The missional vision of Good Tree is
having an impact. Jenny Kim joined the
church last year.
“Before coming to Good Tree, every
Sunday I was always the one to be late for
church, sitting in the back row and quickly
slipping out after the service,” Kim says.
“A year ago I would have never imagined
that I would go on a mission trip. But I
knew how much God has blessed me, and
I felt compelled to go to South Africa and
share my blessings with others.”
Kim and five others from Good Tree
worked with the ministry African Leader-
ship. “The work that they’re doing there
was really amazing, and I felt truly blessed
to be a part of it, even for a week. Coming
back from the mission trip, I want to seek
God’s calling for me and hopefully just be
faithful and obedient,” Kim says.
Christine Nguyen had a similar ex-
perience. “For a long time I had a desire
to serve in the mission field, but I guess
somewhere along the way that passion
became lost. When you’re so caught up
in the details of life it’s easy to forget what
you had set your heart out to do in the first
place. I know I did.
“When I began attending Good Tree
last November, my life began to turn
around. I’d never been to a church that
was so outward focused before. For the
first time in a long while, I felt a great sense
of community. I was reminded again of
my calling to go out and serve," she says.
Like Kim, Nguyen went to South Africa
for her mission experience. “It might sound
crazy,” says Nguyen, “but sometimes you
just need to let go and surrender everything
to God. When you’re put into a situation
completely outside of your comfort zone,
you have nobody else to trust but God. He
may challenge you, but He will also give
you the strength to conquer obstacles you’d
never thought possible.” FT
STePHeN beDArD of Cambridge, Ont.,
is associate editor at Faith Today. Find
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