once
again in our deputation trail as we aim to be
in Japan by the end of 2018. An encouraging
verse that I came across through the burden
and calling of missions was found in Isaiah
64:4, “For since the beginning of the world
men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear,
neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee,
what he hath prepared for him that waiteth
for him.” It is wonderful to know that God
already knows what is prepared for our lives.
All we need to do is to be faithful and wait.
His guidance of grace never fails.