everyone. In the story
you just watched, I am the second daughter, Shin SungHwa. Actually, It was not
easy for me to stand here to share my story. It’s not only because there are many prominent pastors here, but because I am passing the proper age of marriage, and often share my
stories. Some people say that no young man wants to
marry me because my family’s faith and religious life are too serious or
difficult. So I’m also worried about my situation. But, however I’m here. I hope that my family’s story will be an
encouragement for some people, and someone will give glory to God. Even though
I will not be able to find any young man for 1 or 2 years to marry, but I hope
that I will be able to go to heaven 1 or 2 years earlier.
Here I would like to introduce my heavenly father to you. Our family’s
background has several special factors.
years ago, my family planted the Morning Dew church, the Adventist Church
comprised of only youth.
special fact about my family is my dad who
wanted to give hope to the kids, at 45 years of age, challenged himself to take
the university entrance exam. We ended up
going to Sahmyook University majoring in theology; my dad a senior student, my sister junior,
and me a freshman.
There are 11
members in our family. They are my parents, older sister, me, KyungSoo, GilMo, EunSeop, SeonYoung, YooBin, HyunBin, YeYoon. My parents,
my older sister and I share the same blood, but the rest
8 of my family is the gift from God. (adopted)
asks, what are your parents to you? I would
answer that they are my “Fellow co-worker”. I am not
sure how much I can share with you today within a limited hour, but I want
to share a topic: “The Way We Go to Heaven”, the story about how we work
together as a fellow co-worker for God.
First, We go to heaven making memories with
God. Since the
1998 Jeju Youth Evangelism Meeting, up to now we have attended 46 Youth
Evangelistic meetings in Korea and 3 times to foreign countries.
evangelistic meeting, we planned and did something special Praying in the street, Share gospel
with friends in the street, something we would not normally do.
We would go
on a Bible Study camp training trip. When there
is any Bible quiz competition, we would study all night and win various
national Bible competitions. There was
even a student who entered the theology major as a result of winning the first
prize in the Bible competition.
Also we do some cultural activities. Initially, it was to develop a program for student, but now we are going
for public performances.
special hobby is cooking with angels. When
students gather together, she usually cooked alone for them. She used to
say she is never alone, because the angels are there to help her. But because
of using her shoulder too much, she eventually had a surgery.
unexpected things happening such as sudden police break thinking that we are a
suspicious group. Some parents
would suddenly come and interrupt and drag their kids out of the church, even
pulling their hair. We once had led
one bully to a church evangelistic meeting and in result we had more than 100
students attending our church during the meeting. The times
when we did not have our church building, we used to worship under the street
light at a park. Having no
money, we personally had to flatten the ground and apply cement on the wall to
complete the church building. There are so
many memories with God, which I cannot mention them all.
I want to
take all of these memories to heaven.
having all different memories mentioned earlier, we will be pounding our hearts on the way to
2014 for me was filled with despair and hopelessness. When doing
the youth ministry, I would sometimes feel lost on my parents. I would feel
heavy when seeing my parents with lowered heads visiting the police station for
the bully kids. I felt bad
for my mom providing clothes for the kids who were imprisoned. I felt pity
for my parents since they had to care for the sick son who had been diagnosed
with cancer. Moreover, I felt
mad at the kids who would swear at my parents, who so lovingly cared for them.
could somehow bear these typical happenings. Until last
winter… Kids, who we
always thought were our children, ran away from home. We tried to
comfort our hearts
since we had
MinHee with us.
lived next door from our church and we have been caring and raising her since
she was 3 years old. When the
kids we had put our trust in had left, MinHee came to my parents. and said
“Don’t worry. I will do my best to fill their place”. She started sharing God’s
Word to her friends. MinHee and
her 4 friends soon became a key person of the church as settling in to
attending church. It seemed
like we had hope again. Until one
day in December, 2013, the hope of our church, our beloved MinHee, a 14 year-old
girl passed away in a car accident in her young age. It seemed
that the hope was gone. However,
this was just the beginning,
son in our family, EunSeop, was diagnosed with cancer and after almost a year
of struggling against the disease. He died less
than a month after MinHee had passed away. I could deal
with my own heart breaking, but I
could not bear it was when I came out of my room to drink water. And I
accidentally overheard the sound of my parent’s cry from their room. This was a
real sound of despair. We all
thought everyone was okay. But my mom
sometimes fainted while walking on the road and whenever
we prayed, my dad shed tears. I really
could not get it. Why four of
us can’t just live happy together? Why are we
going through these hardships saying this is God’s work?
One day, I
told my father.
“It is good
enough, God will accept it, can’t we just stop here?”
what God asked us to do, how can we quit?”
mom’s surgery, I told her.
replies with smile on her face“We have done nothing” and she
starts to sing.
"There are many cucumbers in the field, and God is the one who makes them
It was so
hard on me to hear my mom saying “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away” But since
all is not over and by trusting in the Lord who carry away things at the right
time while in the best way, we move
forward to heaven, pounding our hearts.
Last but not
the least We go to heaven moving Forward. Continuing Forward!
When we were
in the most difficult time, this sermon was shared by Pastor Lee JungWan, SWKC
Youth Director, comforting us. Forward…
keep on moving Forward. It felt
leaving our church told us “We will not
come here anymore since it looks like if we continue coming to this church
everyone will either die or run away.” It was just
a mere kid’s saying but it still was much hurting my heart. We are
already so hurt and in despair. But what we are hearing from the pastor is to
go forward, even so go forward. We did as we
were told. We pulled
ourselves together and like
usual way we evangelized the kids, prayed and
read the Bible all night long and stayed
every Friday & Sabbath together as if going camping.
little changes started to happen. The kids who
used to just come and leave the church after sermon started to cry out “We will
continually stay here as we are now”. They said,
they want to fill my parent’s empty hearts, And came to my home having dinner with my
parents. Likewise, we
have been moving forward and we now have a new hope.
sister SeonYoung, who ran away from home about a year ago came back in
December, 2014. She said
“There was nothing much out there, now I truly know mom and dad’s love.” SeonYoung
won the prize of the prodigal son at the end of the church year end ceremony. She has led
other wandering friends of hers to God and is making plans for upcoming summer
By the grace
of God, we will be receiving the GC 13th Sabbath offering from June
2015 to be used for our church construction. The upcoming
last Sabbath of June, please
remember the Morning Dew church in a small town and offer your
hearts, we will continually serve the Lord to pour out the early morning dew
until the day of His second coming.
Adventist members! It is not
too far. One of my
favorite texts in the Bible, Hosea 6:3 (Easy Bible version)
"As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he
will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains
that water the earth."
comes like the rain, like the spring rain, I would like
to go to heaven and meet my beloved brother and sister, EunSeop and MinHee, I will hold
Jesus’s hand who had suffered more than I tell him
that “Jesus, we have come this far”.
In heaven, I would love to hear your stories, the stories about your ministry with God. I believe you will all be ready for this, right? Let us meet again in Heaven. Thank you.
Following video was produced by the Office of Adventist Misison of the General Conference for the promotion of the 13th Sabbath Offering Projects for the second quarter of 2015.