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About a year has passed since we started the SDBC Korean Ministry. In the past year, I had the opportunity to serve several international students and their mothers. Many of them have very limited information about adjusting to life here in Canada with the inevitable language barrier.

As a stranger who lives in Canada away from their homeland, these people often need the help of those of us who have the experience of living in Canada. We've been able to form a Korean ministry team who have experienced firsthand what living as immigrants is like, and they are helping the newcomers adjust to new life in a new place. 

The bible depicts details of immigrant life. The Old Testament calls them, "sojourners" (Exodus 23:9), "strangers who sojourn among them" (Leviticus 17:8), and so on. In Hebrew, this word is called "גּוּר, gur," and refers to someone who is staying in a foreign land long-term having left the home country.

Leviticus 19:33-34 says, "When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God."

This is an important lesson that teaches us about how we should serve foreigners among us. Please remember that Jesus was also an immigrant who left heaven to come live among us.

What we ultimately pursue through the words, "You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself," leads to the fruit of the gospel. Through our kind service of love, these sojourners will come to know who God is.

Last summer, our Korean ministry group went on a retreat to Gambier Island with these Korean families. After our retreat, I was able to retrieve some feedback about our retreat. The gospel wasn't shared outright at this retreat, but there was one woman who messaged me and said she was continuously thinking about why this ministry team was serving these families so wholeheartedly, without any benefit, and she still couldn't understand. Yet, she expressed a desire to become like them, too. And thankfully, yesterday, during our conversation, she told me, "I think I met God, through all of you."

Over 130 years ago, 180 Canadian missionaries who loved Korea with the heart of Christ brought the gospel to Korea. Canadian missionaries took the lead in helping orphans from the Korean War. Some people used to think that we were able to go on mission only when we went abroad like this, but now, we look around and there are many sojourners that need our help to experience the love of God and His gospel message.

People come from different cultures and walks of life. Even though we speak different languages and have different appearances, we all need the grace of God. This is a universal truth. Therefore, we can be in a loving relationship with one another through God's love. Is Jesus your saviour and best friend? Then I encourage you to go and serve people who are strangers to His kingdom, and introduce them to Jesus!

Posted by Ryan Choi

Spiritual Care Ministry for Seniors

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Starting January 24th, SDBC will be hosting an eight-week workshop for anyone interested in learning about and providing ongoing spiritual care to an aging population. 

This workshop has been a successful series over the past 5 years in helping lay people to care for aging parents, friends, and family as they face their aging journey. It is a very practical approach in caring for people. This is a great opportunity to act missionally with seniors to show them the love of Jesus by reaching out and helping.

Gerard and Donna van Dop will be the facilitators for these eight two-hour sessions which will use media and workbooks. Donna and Gerard are highly trained nurses who have vast experience dealing with aging issues. Session topics include: Understanding the Aging Journey; Spirituality in Aging; Good Communication; The Power of Storytelling; Dementia; A New Home and a New Life; Loss, Grief, Death and Dying; Roles, Boundaries and Self-Care.

This series comes to us from our Fellowship of Baptist Churches. I have reviewed the materials and find them to be very insightful and of high value in dealing with all kinds of relationships. The material is designed for anyone who is either aging themselves, or who have family members who face their own aging journey. The workshop will give you tools to equip yourself in making a meaningful difference in people's lives and will provide us with a significant opportunity to receive information that will one day be highly valued by those who attend.

This Spiritual Care Workshop will be held on Thursday evenings, starting January 24th, from 6:30-8:30PM, and will run until March 14th. The cost is $20 and includes a participant workbook. If you are interested in attending, please register here before January 20th. Registration forms will also be available at the Connect Desk. 

Please join us by signing up today. Space is limited.

Posted by Rick Burdett

Reflecting on 2018

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God has blessed us so richly in 2018. Despite some of the challenges we faced together as a church family, God led us to participate in His mission by His grace and unfathomable love. We were able to participate in God's mission by teaching the powerful word of God, feeding the hungry, helping families that are struggling, walking alongside those who have experienced significant loss, sharing the gospel with people who have not heard this good news, and providing a community that is conducive to growing as disciples of Jesus. As we participated in God's mission, we also experienced growth ourselves, and we should all take a moment to reflect on the growth God allowed in our lives through the successes, sorrows, and failures that we experienced this year.

At the end of another year, I am reminded that I am not worthy to be a part of God's grand mission to redeem and restore this world for His glory. Yet, God graciously gave me an opportunity to serve Him, and I am thankful for His grace. Please join me in giving thanks to God, and trusting in Him for another year as we head into 2019. May God's glorious presence be with you all, and may He direct your ways in everything that you do in the new year!  

Posted by Paul Park

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