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Seoul Sungrak Church

December 2016 Issue #2

Blessing Channel S-All Together In celebration of 47th Anniversary, Sungrak Church designated Nov. 27 2016 as S-All Together Lord’s Day. Including the saints from the satellite churches all over the country, all of the Sungrak people had gathered together at CWMC.

2016 Special Service for Appointment of Lady Elders “Lady Elders, we are devoted to loving our church and making our church successful.” The 2016 Special Service for the Appointment of Lady Elders was held at Christian World Mission Center (CWMC) on November 13 (on The Lord’s Day). The Service began with the Soul Dance Group, The Sungrak, the Love—children’s praise team and a group of Sungrak Lady Elders performing in celebration.

The Building of My Soul I found God I was 14 years old when my mother became mentally ill. Her sickness turned my family upside down. As my cheerful personality started fading, I would question about the sudden calamity inflicted on my family: ‘Why did my mother get sick? Why are we so poor?’ Searching for relief from the agony, I turned to religion.

2016 Sungrak Volunteers EXPO

“Love in Action”

The 2016 Sungrak Volunteers EXPO was held on Oct. 30th and Nov. 6th, consecutively on the Lord’s Day. This event was designed for all saints to be involved in serving the Church, which is the body of Jesus Christ, according to their talents.

Letter from China The Government Prohibits Services and Issues Sudden Threats In mid-May of this year, some authorities from the County Department of Religion rushed in and issued the threat: “Stop the church meeting immediately, or you will suffer the consequences.” We continued our regular gathering in spite of the threat. We also continued our weekly bible study as well.

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S-All Together Day In celebration of 47th Anniversary, Sungrak Church designated Nov. 27 2016 as S-All Together Lord’s Day. Including the saints from the distant provincial satellite churches, all of the Sungrak people had gathered together at CWMC. As the members preparing for the day, they also had been participating the 40 Days Fasting Prayer Relay – praying in unison for the ‘Revival’ – during the period of 10/19 ~11/27.

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Happy Anniversary


2016 Special Service for Appointment of Lady Elders “Lady Elders, we are devoted to loving our church and making our church successful.”

The 2016 Special Service for the Appointment of Lady Elders was held at Christian World Mission Center (CWMC) on November 13 (on The Lord’s Day). The Service began with the Soul Dance Group, The Sungrak, the Love—children’s praise team and a group of Sungrak Lady Elders performing in celebration. The Overseer Sung-Hyun Kim delivered the message from 2 Timothy 1:6-14 saying, “Without God’s care, there is no hope for us. Happy are they whom God remembers for God is their life. Those of you who will be appointed lady elders today, I urge you to place the matters of the Kingdom of Heaven and of the Church before anything else. I, as your Overseer, will petition God not only for your souls but for the good of your family and your descendants.” After the sermon, deacon Jae-Soon Kim proclaimed the Lady Elders’ Pledge commencing the appointment ceremony. Two hundred fifty four lady elders were appointed and they took an oath to serve the church, to be the models of faithful saints and to be the champions of the church and the Overseer. Lady elders are called to support the church and Overseer with a mother’s heart for the growth and improvement of the church. May the newly appointed lady elders become powerful supporters of our church.


The Building of My Soul Deacon Sam-Soo Kim Busan worship center of Sungrak Church

I found God

하나님과의 만남 어머니는 내가 중학교 2학년 때 정신병에 걸렸다. 어머니의 병은 우리 가정을 송두리째 바꿔놓았다. 활발하고 명랑했던 나 또한 내성적으로

I was 14 years old when my mother became mentally ill. Her sickness turned my family upside down. As my cheerful personality started fading, I would question about the sudden calamity inflicted on my family: ‘Why did my mother get sick? Why are we so poor?’ Searching for relief from the agony, I turned to religion. In spite of a total commitment to practicing meditation according to the Buddha’s teaching, I couldn’t even control my simple physical desires let alone any spiritual ones. I gradually discontinued the religious meditation. When I came back to the reality of living with my mom and my grandmother (my body had become weaker over time and my mind was filled with emptiness) my older sister admonished me to take our mother to the church where she might be healed.

“I thank God for saving my soul and for rescuing me from poverty. I thank God that I have become holy by the Truth and that I am the temple of God.” 변했다. 집에 혼자 있는 시간이면 어머니가 왜 병에 걸렸는지, 우리 가 정은 왜 이렇게 가난한지 고민했다. 가정에서 받은 고통을 잊기 위해 찾 은 것은 종교였다. 불교에 심취한 나는 집을 떠나 수양생활에 매진했지 만, 그것으로는 육체의 정욕조차 해결하지 못했다. 나는 서서히 불교에 서 빠져 나왔다. 일상으로 돌아온 나는 병든 어머니와 할머니를 모시고 살았다. 몸은 하루가 다르게 지쳐갔고, 마음은 언제나 공허했다. 그때 큰 누나의 어머니의 병을 고칠 수 있다며 어머니를 모시고 교회에 가보라 고 권유했다.

큰 누나의 말을 듣고 찾아간 곳은 50평 자리 천막 안에서 사람들이 숙식 하는 천막교회였다. 천막 안에는 병을 고치기 위해 찾아온 병자들로 가 득했다. 그곳에서 어머니와 나는 아침저녁으로 예배를 드렸고, 예배가 끝난 후에는 목사님께 축사와 안수를 받았다. 놀랍게도 나는 천막에서 밤낮으로 예배를 드리며 하나님께서 나를 이곳을 인도하셨음으 깨달았 다. 은혜를 받은 나는 새벽기도를 시작했다. 하루는 새벽기도를 하며 우 상 앞에 엎드린 것을 회개했다. 그 순간, 나는 성령을 모시고 방언을 말 하게 되었다. 성령을 모시자 내 영혼에 기쁨이 샘솟아싿. 죄를 사함 받 고 성령을 모신 기쁨은 세상의 어떤 것과도 비교할 수 없었다.

내 영혼의 건축을 위한 헌신 나는 2008년부터 지금까지 매년 헌신에 참여했다. 크리스천 세계선교 센터를 건축할 때에도 성전 건축에 참여하겠다는 마음으로 헌신에 참여 했다. 2014년부터는 예배당 건축에 대한 비전을 품고 헌신에 더욱 힘을 냈다. 나의 비전과 다르게 예배당 건축은 미뤄졌지만, 그에 대한 하나 님의 뜻과 계획이 있다고 믿는다. 그와 함께 먼저 내 영혼이 하나님이

The church was actually a large tent, approximately 1800 square feet that was full of people who were living inside in hopes of getting healed. My mother and I attended the services day and night, and the pastor would lay his hands on us and pray for us. One day, I realized God had led us there. By God’s grace, I began attending the Early Morning Prayer meeting. One random morning when I started to repent about idle worship, I received the Holy Spirit and all of a sudden I began to speak in tongues. The greatest joy I have ever imagined was flowing inside of me. The joy of being freed from sins and receiving the Holy Spirit was incomparable with anything in this world.

The dedication for my spiritual edification

I have participated the Yearly Dedication since 2008. During the construction of the Christian World Mission Center (CWMC), I have happily participated in the commitment to the building God’s sanctuary. Since 2014, I have endeavored to pledge for the construction of the satellite church in Busan province. Although the construction has been postponed, I believe it is God’s will and plan. In the meantime, I started examining myself to see if I am faithful to God as His temple and as His tool. God helped me to realize that my church members and I must first


거하시는 성전으로 하나님이 편히 쓰실 수 있는 자인지 고민 하게 시작했다. 하나님께서는 예배당 건축 이전에 나와 성 도들의 믿음이 건축되어야 할 필요성을 보여주셨다. 나는 하 나님의 인도에 따라 내 영혼을 위한 건축을 위해 기도하며 헌 신했다.

올해 헌신은 하나님께 내 영혼 을 드리는 과정이 되어야겠다 고 생각했다. 그리고 하나님께 내 영혼을 드려서 어떻게 쓰임 받을 수 있을까 고민하며 헌신을 준비했 다. 하루는 아내가 헌신을 작정하며 나에게 어떻게 할지 물었다. 나는 아내의 질문에 작년과 똑같이 해야 한지 않겠냐고 답했다. 그러나 아내 는 헌신 금액이 당신 마음에 있는데 하나님께 마음을 드려야 하지 않겠 냐고 말했다. 사실 나에게는 지난 몇 년간 사업을 구상하며 사업 자금 으로 준비한 물질이 있었다. 아내의 말에 이번 헌신에는 사업 자금으로 준비했던 물질을 하나님께 드려야겠다는 감독이 왔다. 고민 하지 않고 그 금액을 작정하니 평안이 밀려왔다. 하나님께서는 나의 헌신을 받아주셨다. 헌신을 통해 하나님께서 직분에 대한 지경을 넓혀주신 것이다. 나는 소극적적인 믿음으로 직분을 감당하 다가 적극적으로 변화되었다. 하나님께서는 교회학교를 이끌어가는 지 혜와 목양사로서 목장을 섬길 수 있는 믿음을 주셨다. 사실 이번 헌신을 준비하며 하나님께서 나에게 물질로 복을 주실 것이라는 기대는 내려놓 고 있었다. 이번 헌신은 내가 영혼이 건축이 되고 올바른 신앙으로 세워 지는 것에 초점을 두고 있었기 때문이다. 그런데 헌신이 끝나고 6월 한 달 동안 백화점 판매대를 납품하는 의뢰가 들어왔다. 물건을 납품하고 받은 금액은 생각 이상이었고, 들어온 금액의 일부는 내년 헌신을 위해 따로 준비해 놓았다. 이번 일은 하나님께서 내년 헌신을 준비하라고 주 시는 것으로 생각했기 때문이다.

나는 변화 받지 못한 나의 속사람이 진리의 성령으로 새롭게 되도록 날 마다 엎드려 기도한다. 나 같은 죄인을 살려주시고 가난에서 건져 부유 함을 주셔서 감사하다. 나의 영혼이 진지로 거룩해지고 주가 거하시는 거룩한 성전이 되어서 감사하다. 내가 하나님의 성전이 되었다는 것만 으로도 기쁘고 감사한 헌신이었다. 나와 아내가 한마음으로 헌신 할 수 있어서 더욱 감사하다.

build Faith. Obediently, I began to devote myself to prayer and to spiritual edification. As I was thoroughly contemplating how to make myself useful to God for this year’s Dedication, my wife conferred with me concerning the amount we should pledge for the Dedication Offering. I told her the amount should be the same as last year. She replied that the amount should be what I had already purposed in my mind. The truth was that I had some money saved up as seed money for my business. However, upon hearing her admonition, I was stirred and gladly pledged the same amount as my Dedication Offering. I felt peace encompassing me. We know that God has accepted our Dedication Offering for God has entrusted me with more duties and enabled me to carry them out. I used to be somewhat passive about doing God’s work, but no longer. God has given me the wisdom to lead the Sunday School and the faith to serve souls as a field leader of my parish. Although my wife and I did not expect a financial blessing, six months after the Dedication Offering, we had a contract offering from a department store with much higher revenue than we had expected, which we decided to allocate for next year’s Dedication Offering. Now, I pray for the parts of my inner man that have not yet been changed by the Spirit of Truth. I thank God for saving my soul and for rescuing me from poverty. I thank God that I have become holy by the Truth and that I am the temple of God. Being the temple of the living God carries more honor and is worth more than anything in the world. I am so grateful that my wife and I are always in total agreement as we pledge and I give my Dedication Offering with joy.


2016 Sungrak Volunteers EXPO “Love in Action” The 2016 Sungrak Volunteers EXPO was held on Oct. 30th and Nov. 6th , consecutively on the Lord’s Day. This event was designed for all saints to be involved in serving the Church, which is the body of Jesus Christ, according to their talents. The event opened under the slogan “Love in Action” with the uplifting sound of singing and dancing of flash mobs which were comprised of participants from each booth. After this exciting performance, Overseer Sung-Hyun Kim delivered a brief message: “Jesus has given us Grace and made us His church. In carrying out His work, we have been commissioned to wholeheartedly accomplish it together. For this reason, together we must seek first the work He left to us. I pray that all the believers and saints at our church who are trained and live lives of faith, may produce holy fruits unto eternal life.” Altogether, 19 departments and organizations of Sungrak Church participated in the EXPO including Sunday School, New Family Academy, Domestic Mission Association, Sungrak (Translation) Mission Center etc. For two consecutive Lord’s day, each booth operated from 10:30 AM to 5 PM at the Christian World Mission Center (CWMC) lobby promoting their departments and recruiting applicants. The EXPO has presented opportunities both for departments that were shorthanded, and for those willing to volunteer but who did not know how to take the first step. As the slogan “Love in Action” indicates, volunteering is the putting love into action. Hopefully, This event served as a wonderful medium through which all Sungrak people could express their abundant love towards God.


Letter from China Greetings, This is Deacon L from C. G. Sungrak Church. On behalf of myself and my congregation, I would like to express our gratitude. Because of your heartfelt support, we were able to remain strong in the midst of the severe storm of affliction and persecution.

The Government Prohibits Services and Issues Sudden Threats

In mid-May of this year, some authorities from the County Department of Religion rushed in and issued the threat: “Stop the church meeting immediately, or you will suffer the consequences.” We continued our regular gathering in spite of the threat. We also continued our weekly bible study as well. In the mean time they issued us an official notice prohibiting any kind of gathering(s) and posted the notice on the entrance to our church. Our brothers and sisters paid no attention to the threats. Even our new believers entered through the door ignoring the prohibition and eager to gather more. Things did not get any better. With the summer retreat just a few days away, we still did not have a place to hold the retreat nor the financing to support it. To make matters worse, the friction between us and the Department of Religion continued to grow.

Our Enemy Suddenly Becomes Our Friend

Then one day, God suddenly opened all the doors at once. I received a call from one of our sisters with confirmation that a conference room and a dormitory were available for us to use for the retreat at a Senior Center. That afternoon, when I stopped by the offices of the Department of Religion, I could sense the change in their attitude. They warmly said to me, “Since we are all like one family, we will not be so strict with you. It is a good thing to believe in Jesus. We will support you.” They were even kind enough to see us off as if we were old friends. They were actually delighted with the pair of Semuon’s books that I gave them as a gift and promised me that they would read them. The enemy had become a friend. It was exactly as the scripture says that “your enemies shall come out against you one way but flee before you seven.”


Bearing More Fruit in the Midst of Persecution

I am most grateful that we endured during our darkest 51 days (from May 21 to July 15) and that our church members became completely united as one: no one weakened or abrogated their faith and on every Lord’s Day, we had newcomers to the church. People were healed from severe physical pains and illnesses including uterine cancer, stomach cancer and so on. As our saints experienced God, they became more active in evangelizing and teaching God’s Word. Hallelujah!

The New Sanctuary

In the midst of the persecution and as a result of all our church members endeavoring together, we have purchased a new sanctuary and we are looking forward to the inaugural service after the interior remodeling is complete. Our church is not comprised of many influential, talented, or educated members. Though we are insignificant and humble people, God has manifested His power through us. Hallelujah! We give all the glory to God our Father. 2016. 8. 23 G Sungrak Church deacon L.