Mokpo in light
Mokpo is quite the sight to see at night. As with many places in South Korea, neon lights flash about all throughout the sky. Advertising ranging from singing rooms to restaurants and all night PC rooms illuminate the otherwise dark sky. This is quite the contrast that can be seen from satellites to North Korea, as the limited energy consumption is strictly controlled by the oppressive Stalinist Kim Jun Un Regime.
The change of atmosphere in Mokpo, as with anywhere in the world really, is noticeable. Walking the streets at night there is certainly a sense that the sin is about to begin. Most the bars and all night singing rooms (which often serve as a front for prostitution) start to bristle with life, as they are closed most the day. And there is no shortage of people just itching to mitigate the stress of a strict Korean society.
St. Paul put it quite clearly in his letter to the Thessalonians 'For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night'. This is truly the truth. It is this time as Christians we need to be most vigilante. As a former alcoholic, I can tell you that the vast majority of my drinking took place at night, and sometimes till the early morning. When I worked at Gangnam (yes that Gangnam) it was no strange sight to see people stumbling out the bars at 8 a.m as I made my way to work.
I can assure you my mission to be a night street evangelist was no choice of mine. On at least 3 occasions I was asked to participate in street evangelism, but I cowered in fear of rejection. The one time I did go along, kind of by coercion, I was only able to ask one person one question and it had absolutely nothing to do with the gospel. This fear I had was suffocating to me and I couldn't square it with the fact that I Jesus literally speak to me in my room. This anxiety I knew was unbiblical and I felt like the world's worst Christians.
Fast forward 6 years into my walk with Christ. I had been praying for years for him to open the opportunity for me to serve, in any capacity. I wanted to use my gifts and I truly knew that he was preparing for my next step. As with almost anything in life I always had a few complaints with God: he never answered prayers in ways I liked or enjoyed, he virtually never paid any mind to any of my complaints. As a father now I can only imagine how much he protected me from and how many times he must have been rolling on the floor laughing from such idiotic and insane prayer requests. But when he did finally open that door and made it clear why I waited for so long and endured so much in the process.
The first few days I could get zero rest. My apartment was filthy and looked as though no one lived in there at least a year. I had to clean the whole apartment for a good 5 hours and also search for items, as there was nothing but one stand. The next night I futilely attempted to sleep, but I was so excited to be in this new place. I wanted to fast for at least week to lay a good foundation and I spent many hours walking up and down the streets. The Lord appointed several people to cross my path and it was a good first foot in the deep end of the pool.
The point of this blog is to really show a few things I have learned in my time as a believer. One, to truly, truly follow God, we must be absolutely, unequivocally ready to surrender everything and simply walk away. Salvation that will rock the world does not have strings attached, and neither should we when we get baptized in a symbolic act of death and Resurrection. Second, is that God can work anywhere, at anytime through anyone. Several times in the bible God used non-believers, and even animals. To think we are so righteous and holy in approaching God is not wise. Jesus himself said that God can raise rocks to follow him. TO be most effective we need to be ready and willing to serve in any capacity and extremely grateful that God would dare have the audacity to work with sinners like us! The more we think of ourselves as being
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Isaiah Perez- father, husband, world citizen, servant of the most high.