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3rd and 4th Quarter of 2018

By 2018, Newsletter

Shalom! Team Boaz Co-Workers ~! I greet you in the good name of our Lord Jesus Christ, rich in love and grace. This report inevitably contains 3rd and 4th quarters of 2018. Should you be worried about no news for a while?

As usual, I have day after day passed through various Tests that God allows, and I realize anew that God confirms whether I have solid faith indeed and I practice it in my life.

This (Test) is clearly different from the Trial. While the Trial means that a student is able to cope with the temptation to play outside or to go to sleep fast and then, to study hard and steadily until late at night during the semester, the Test will be the process to get the results of his accumulated capability in endurance through a midterm exam, final exams, entrance examination and so on.

There are many good examples in the Bible. He made a bet with Satan to let Job suffer great disaster and deny God and give up his faith. To Daniel’s three friends, He let them to choose either to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue or to be thrown into the fire. He watched Abraham obey his command to sacrifice his only son Isaac.

It took a long and difficult Trial process for them to pass this Test by faith. Just as a student should be studying uninterruptedly, it is lifetime task for Saints to mature their faith through life. Such a strong faith can never be achieved overnight.

This means that the Trial of God will not cease to the Saints, and that at some stage of faith maturity, the Test will be presented from time to time. In the end, the life of the Saints is a process to overcome well the Trial given by God, and with discernment, to pass the Test and to avoid the Temptation. 

 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1: 2-4)

I’ve been mistaken indeed. When I came to Indonesia for business mission by obeying my calling at the end of the theology, I knew that God’s ultimate plan for me would be fulfilled. In other words, I thought it would be enough to take the charge of my business mission and I should only bear fruit. But it was not that.

Now I realize. I know that the life I am currently living in, is still a Trial process that God allows. I am still much short of ability and weak in the work and therefore, continue to be trained and grow. Because I still have not passed many Tests.

Though I was called to a place where there is no one I can rely on, I have rather relied on humans than God, still living in a way that depends on humanity and solves the problems in human ways and accordingly, no God’s will does accomplish, leaving me to languish.

During the year 2018, He continued to challenge me with the words, ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.’ Now, it seems that I reach the faith to confess at least in the will of this Word. If I truly acknowledge God as my shepherd who made me to His plan and claims my life and death, my life will lack nothing. I wish that next year there will be progress in greater faith.

 

Missionary work

Team Boaz had the sixth medical missionary work in the Afghanistan camp in the Bogor region on August 24. This event was sponsored by Sungbok Church in Jamsil where Pastor Kim Joong-ho, a Talbot Seminary alumnus and a director of Team Boaz Foundation is ministering.

We did not have medical ministry in the fourth quarter. This is because missionary Choi Young-mi (tentmaker missionary), a key member of Team Boaz’s medical mission, has been forced to work for a living, making it impossible for her to work on weekdays.

The refugee residence area where we have been practicing medical care is the mountain area where the safari (zoo) is located. On weekends, however, the road to the refugee residence area becomes one way. In the morning it is only allowed to go up and late in the afternoon to go down. So, on weekends it is impossible to work in this area.

It is too bad, but under such a condition the medical ministry has been paused for a while from the fourth quarter and we are praying for another ministry that God allows. Even if our refugee medical ministry is tentatively suspended, please pray for other helping hand so that they will continue to be treated without alienation.

Even in the third and fourth quarters, the afterschool (Saptu Ceria) and the preschool (Sumber Kasih) are progressing well in God’s Grace. Although our support is not big enough at this moment, I would like to silently take the ministry with the hope that the Indonesian children whom Teamboaz supports will someday become a political leader who breaks down corruption in Indonesia and grow into an economic leader to overcome the disparity between the rich and the poor.

Last Sharing is the ISF (International Student Association) ministry. In the third and fourth quarters, we regularly gathered monthly to learn how to cook Korean food and shared their lives with each other. The recipe of the Korean food we made together was so delicious that the members were very happy with eat.

Prayer Title

  1. Please pray for the qualitative and quantitative growth of Chrombit. We want to be a good company model for good jobs, and we want Chrombit to be a path of blessing. Through the services provided by Chrombit, we want to improve the quality of life in Indonesia.
  2. Pray for employees to experience the love and grace of Jesus Christ in their work lives. The gospel, that preaches by living, not by the word to say, is the most effective tool of preaching the gospel, so please give your intercessory prayer for me to live on the example of faith.
  3. We have stopped refuge medical service ministry. Pray for other helping hands to open the way for refugees to receive regular care. And we are looking for a new medical mission area. Pray that we will be well connected with grace.
  4. We are in discussions with several vendors to sell FinTech App solutions, which mCash developed and operated for a while. Pray for a final sales contract to be made.
  5. Pray for the growth of Chrombit’s future enterprise, 3D printer manufacturing and distribution, and 3D printing services. We are recruiting good investors and business partners.
  6. Through Team Boaz’s ministry, I hope Chrombit employees will feel the joy of serving with their skills. And most of all, I want to see them to meet the gospel of Jesus Christ in this process.
  7. Pray that, being an Indonesian branch president of the International Student Association (ISF), I have a variety of activities that will help me build my career in Indonesia and continue networking with those graduates to represent Korea for publicizing Korean merit in Indonesia.

 

Guidance on Patronage

Team Boaz is a nonprofit organization (NGO). Backed up by your patronage and prayer, we can spread Christ’s love. We look forward to sponsorship from those who sympathize on the effect of our mission.

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From your brother in Jesus

Isaiah Lee Choongsil

1st Quarter of 2018

By 2018, Newsletter

Greetings in the name of our gracious Lord to all TeamBoaz’ supporters always in prayers with donation!

Every TeamBoaz’ project is for helping poor neighbours – that is, operation of kindergarten and after school class for children in poor villages, lacking the opportunity to get quality education : teaching IT to local seminary students who will be the church leaders in future : medical ervice to refugees staying in Indonesia without any promise until their second nationality is settled.

While confronting these people under TeamBoaz’ support, situated in diverse positions, an inspiration strikes me. “How come I am in a position to help them and they are in a position to be helped?” “If I were born in a poor village outside of Jakarta like them, or if I were born of an ethnic minority in Afghanistan, or if I were born in Korean peninsula under Japanese colonial rule in 1900s or I were a child of a POW in the North Korea in 1960s?” “Was it indeed possible that I would have been the present self in any situations?

The answer was, of course, “No.” I could also have suffered in dire poverty, living in other countries as a refugee. I could have lived, with no idea on any dream, in a leaking shanty of a Jakarta slum village. I could have survived in a coal mine village in Aoji, filling the empty stomach with coal ashes, stigmatized as the descendant of a puppet army all my life. 

By the way, I was born by my parents in 1975 in the Republic of Korea and therfore, I could have grown up enloying and learning many things. It can’t be denied that the reason why I am in a position to help someone, lies not in my superiority or good-nature, but on His planned setting.  

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”(Jeremiah 1:5)

That surely sounds right My being myself is entirely made by the grace of Lord and therefore, there is nothing to be proud of. As there is His distinct plan for my being myself, according to the will of Lord who raises me up so as to be of help to difficult neighborhood, I only do my best to deliver His love.

Missionary 

Last Feb 23, TeamBoaz did its third medical service in Bogor district where Afghanistan refugees reside. In particular, the support from Karis (professional enterprise of the snake skin handbag), a Christian enterprise, and our Consulting & Tour made a significant contribution to this event.

When we had the first medical service here in December last year, there was much wary atmosphere in doubt if we approached them for a religious purpose. (evangelism) However, after having watched our continued and persistent endeavor, now they show their changed attitudes, volunteering in our service.

For smooth operation of medical service, young refugees, who can speak English, are taking on interpretation. Their support got even more active than that at the first service. When the service completed and equipments were packed, those who received medical treatments came up to us and sincerely appreciated our concern for them by placing their right hands on their chests. Now it seems that they’ve got to accept our affection without suspicion.

TeamBoaz’ medical mission is carried out together with 3 physicians and 3 dentists associated to Indonesian Christian Doctors Association. We have a brief time to  pray in the name of Christ just before starting medical service and after finishing the ervice. It is only the time to reveal our identity.

TeamBoaz’ educational service also is consistently carried out well. 

Teaching IT to local seminary students is done by TeamBoaz staffs to visit the seminary in the morning every Saturday. It is my wish during prayer that our muslim staffs may encounter Jesus Christ through interchange with seminary students.

Sumbarkasih(Origin of Love) kindergarten started 2nd semester after the winter vacation. About 40 inmates have steady learning. The teacher is the local seminary student on placement. Every year one female seminary student of 3rd grade is arranged to Sumbarkasi kindergarten on placement. Through the cooperation with the local seminary, Sumbarkasi kindergarten could be set up as a model of sustainable missionary work.

Saptu Ceria (pleasant Saturday) after-school class too started 2nd semester. The volunteer teachers of this after-school class are also the local seminary students. Every Saturday they go to 5 poor villages in a Tangurang suburb and teach students of the primary, middle and high school diverse subjects.

The last mission is cooperation with ISF. That is to have meetings for relationship and mentoring once every month with Indonesian students, who have studied in Korea. In case of the third world students having studied/studying in Korea, they tend to have bad impression about Korea and in the hope to be an opportunity to ease such discomfort, the meeting is continued. On the last Lunar New Year we played Yutnory game(typical Korean folk game) at my house. They said that they have never played such a game before. Upon hearing such conversation, I could once again find out that Korean management program for oversease students is coarse.

Praying

  1. Please pray for qualitative and quantitative growth of Chrombit that wants to be a model of good enterprise, that supplies good jobs, and to be a path to blessings. It is desired that Indonesian’s quality of life may improve by virtue of the products and services provided by Chrombit. Your prayer is requested for the growth in both quality and volume of the enterprise.
  2. Please pray that our workers will be able to experience Jesus Christ’s love and grace at the job sites. Ministering Gospel by living out is more effective than that by words. Your intercessory prayer is, therefore, requested for me to live out a model of true Christianity.

  3. Please pray for mCash to succeed conversion to a new business model. It is now proceeding development of a new solution to be completed by the end of August ….

  4. It is desired that, through Team Boaz’s service, staffs of mCash and Chrombit can enjoy the pleasure welling up in the services with their skills. First of all, it is earnestly desired that they should encounter Jesus Christ Gospel. Please pray for this.

  5. Please pray for me, in charge of the branch manager of ISF (International Students Forum) in Indonesia, to fully cope with the role and build my career in Indonesia, and to keep the networking with those graduates, who can speak for Korea, and accordingly, together with them to be able to continue doing variable activity to introduce S. Korea into Indonesia.

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