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2017 New Year Message

“For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” (Act 13:47)

Hello, brothers and sisters all around the world. God has helped our mission throughout 2016 and has worked for our mission for many years. The biggest grace he has allowed us is that there are a lot of people in the world but he has saved us from our sins first and has kept us here for God to work within us in 2017.

When I became 50 years old, I thought, “What if I could live for only 10 years more?” That is why the year I turned 50, I planned to live for 10 more years and began to arrange everything. But for the 10 years, I lived, God blessed me a lot and did not take me away. Although now I became 70 years, God still gave me a chance to work. In Korean age, I will be 74 and I am living an unbelievable life. My father passed away when he was 70 and King David also died when he was 70.

David became king when he was 30 and lived as a king for 40 years. Just before his death, the king had no strength and was lying in bed most of the time. That is why people like Adonijah came and was trying to be king. Actually, in the year of 1999, I had a heart problem and it was difficult to withstand that year. Now I am 74, but God gave me really good health that I don’t have any problem riding planes and travelling around the world.

As we enter into 2017, there is something I really want to say. If the widow of Zarephath did not want to lose this handful of meal, being unable to have faith to see the barrel full of meal, and chose the handful of meal, she could have died. If she had seen with eyes without faith, she might have thought, “If there is no meal again after giving this to Elijah, it will be a loss to us.” What is important is that God does not lie. What’s even more important thing is that people who believe in God also believe the words of the servant of God. God did not speak directly to the widow but spoke through his servant. Many people say that although I believe God, I cannot believe in the servants of God. The bible says, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7) If you experience loss by believing in the servants of God then He will compensate all. If you believe God, you also have to believe His servants.