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먼저 하나님의 은혜 안에서 무사히 이번 단기선교를 마치고 올 수 있었음에 감사드립니다. 이번 단기선교는 베쵸코라는 작은 마을에서 진행되었습니다. 옐로나이프 공항에서 1시간반여를 달려야 도착하는 북쪽의 작은마을인 베쵸코에는 원주민이 2천명정도 살고있습니다. 4월이 가까왔 음에도 온통 눈으로 덮혀있을정도로 추운 곳인데, 따뜻하고 정돈된 밴쿠버와는 정말 상반된 곳입 니다. 춥고 큰 도시와 멀리 떨어져있는탓에 수도사업이 안되어 있어 가구마다 물탱크에 물을채워 생활하고, 앞써말씀드렸듯이 많이 외져있는곳이라 물가도 굉장히 비쌉니다.

여러가지 환경이, 그곳 이 사람이 살기 좋지 않은곳이라 나타내고 있지만, 이런 환경이 특히 아이들에게 좋지 않다고 생각합니다. 원주민 마을에는 가정불화가 많아서 불우하게 자라는 아이들이 많았습니다. 마약, 알콜에 취약한 지역이라 아이들은 열악한 환경에서 자라거나, 다른사람의 손에 자라는 경우가 많았습니다. 그 아이들에게는 우리가 이곳에서 누리는 많은 문화적인 혜택 뿐 아니라 부모의 사랑도 당연히 받을수 있는 것이 아니었습니다. 그래서인지 아이들은 우리에게 관심을 끌기위해 시도 때도없이 울어댔고, 한 가지에 집중을 잘 못하며 저희의 손을 잡아끌기 일수였습니다. 한껏 부모의 사랑을 받으며 도도하게 자라는 도시의 아이들과는 정말 다른 모습이었습니다. 아이들의 그런 태도덕분에 저희는 아이들의 무관심을 걱정할 필요가 없었지만, 그런 아이들의 태도가 고마우면서도 씁쓸함이 남았습니다.

저는 분명 그들보다 나은 환경에서 살아왔고, 그렇게 살고 있습니다. 제가 좋은 부모, 좋은 환경 에서 태어난 것을 당연하게 여길 수도 있지만, 예수님께서는 부자와 나사로 비유를 통해 저의 의무에 대해 말씀하고 계십니다. 부자와 나사로 비유는 단순히 부자가 아니라 거지가 되라는 말씀이 아닙니다. 저는 이 비유가 부자가 되어서 집앞의 거지를 방치하면 안된다고 말씀하고 계신 다 생각합니다. 부자는 항상 자색옷을 입고 맛있는음식을 누렸지만, 거지 나사로에게는 먹다남은 빵조각이나 흘려주는 부도덕한 사람이었습니다. 이 시대에 비춰보면 당연히 가진것을 어떻게 사용할지는 가진자의 자유이지만, 중요한것은 우리가 가진 것이 우리것이 아니라 하나님께서 맡겨주 신 것이라는 점입니다.

이번 선교를 통해 많은 것을 경험할 수 있어서 좋았습니다. 영하 40도의 추위도, 선교사님의 희생 의 모습도, 오로라를 볼 수 있었던것도 제게 너무 귀한 시간이었습니다. 그리고 항상 감사드리며, 예수의 사랑을 전하며 살아야 한다고 생각하게 되는 시간이었습니다.

– H.P. (청년부)

I have been part of the mission team for many years. The experiences from the trips are valuable to me and they have shaped me to who I am and have given me the chance to find out what I could do with the life that God gave me. Each mission trip, although some were at the same location with familiar faces, was always different to me. Each year we go, each day we were with the First Nations, God always gave me a different experience. 

This year God sent us to Yellowknife. We set up the VBS program for the kids at a church in the town Behchoko. During the program, a girl asked me if I could teach her to play the piano. I sat down with her to teach her ‘Jesus Loves Me’. The church, that we were in, was small and there were lots of kids running around. She got frustrated and began hitting the keyboard. She then left the room with a big frown on her face. At that time, I felt discouraged as I thought it was my inability to teach her, comfort her, or encourage her. Near the end of the program, I was surprised when the girl came back to ask me to teach her again tomorrow. 

When I got back to the missionary’s house, the girl came to my mind. I got out a piece of paper and some coloured crayons. As she didn‘t know how to read notes, I drew out the keyboard and coloured each note with different colours. Then I wrote out the lyrics below and coloured it according to the corresponding note. Next day, when I gave her the paper, there was a big smile on her face and she immediately ran over to the keyboard to play. Although she struggled a bit in the beginning, she quickly learned to play the first few verses of the song. 

Next day, I was surprised when she came back with the paper in her hand. Frankly, I didn’t expect her to bring it back as it was a piece of paper that can be easily lost or even thrown away. She started to play the song while I was standing next to her. Some children also got interested in playing the keyboard and started playing random keys while the girl was playing. The girl got angry and began to hit the piano again. I tried to comfort her but she ended up ripping the paper into pieces. I was a little shocked and heart-broken. She threw the ripped papers on the ground and stomped away. I was soon busy getting to know other children but for the rest of the program, I was worried about the girl. I didn’t see her until the next day in which she showed up with the ripped papers in her hands. She had picked up the pieces she have ripped last day and had kept it. She apologized for ripping the paper and asked me to make another one for her. I was very thankful to God for sending her back to me. I sat down with her and we made the music piece together. Afterwards, she practiced the song even while some of the kids were playing the keys next to her. At the end of the day, she was playing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ with hardly any trouble. At that moment, I was very thankful to God for the opportunity to meet the girl and for the chance to teach her the song. 

My intention in sharing this experience is not to brag about what I did or to earn compliments for myself; but I am sharing this to show how thankful I am to God, my parents, my piano teacher, and everyone who has supported me with encouragement, selflessness, sacrifice and love. Without the past experience of numerous lessons and practices, I would have not been able to teach the girl “Jesus Loves Me”. Although I’m not exceptionally good at playing the piano, my skill was enough to teach her the song. I am glad I was able to share my small gift with her. I reflected upon how fortunate I am and how I should continue to appreciate all given talents, whether it’s big or small, and use them to full potential.

During the trip, the mission team led the worship for the Sunday service. I was very grateful for that 20-minute opportunity to play the keyboard as part of the worship team. I always feel closest to God when I am worshipping Him. My piano skill or my singing may not be good and although I might be making many mistakes, I am always happy to worship the Lord. I am proud to be part of the worship team and as I continue to worship the Lord, I am hoping to be able to worship Him anywhere at anytime.

I am thankful to God for giving me the chance to meet the missionary, Noblina. She is a wonderful, inspiring, kind, and hardworking person. After meeting her, I now have a greater desire to live to the best of my ability and to pursue my dreams even more. The past and present experiences from the mission trips gave me a new purpose and a new vision. I have the dream of becoming a dentist for the First Nations. I am also hoping to be a Sunday school teacher for the kids at the reserve. In my spare time, I would be more than happy to be with the children and teach them piano, clarinet or anything I can do to share my given gifts and talents.

I know that the pathway to fulfill my dream will be hard and that there may be barriers that might discourage me or make me feel hopeless, but I will continue to trust God as my guide and obey Him even if what I dream now is not what He has planned for me. I wish God will continue to give me these wonderful opportunities. Every mission trip is tiring but God gives me enough energy to get through the day, to worship, to play, to laugh with the children, and to share God’s good news with them. So if I were to stay there for a week, two weeks, month or even more, I will be grateful for the opportunity and be more than happy to go if that is what God desires for me to do.

– J.C. (Grade 11)

To be honest, I was on the plane before my heart was fully prepared to do the VBS in Behchoko. Prior to the trip, I felt underprepared and was not focussed on the mission due to school being in session. However, once we began working with the First Nations children, everything worked out. Our team carried out the programs we had prepared, and the kids quickly warmed up to us. Even showing the kids a seemingly insignificant act of kindness, like remembering their name, complimenting them, or playing tag with them, lit up their faces with a smile that warmed my heart. On Sunday, the kids performed the dances we taught them, which made me extremely proud and happy for them. During the four days of VBS, my focus was on the kids and how I could make our time together more enjoyable. It was only after we had finished that I realized the impact the mission had on me.

On Sunday night, God showed us a spectacular display of the aurora borealis. The design of green light spanned the entire sky, and was too immense to take in all at once. The beauty, splendor, and wonder of the display made me realize how amazing God is. Like the aurora, he really is vast beyond measure and plans things beyond our scope of imagination. In that moment, I felt so insignificant and small. I still am at a loss as to why an awesome God like him would pay the slightest attention to someone unworthy like me. It was an extremely humbling experience that filled me with shame and gratitude at the same time. I recognized that I need to be more diligent in maintaining my relationship with God through meditation on his word, consistent prayer, and heartfelt praise. It was only after the VBS ended that I realized how it was entirely by God’s grace that the children became fond of us so quickly, and we were able to do the mission in Behchoko.

Reflecting on this mission trip made me realize how blessed we are. Living in Vancouver, we have so many opportunities to pursue our dreams. Many of the First Nations kids were jumping out of their seats to play the violin after the performance by Pastor Cho and Brian, some were eager to play the piano, and there were a number of girls who had beautiful singing voices. However, in Behchoko, even though there are many talented kids who would love to learn, there are no people or resources to recognize or help develop that talent. I felt that it is my responsibility to take the most out of the opportunities I have been given and work harder to improve myself. In this way, I will be able to reach a position where I can provide the same opportunities I have been given to kids who don’t have many, like the ones in Behchoko. I was also motivated to work harder after seeing Missionary Noblina and the pastor’s family of nine adopted First Nations children. The stress and hardships they face in the Northwest Territories made me slightly embarrassed to think of the things I complained about in Vancouver. Despite the extremely cold weather, limited water and resources, and cultural or language barriers, they toil tirelessly for the sake of the children, in the name of God’s love. The perseverance of Noblina and the pastor couple made me realize that I should have more patience and endurance as well.

Overall, this mission trip was a time of growth and reflection for me. There are many trials in life, but I should not be discouraged easily. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and everything fits into God’s masterful plan. My job is to continue diligently doing the most I can and remain faithful to God, so that I may also be used for his glory.

– O.C. (Grade 11)

It was only after the mission that I was able to take the time to appreciate and thank the many people who have supported us for this mission. It’s hard to keep track of the people to thank when there are so many of them. One person I very much thank is my mom. She packed my long pants and long sleeves while I packed my shorts and t-shirts. If it wasn’t for her, I probably would have frozen to death. I would also like to thank the people who supported us during the mission. My whole gratefulness goes to Noblina. She made us food and let us sleep in her house. She also had good leadership and wisdom so she was able to help us greatly in making this mission not a failure.

We were very unprepared for this mission. We had trouble perfecting our King of Hearts drama and our worship dances. Most of the time, we didn’t even know what was going to happen during the day but everything worked out. I felt like everyone in the mission team contributed whether they intended to or not. During QT, I drew a picture because I was bored. Somehow, that picture managed to make it into Pastor David’s story time session. The kids were hooked and whether they learned better or not, it helped the program run more smoothly. The message I’m trying to get across is that everything works out in the end . . . most of the time.

During the mission I was the technician guy. I edited the songs, did the powerpoint, controlled the audio and all that jazz. That was something easy for me to do but the downfall was the lack of relationship between the kids. The whole time, the kids wanted to play musical chairs and I would be the one playing and stopping the music which meant that I wasn’t able to play with the kids personally. The kids here were really sweet and kind. I was actually shocked that some of the kids came up to hug me. I just thought of myself as a computer guy. Maybe it was the violin.

Pastor David and I played the violin everyday for the program. The kids really enjoyed it and the only person who weren’t enjoying it was me. I didn’t like the violin but I played it for the kids. I actually hated it more after I used the various instruments there. I got to play the guitar, keyboard, and a little bit of bass and drum and they were all fun. Pastor David kept telling me to keep playing the violin for the missions but I think I can learn some of the instruments to be more than just a violin guy.

As much as I am grateful for Noblina, I am also grateful for water. Going to this mission made me realize how much of an easy life we live. We had to save water because the water was scarce there. We could only have 2 minute showers. Some people might have disliked it but I didn’t really mind this but longer showers are better. Everytime I take a shower now in Vancouver, I always look back to the Yellowknife mission. It is a memory that I would like to have it stay with me for as long as I live.

– B.C. (Grade 9)

제 생각에는 이번 선교를 통해서 정말 많은것을 얻고왔다고 생각합니다. Yellowknife 처음에 도착했을때에는 제가 생각했던것보다 더 추워서 많이 놀랐고 처음만나는 선교사님이라 많이 어색했지만 그래도 선교사님께서 친절하게 잘해주셔서 마음이 편했던거같아요. Behchoko 도착했을때는 제가 생각했던것 보다는 더 좋아서 저두 좋았던거같아요. 저는 아직 영어가 능숙하지 않아서 아이들과 소통이 안되면 어떡하지라는 생각도 정말 많이 했었고 아이들이 싸우거나 화해해야되는 상황이나 그런 풀어야되고 또 다독여 주어야되는 상황이 생겼을 때 영어가 안되면 어떡하지라는 생각도 많이 했던것 같아요.

다행히도 아이들이 처음 만났을때 먼저 다가와주고 잘 따라해줘서 정말 고마웠고 저희가 준비한 바이올린을 많이 좋아해주고 또 관심보이고 하고싶어 해서 저희가 가르쳐줄수 있어서 뿌듯했습니다. 시간이 지나면서 아이들이 어떤걸 하고싶은지 무엇을 잘하는지 많이 알게되어서 너무 좋았습니다.

주일날은 저희가 찬양 인도하였는데 아이들이 4일동안 준비한 퍼포먼스를 할수있게 되어서 너무 좋았습니다. 또 수줍어 하는 아이들이 많았는데 무대위로 올라갔을 때 예상외로 아이들이 잘 따라해주어서 너무 고마웠습니다. 제가 생각하기에는 아이들에게 정말 좋은 재능이 많다고 생각하는데, 계속해서 더이상 도와줄수 없다는 점에서 정말 많이 아쉬웠습니다. 하지만 아이들에게 바이올린과 키보드 그리고 율동 등을 가르쳐 줄수 있어서 너무 좋았습니다.

주일 저녁에 선교사님께서 저희에게 좋은말씀을 너무 많이 해주셔서 정말 감사했고, 저는 거기서 많은 것을 얻었습니다. 선교사님 말씀을 들으면서 제 자신을 돌아보는 시간과 저의 목표를 다시 생각할수있는 시간을 가질수 있었습니다. 그래서 너무 감사했습니다. 월요일날 오로라를 볼수있어서 너무 영광이었고, 모두들 다 수고했다고 하나님이 마지막날 저희에게 감격의 시간을 주신것 같습니다.

마지막날 그곳에서 섬기시는 David Shed 목사님댁에 다녀왔는데, 사모님이 9명의 아이들을 다 돌보시고 있는 모습에 진짜 나중에 도와드리러 또 와야겠다고 생각했습니다. 목사님댁에서 돌아오는 차안에서 Janet언니가 자기는 dentist가 되고 저는 선생님이 되어서 또 다시 오자고 하였어요. 그래서 저두 너무 좋은 생각인거 같아서 그러자고 하였어요. 월요일날 저희가 마지막 미팅을 할때 아이들 생각이 너무 많이 나서 슬펐습니다. 정말 아이들이 많이 보고싶고, 이번 선교는 저에게 참 의미 있는 선교였습니다. 더 준비된 사람이 되기 위해서 더욱 열심히 기도하고 공부해야 되겠다는 다짐을 해봅니다.

– V.Y. (Grade 8)