Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken, SC. I had a number of opportunities to share about our church planting ministry in Connecticut. I also enjoyed the worship services they had each evening. Two nights of the conference the Korean Children's Choir sang and danced. It was very moving listening to the children praise the Lord. Dr. Billy Kim, chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company, spoke on those nights. He shared the powerful testimony of how during the Korean War a young American soldier named Carl Powers took an interest in him and brought him to America and paid for his education. During that time Kim became a Christian. When his education was complete, Kim returned to his native land and began to minister to Koreans. Untold numbers of people have come to Christ in the last fifty years as a result. Dr. Kim says that whatever was accomplished during all those years must be credited to Carl Powers, for it was Carl Powers who started it all by befriending a young Korean boy who had few prospects for a happy life.
I was greatly encouraged by Dr. Kim's testimony. My wife and I have invested a lot of time and energy in sharing the Gospel with the next generation (see Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation). So many of the young people we have poured our lives into come from such difficult family situations that we often wonder if we are making a difference.
Dr. Kim's story reminded me that sometimes it takes a while for the fruit of our labors to be realized and that every young person's life is worth investing in, no matter how bleak their future may look. Instead of being discouraged by the challenges we see around us in the lives of young people, we should rejoice that God has called us to share His love with the next generation. Rejoice with us in this wonderful calling!
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