God has been doing a work in our recent Underground University graduate, Mr. P. When he joined UU last year, his main goal was to “lay low,” listen and learn, which isn’t all that bad, except for the fact that we require our UU students to be involved, go on missions and do the word!
We decided that instead of “forcing the issue” with Mr. P, we would allow the Holy Spirit to work on his heart. And over the course of the last 12 months, we were pleasantly surprised with what the Lord did and with how Mr. P responded!
We saw Mr. P grow by “leaps and bounds” in his understanding of God and His Word. When Mr. P first came to UU he confessed that even after going to church for some time he still didn’t understand Christianity too well. Over the course of the last year, it was apparent that he was putting a great deal of effort into understanding the Scriptures and following God.
We saw the Lord use Mr. P in evangelism and discipleship. Mr. P began to witness to his daughter and began to “do the word” in small ways toward her. And the result is that now his daughter and son-in-law are very passionate Christians!
We also saw Mr. P’s prayer life grow. He began to pray according to the Scriptures that he was learning in UU class. For example, Mr. P began to pray Psalm 33:12 in relation to North Korea. It says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” He has also recently been praying Romans 5:2-4 for the NK underground believers.
Mr. P recently went on a UU mission trip with us (his first one). This was quite a “step of faith” for him as he had to take several days off of work (with no pay). He admitted that when he first joined UU, he actually thought it was impossible to spread the gospel to North Korea, but as he launched each balloon towards NK, he realized that God was using him to do what he originally thought was impossible! In addition to the mission of launching the balloons, he took it upon himself to serve the other mission team members. One of the ways that he did this was by leading the other members in prayer, worship and communion.
After returning from this mission trip, Mr. P gave this simple, yet powerful testimony. He said,
I am convinced that I can preach the gospel to North Korea even today, through this mission trip. Also, I can have a clear life goal; that is, to preach the gospel to the North. I am proud of what I have done on this mission trip and realize that there is nothing we cannot do when we cooperate. I want to grow to resemble Jesus, as well as tell other people what Jesus did.