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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Biography of Chan Young Choi

Jul 01, 2012 04:00 am
Today's Devotional
1 Timothy 4:12 "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."
What a blessing it was to have Asians reaching Asians for Christ! Although they had never served as missionaries abroad before, Chan and Esther introduced new methods to reach peoples in Thailand and other Asian countries for Christ. One thing people often forget is that young missionaries are often vibrant and energetic, ready to do anything for their Lord. The same is true for young churches, and the people they send out.
As the Korean church becomes more mature, pray that they don’t lose their fervency for sharing Christ with the nations.
Today's People Group
Many people would have panicked, but not Chan Young Choi. During the Korean War (1950-53), he once had to run with nothing but the clothes on his back from his house when it was being bombed. Later in the war, he could have been killed when the North Korean army captured him. But as he prayed, he realized that his life was not his own. The Lord had given him life for a reason, so it must be fully dedicated to Him. In 1954 after the war had ended, he was commissioned as a missionary in the General Assembly of the Korean Presbyterian Church. He was given a scholarship to attend Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. As he was preparing for a season of study, his mission committee asked Chan and his wife, Esther, to pray about serving as Korea’s first foreign missionaries since the end of the war. The couple prayed all night. By dawn they knew that God did not want them to take the easy route of living in comfortable California. Pasadena would have to wait until he retired in 1992. For now, the young couple chose to serve the Lord in Thailand.|At first it was hard for the Thai people to fathom the idea of an Asian Christian missionary. Many Thai felt that Christianity was the white man’s religion. At that time Korea was struggling to recover from the war, and Thailand had a relatively strong economy.
Pray for today’s Korean missionaries to be dedicated to doing whatever God tells them to do.
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