Update on Insoo Kim’s Vancouver Church Planting Team!

by Insoo Kim

As I sat down to write this update for the Relā blog, I asked myself what one word I would use to describe how I feel today as we are trying to plant a new church in Vancouver.

The first word that came to mind was “amazing.” But it felt insincere because it paints too rosy of a picture which doesn’t adequate express the challenges and heartbreaks that we’ve experienced along the way – like hosting a dinner club and no one showing up, or our boys crying because they miss their friends back home.

So I tried thinking of another word, and “difficult” came to mind. But this word, too, felt insincere because we’ve also had many moments of gratitude and joy – like being able to talk about Jesus with our new friends in the neighbourhood (this is how this word is spelled in Canada).

After wrestling with lots of other words like “scary,” “exciting,” and “discouraged,” I finally found my word. “Hopeful.” I feel hopeful today!

I have absolutely no experience with farming, but I wonder if this hope is something similar to what farmers feel as they labor in the field planting seeds in anticipation of a future harvest. The farmer knows that their labor is not in vain. So they have hope.

1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

I am holding onto this promise today. On this amazing and difficult church planting journey, we will stand firm and continue to give ourselves fully to this work of the Lord, because we know that God is in this and our labor is not in vain. I feel hopeful today.

Here is a short video that we created to give you a little glimpse into our story so far. Thank you for encouraging us, praying for us, and supporting us!

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