2015 Angeles City – Youme Gim

Unity In Love

One of the first things I ever wanted to do when I was born again was to go on missions. Not just to the person across the street, but to people in some distant land. In remote countries of Africa and places like India are where signs, wonders, and miracles were exploding. Or so I heard. Ever since then, my heart was burning to see and experience for myself all of God’s goodness and power. When I discovered that the missions ministry at New Philadelphia Church was about empowering the local ministers, I was excited and eager to participate. I knew this missions trip would change my life forever. But what I didn’t know was how it would change me.

It started the very first day of ministry in Tarlac City, which is about a 45 minute car ride north of Angeles City. We had a packed day ahead of us: house to house ministry in the slums, children’s ministry, evangelism service, followed by a prayer meeting with the praise team who were also the youth leaders of the church. We met with Pastor Ibay (the local pastor) and the youth leaders (who would be our translators and guides) to minister in the slums. It was interesting to see how there was such an ease in ministering with each other. I was the only team member from the Itaewon campus. I had not really interacted with our team prior to arriving in the field. Yet there was no awkwardness or distance between the team members. I made a note of that.

After all our official ministry activities were over, everyone hung around the sanctuary. The youth leaders showed us a dance routine that was absolutely amazing, then offered to teach us a dance. The music came on and everyone, New Philadelphia Church and Church of God Capas, danced. No, our team didn’t get all the moves right at first, but we caught on. I believe this event set the tone for the remainder of the trip. God brought supernatural unity in our midst. We quickly got to know each other more and more everyday. With our team having the second portion of our trip in Angeles City, we knew that our time was limited. We said our goodbyes and promised to keep in touch through Facebook. During our morning meeting on recreation day, our New Philly team prayed, saddened that our time with our Church of God Capas teammates had come to an end. We carried our mixed emotions with us. There was anticipation for the day ahead, but also sadness at having had to say goodbye. But as the New Philly team slowly made out way out of our meeting room, we found the entire group of Church of God Capas youth leaders right in front of us! There were literal tears of joy in our eyes, and we embraced each other as if at a family reunion. We learned that these youth leaders took great lengths to make time for us that day. One girl even took her exam early to spend time with us. All this Kingdom synergy and affection towards each other was established in the span of less than a week. How good and perfect it is when brothers dwell together in unity!

Like I said, I knew God was going to change my life. I expected that to happen through signs, wonders, and miracles- which we indeed saw in healings and many salvations. But to me, God took my perspective of His people to a whole new level. It was a glimpse of the body of Christ manifested. And I will never be the same again.

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:12).

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