A team of five Tall Oaks Classical School students (Audra Baumann, Hannah Crismon, Josh Franck, Jaime Weber and Valerie Ziegler) along with two parent-chaperons (Janet Baumann and Matt Crismon) will be traveling to South Korea for one month this summer.
Nearly two thirds of our time will be spent in mission work and one third participating in a global youth forum and visiting historic sights in South Korea.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Final, and Longest Leg
Dear Friends and Family,
With home and
my daily routine left behind, and two weeks of teaching ahead, I find myself
(homesick as I may be) looking at the faces of my students in front of me,
remembering why we all came. This message comes to you directly from one of our
three daily twenty minute breaks, between busy classes filled with laughter
and, oh yes, confusion.
proving successful so far, and hopefully will continue to be so. Being that
it's only day one, I don't have much to report in the ways of classroom
experiences, but I can certainly say it has been an entirely new journey! From
classroom soccer with balls of paper, to being riddled with questions ranging
from my age to my blood type (oh yes, my blood type), teaching seems as if it
will push me even more so out of my comfort zone.
If my trip so
far could be summed up with one word, it would most definitely have to be
(provided hyphens are allowed) life-changing. The ways which the Lord has
worked through us all on this trip have been, and continue to be, remarkable.
My request to you all is that you continue to pray for us as our journey is on
its last leg.
I think I can
safely say that we are all enjoying our time here, but at the same time, we all
greatly miss our homes and those we left behind. With our time here having
eclipsed its halfway point, we know our time is coming near to its end. Our
days in Korea are dwindling, as is our strength in some areas. Please pray we
will be given strength to finish out the race.
prayer is a prayer from the Valley of Vision:
Life-Giving God, Quicken me
to call upon thy name,
my mind is ignorant,
and only thy Spirit can help my
I approach thee as Father and Friend,
my portion forever,
my exceeding joy,
my strength of heart.
I believe in thee as the God of nature,
the Ordainer of providence,
the sender of Jesus my Saviour.
My guilty fears discourage an approach to thee.
But I praise thee for the blessed news
that Jesus reconciles thee to me.
May the truth that is in Him
illuminate in me all that is dark,
establish in me all that is wavering,
comfort in me all that is wretched,
accomplish in me all that is of thy goodness,
and glorify in me the name of Jesus.
I pass through a vale of tears
but bless thee for the opening gate of glory
at its end.
Enable me to realize as mine the better,
Prepare me for every part of my pilgrimage.
Uphold my steps by thy Word. Let no iniquity dominate me.
Teach me that Christ cannot be the way
if I am the end,
that he cannot be Redeemer
if I am my own saviour,
that there can be no true union with Him
while the creature has my heart,
that faith accepts him as Redeemer and Lord
or not at all.
My prayer of the day, and my suggestion to any who read who may find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. -JHF