|A view from Seoul Tower|
The American media really makes Korea sound like a terrifying war zone. No doubt there are tensions and not to make light of it in any way, shape or form...but it just wasn't as scary as I thought it would be over there even though we were just about 30-40 miles from the North Korea border. God really gives you grace for the moment. (Kinda reminded me of how on Survivor I lost my fear of snakes and bugs while out in the jungle. Of course, I'm scared of them all over again now that I'm home, but I had grace for the moment! It was pretty awesome.) As I was saying, though...the media really made it sound scary and my kids were scared that I was going over there. I was also hesitant to leave my family for so long. I know how hard things can be for my husband when I'm gone - and how much my kids miss me and how much I would miss my family. My husband encouraged me to go though, and I am glad I didn't listen to my fear but found courage to go in spite of it. It really was a huge blessing.
|Allen Hester, Middle School Chaplain|
|Me with Allen & Jeremy|
I realized by about day four that I was not going to have to deal with jet lag over there. Apparently, many of my friends and my mentor were praying for that specifically. God heard their prayers! I'm happy to say that I had all the energy I needed to speak at about thirteen sessions between the school and three churches (one of them was an Indonesian Church where I worked with a translator!). It would have been fifteen sessions, but two of the sessions were on Monday and school was canceled because of a snow storm that blew in. Oh, did I mention it's C-O-L-D in Korea?
|Some of the teachers at YISS|
I am humbled every moment that I think about how God allowed me, a regular wife and mom from SC, to be a part of a reality show over three years ago and how He is still using that very short but powerful nine days to open the door for me to teach others about Him all over the world and what it means to know Him personally. Only God could do this. Only God.
This afternoon, as I sit in my cozy living room, exhaling (and admittedly, still in my PJ's and proud of it) and reliving some of the moments from last week, I just want to say "thank you" if you were one of the precious friends of mine who prayed for me. I'm so honored that God took me to Korea. I'm so excited He used me. And I'm so excited how He used so many others - the missionaries, the teachers, the pastors, the students....to teach me more about Him, too.