Jeong-sun Lim, the wife of Missionary Gwang-ho Song, has been working in North India since 2009. She recently told her story to our Korean Coffee Break members.
When I knew I was going to be a missionary, I told God I would go anywhere, but not to India. Then God gave me the opportunity to visit India and called me directly from there. As I watched a five-year-old boy and his three-year-old brother living in sad circumstances, God asked me, “Will you come and preach the Gospel of Heaven?” At that time, with tears, I made a promise to God that I would come to India. That was 12 years ago and I am still here today.
We have ministries and church plants in 2 cities of India: Delhi and Bhopal. Both of these areas have history with pain and many obstacles to sharing the gospel. Bhopal is one of the top 5 poorest cities in India. The economy struggles and there is an anti-conversion law that allows believers to be persecuted. In Delhi, the Wamiki are an unreached people group of one of the lowest castes in India. There is a lack of education, food and money. It is also notorious for violent crimes. It is in these two communities where God has planted and grown His church.
When I first arrived in India, I didn’t know where to start. On God’s leading, I began a Coffee Break small group Bible study with other missionary women. It was in this small group where we joined hearts to receive refreshment, recover from challenges and breathed new life into each other. The scent of the Coffee Break Bible Study gave the missionaries courage to continue God’s work in the communities and neighborhoods where they were called. Soon, the study expanded to include their neighbors and church members. The Coffee Break ministry spread to many parts of India. There was now a need to translate the Bible study books into Hindi. It was a scent of life bringing souls alive, like flowers in a wasteland.
Today the churches in Bhopal and Delhi have grown in number. The communities meet regularly to fellowship and study God’s word in Coffee Break groups. It is a place of refreshment and growth for all who attend.