A Gospel Challenge from Pastor Lee
As usual, I headed down to my Blue Day seminar and plopped my backpack into a seat, ready to spend the next 45 minutes listening to music and studying. That’s when my friend asked if I was going to an assembly to hear “Pastor Lee” talk. I had no idea who this person was, but if it meant having an excuse to procrastinate on physics homework, I was up for it.
Upon entering the gym, I noticed an unfamiliar group of people amidst the usual sea of Trinity polo shirts. I soon learned that they were Korean visitors, some of whom were North Korean refugees. Intrigued, I took my seat on the bleachers and watched intently as an older Korean gentleman, whom I assumed was Pastor Lee, made his way to the podium. He began by introducing himself, speaking slowly and methodically, which allowed those who weren’t used to hearing a Korean accent to keep up.
As he described his early missions of smuggling Bibles into anti-Christian countries such as Russia, Mongolia, and China, I couldn’t help but admire how dedicated this man was to preaching the gospel. And this was before he even mentioned his North Korean evangelism efforts. His sobering accounts of the torment he endured at the hands of the North Korean government for his devotion moved us all, to say the least. When I glanced behind me, I noticed several students wiping away tears.
He then introduced the youths he had brought with him, four former North Korean refugees whom he had loved and cared for as his own. As he told their harrowing backstories, his voice began to waver. He concluded his presentation with an impassioned call to action: we, as Christians, must honor our mission of spreading the gospel, even at the cost of our comfort, convenience, and even safety.
About the Author
Grace Daniels is a senior at Trinity and serves as President of the Student Government Association. If she isn't writing poetry or napping, Grace is most likely dancing with the Virginia Ballet Company, rehearsing for a Trinity theater performance, or helping the Communications Department come up with puns. She'll be attending Virginia Tech this fall and majoring in Communications.