In order to enter a good university, I studied fiercely, resisting all the temptations to play and to sleep more. I was even afraid that living with my friends in the dormitory might disturb my studies. So, I entered a Gosiwon (facility with a number of small single-room accommodations) to concentrate only on my studies all day long, even cutting out meal times. However, I became overwhelmed with a feeling of loneness, which rather hindered me from focusing on my studies. Staying in a small room felt like being in a jail, and it made me so distressed.
One day, I saw an old lady on the opposite side of a subway train. She looked so peaceful when she was holding a Bible in her hands. ‘If I rely on God, I will also find peace of mind.’ I prayed with my hands put together. Strangely enough, tears rolled out of my eyes. Since then, my loneliness disappeared. However, as I started to concentrate on my studies again, I came to forget about God.
A new year came and I became a young adult. I was suddenly reminded of God who consoled my heart in my troubles. I thought that it was not proper for me to find God only when I needed help and to look away from Him now. So I decided to attend a big church near my place every dawn. However, no matter how hard I tried to get up early, I failed to wake up on time, and I ended up being unable to go to church.
One day while I was searching the cell phone numbers of people in my phone book, I found the name of a friend of mine, whom I had not contacted for a long time. I called her just to say hi, and I found out that she was not the same person I used to know before; she was talking to me in a very gentle and gracious way unlike before. She said that she was attending a church. I thought that I would be like her if I followed her to her church. So I told her that I wanted to go with her to the church.
After hanging up the phone, I felt so excited that I boasted to my family that I would go to the Church of God. My younger sister became serious and opposed my going there. However, I went to the Church with my friend and became a child of God right away. I found nothing wrong with the Church of God that follows the words of the Bible completely. Since I had wanted to know about God, I accepted whatever I learned. While I was studying the words of God and sharing love with brothers and sisters in Zion (WMSCOG), I gradually grew in my faith.
Now Elohim God is the top priority of my life. Before, I was almost completely ignorant of the Bible, but now I always shout out “Amen” whenever a member says something in Zion, and it has already become my habit to follow Father and Mother’s beautiful teaching—“Serve others.” When I see how completely I have changed in less than a year, I feel like I am still dreaming.
Now I am preaching the gospel in Canada thanks to Mother’s boundless love and grace. My younger sister, who used to have an unfavorable impression of the Church of God but was finally born again into a new life, is also planning to come here soon to preach the gospel together with me. I will be more obedient to God’s word so I can please God all the time. God the Father and God the Mother, I truly give thanks to You for having called me to be Your child!
JR Jeong from Canada