Learning Heavenly Mother’s Love from overseas preaching
Hello. I want to say a few words about how I got involved in the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG). I was an atheist before I received the truth in the Church of God. I hated church itself and I didn’t understand why people went to church every Sunday. I also doubted the existence of God and trusted myself all the time. Every day I did everything as I pleased. Since my parents were more open-hearted than other parents I could do whatever I wanted.
When I was a 2nd year middle school student I moved to Kim-hae, where I live now, from another region. I met a friend at school and soon we became very close. She recommended me to go to her church so I just followed her and got baptized in the Church of God. However, there was no reason other than my friend, for me to be baptized. I did not know the blessing or the meaning of baptism and was not able to pay attention to the explanation though the Missionary explained it to me amiably. After that, the church moved into a bigger building and I just stopped going to the Church of God.
Even though my friend tried to get me to go to church, my mind was closed about church. However, when I was a high school student, God started to knock on the closed door of my heart. One day, when I came back home after school, my mother called and told me unexpectedly that there was a church called the “Church of God” near our home and the church seemed good. My mother, contrary to me, had had a brush with all things considered religion. Because she wanted her daughters to join her, whenever she got involved in a religion, I followed my mother to the Church of God many times. But I didn’t believe that it would be any different, so I didn’t listen to her and just gave her the excuse that I had to study. After that, she received the truth in the Church of God and continued to go to study the Bible.
The more she studied the Bible, the more she was sure of the truth, and that had my mom encouraging me to go to the Church of God. I told her that I was already baptized and she was so delighted she asked why I had not told her about my baptism at that time. I questioned the importance of baptism, but I was glad because she was very happy. In that way, I started to attend services with her. Nonetheless it was too hard for me, who even doubted God’s presence, to believe in God in the flesh. Though the prophecies were written in the Bible and they seemed right, I never expected the prophecies to happen in reality. It was like the Jews who crucified Jesus on the cross. It felt like Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother were far away from me. I just went to church following my mom without any realizations for 3 years.
Meanwhile, Heavenly Mother allowed me to go abroad to preach the gospel with the deaconess who led my mother to church, and her husband. We were supposed to depart for the Philippines in Dec. 2010. At that time, even though I had no will to preach the gospel diligently, my mother and the deaconess encouraged me to do it and I was curious about what the overseas churches were like, I just intended to go for 2 weeks. Unexpectedly, however, N. Korea bombarded Yeonpyoung Island in Nov. 2010 so that all overseas preaching plans to be carried out in Dec. were canceled. Then suddenly I had a thought that I was not allowed to preach the gospel abroad because I did not have enough faith to do it.
After that, I joined youth meetings eagerly. I practiced the preaching subjects about the truth and preached the gospel. Now looking back at that time, I have no idea how I came to have such a thought and why I decided to partake in the meetings. I believe that I did so since I just liked to do the overseas preaching but I did not know why I wanted to do so. However, I was able to find the answer when I went abroad to preach the gospel. In Apr. 2011, after the Yeonpyoung Island attack had been sorted out to some extent, the canceled overseas preaching teams were allowed to go abroad for preaching. Under Heavenly Mother’s grace, I was able to go to Quezon City for the short-term mission and I got many realizations there. The biggest realization among them was the love of Heavenly Mother. Though I had heard some fragrances of Zion about realizing the love of Heavenly Mother deeply through church members in S. Korea, the love I felt from overseas church members was beyond my imagination.
Each church member really took after Heavenly Mother and they were so pure. Their hearts were overflowing with love so much that it was more than enough to convey to me. I realized the love of Heavenly Mother, from which I had felt so distant from, with my heart and tears poured out. The answer to the reason why I liked to do overseas preaching was the love of Heavenly Mother. I think that Heavenly Mother sent me in order to make me realize how much She loves me. After that, I totally changed from my former self. I preached the gospel to my friends with passion and led them to Zion and I worked for the gospel eagerly by myself. Heavenly Mother had pity on me so that She entrusted me with the overseas preaching and convinced me of Her love. Looking back at the days since I was baptized, Heavenly Mother has always been behind me. She prepared everything to lead me to Zion and bring me to the kingdom of heaven.
One day I watched a video showing that Heavenly Mother came to this earth to give Her children the love in Her heart when Her children were destined to die; the tree of life did not work without love, for they had lost their love, which led them to sin in heaven. I give thanks to Heavenly Mother for filling our hearts with love unceasingly. I also give thanks to God for arranging all things to lead me, who was arrogant, to Zion and allowing me to receive Heavenly Father Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother with all my heart. Even though I am still lacking in many ways I try to repay God for the great blessing of salvation from Heavenly Father and Mother until the end. I give thanks to Heavenly Father, Christ Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother forever and ever.