This year I have decided to try something new for note taking during at church. Each week I am bring a drawing pad and pencil to try and illustrate my notes.
Ill post them all here on the blog. Let me know what you think. And if you really looked carefully, try and tell me what the sermon was about.
Sermon notes 1/1/2016
My family and I have kept a status of “Registered Alien” in South Korea for the past 5 years.
This is on my mind today because we are at the local immigration office, renewing our status once again. Just like any government office, if you need official document work, you are in for a long wait. (Only 80 more people before our turn)
While we all wait, I thought I would write a quick post about being an alien and what I have learned for the experience.
First, here is what the kids are doing.
Some one just walked up and bumped us 20 spots closer. Yay! (This is a live feed. Smile)
Now, 5 Things being a “Registered Alien” has tabecause.
1) Living in a country that is not your own bring added difficulty.
There are certainly some obvious difficulties that come with being in another country. Language is one of the most obvious, and certainly is difficult. But we have found that figuring out living and working is much harder. We cannot legally make money without owning a working Visa (equivalent to an American green card….which I do have). Yet there are opportunities such as English tutoring. It is strange to figure out what is legal and what is not, and who we should pay taxes to.
Because of this, I understand the trouble that American aliens must deal with.
2) Living here makes me super happy for the effort South Korea makes to accommodate English speakers
I am sitting here in line at the immigration office waiting to meet the representative that will help me. I am so confident that the representative will speak English that my family and I have come by ourselves, without bringing any Korean friends. I am so thankful for this. Many businesses here have options for English, that make life so much easier for me and my family.
I remember the accommodations we made for Spanish speaking clients at my bank job in the states, and I also remember how frustrated that made some English speakers. Let me tell you, the accommodations make a huge difference for the life of that person who has a hard time with English.
3) Living here has taught me that traveling the world is easier than most of us think.
My family and I have traveled to America four times since moving overseas. Flight is at least 12 hours in the air and usually 24 hour of total traveling time. Each time is very different, but each time gets easier. We have become traveling veterans. Even our kids have figured it out.
I have also traveled to India, Thailand and China. And we hope to visit more countries while we are here.
Traveling always seems intimidating, but in the end it is well worth it and usually not as difficult as you expected….Though cost and jetlag are REAL and problematic.
4) America can learn a lot from countries around the world
There are at least three things about South Korea that I would love to see America adopt.
South Korea is a very safe place to live. Aside from the neighbor to the north, there is nothing that stands as a consistent threat to societal safety. Children are allowed to walk home from their night schools, sometimes that means 8-9pm. Simply amazing.
2) Kid Friendliness
South Koreans are always thinking about their children. Every community has a playground around every corner and most large businesses host some kind of play place or kid friendly area.
3) Cheap health care
Health care in Korea is very cheap. Insurance (assuming you have a working Visa) cost about $50 per month for my entire family. Doctor visits never cost more than $20 with or without insurance. Children are free at large hospitals if they have a long stay. Generally you only pay high prices for non-nessary procedures. Lastly, filling prescriptions is also dirt cheap.
5) Each and every country has its own problems and needs people willing to step into messy situations and try to help
South Korea has high suicide rates, especially among teens. South Korea also has high amounts of orphaned children, unwanted pregnancies. There also have a big drinking culture that cause a lot of problems. Not to mention the problems that are cause by the amount of military personnel on the peninsula.
All this is to say that South Korea, just like the US and all other countries in the world, has problems. These problems are the effects of a fallen world. We need to be part of the solution, offering hope and help to the people dealing with these problems. With the Gospel on our tongue and hands ready to get messy, we can make a big difference around the world.
Have you ever traveled anywhere or lived overseas? What has it taught you?
I enjoy opening the word of God and teaching people who have come to worship their King. Since coming to work at SCBC, I have the opportunity to preach several time each year. This post will be a running Catalog of my sermons at SCBC. Check them out!
- Let us Pay Much Closer Attention/ Hebrew 2:1-4/ Aug 22, 2010
- A Call to Personal & Family Worship/ Deut. 6:4-9/ Mar 6, 2011
- The Powerful Message & It’s Powerful Works/ 1 Thess 1:1-10/ June 5, 2011
- Gospel Mirror/ 1 Tim 1:8-17/ Sept 25, 2011
- Weak Faith; Strong God/ 2 Cor 5:1-21/ Nov 13, 2011
- Are You Really There? Are You Really Good? / Rom 1:16-2:5/ Feb 12, 2012
- What is He Worth? /Phil 3:4-17/ Mar 18, 2012
- Gospel Loving Church /James 2:1-13/ April 15,2012
- Our Cross / Matt 16: 21-26/ May 20, 2012
- Generation after Generation / Psalm 145:1-6 / June 3, 2012
- Clothed in Delight/ Isa 61:1-11/ Aug 12, 2012
- Comforted by Affliction/ Col 1:9-23 / Jan 20, 2013
- Anything that Isn’t Him / Col 3:1-17/ Mar 17, 2013
- Who do you Belong to? Prove it! / Phil 2:12-18 /May 26, 2013
- The Aim is Christ / Phil 3:1-11 / Aug 11, 2013
- Kiss the Son/ Matt 13: 24-43/ Nov 3, 2013
- My Hope in Christ/ Galatians 5:1-15/ November 17, 2013
- Follow the Light/ 2 Corinthians 4:3-6/ March 16, 2014
- #tomarvel/ 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12/ March 30, 2014
- What does your Home Smell Like? / 2 Corinthians 2:14-17/ June 8, 2014
- Twist of Faith/ Ephesians 4:11-24/ July 13, 2014
- Responding to God’s Glory/ Psalm 19:1-14/ September 7, 2014
- Philemon part 1: For the Sake of Christ/ Philemon 1-7/ September 21, 2014
- Philemon Part 2: The Gospel Changes Everything/ Philemon 8-22/ September 28, 2014
- Abiding in the Love of God/ 1 John 4/ October 12,2014
- Sinners Sent to Reach Sinners/ Isaiah 6/ October 19,2014
- Oh What a Friend!/ Matthew 11:1-19/ November 9, 2014
- Overcoming a Legacy of Sin: Christian Response to Ferguson/ Romans 5:12-21/ November 30,2014
- Anticipating the Next Christmas/ 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10/ December 24, 2015
- Good Gifts/ Matthew 7:7-11/ December 28, 2015
- Reminder from a Witness/ 2 Peter 1:1-21/ January 11, 2015
- Truth Among Lies/ 2 Peter 2:1-3:13/ January 18, 2015
- Inside-Out of the Christian Life/ Philippians 1:12-30/ March 18, 2015
- That Which is Worthy/ Philippians 4:8-9/ May 24, 2015
- Who to Follow/ Mark 8:34-38/ June 14, 2015
- For the Joy/ Matthew 12:33-37/ July 12, 2015
- Implications of Truth/ 1 Corinthians 15:1-28/ September 13, 2015
- Remembering and Sharing the Works of God/ Psalm 78:1-4/ October 18, 2015
- Blessings of the Cross/ Ephesians 1:3-14/ October 25, 2015
- Hope in God & Act in Faith/ Titus 3:4-8/ November 1, 2015
- Savior King/ John 12:13-19/ December 13, 2015
- Shadows and Substance/ Colossians 2:6-17/ February 28, 2016
- The Christian Life for the Sake of Christ/ Colossians 3:17/ March 6, 2016