God Taught Me to Submit
English for Missions (EFM) July quarter student – Jun Ho Park (2014)
Above all, I am thankful to God for calling me to YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Perth. It is a miracle just being here. God allowed me to do the EFM.
Before I came here, I took English Class with British Council in Korea for two months. In the beginning, I compared the EFM to this class which was well organised and was very helpful to me. I chose the EFM instead of English academy to further my English learning. As time went by, my comparison and judgement had turned into complaint. I felt like my English wasn’t improving and I felt rather confused, so I didn’t enjoy class. Surely, I was responsible for my learning. My attitude was not good. I asked God why He led me to do the EFM.
I was like the people in the book of Exodus from Egypt. They compared the wildness to Egypt. God’s thoughts are not my thoughts and His ways are far beyond anything I could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts higher than my thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
God showed me that I was very self-centred and rebellious. God taught me to obey and submit to leadership. It was very challenging. He showed me that the reason for being in EFM was for this training, not just learning English. I would be able to serve better as staff on the YWAM base after the EFM because of it. He also taught me through the history of YWAM, it was founded by Loren Cunningham in 1960, how to embrace Kingdom Culture and implement biblical foundational values in my life.
My English improved a lot, but I didn’t quite achieve as much as I expected. I still need a translator. Nevertheless, I am thankful to God because He is my hope. God said to me in Acts 18:9b “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent. For I am with you…”. I want to keep pressing on with my English.