Un-belonging

My journey with God begins with the story of my family. The trajectory of our family life made a significant turn 31 years ago when my parents and sisters packed up and moved from Korea to Peru, South America. We went from being an average Korean family to becoming a Korean-Peruvian missionary family. During a time before the Internet and when smoking was still allowed on planes, they moved without knowing a single person in Peru, with a Bible in one hand and a dictionary in the other. God did not miss a beat, though, having prepared people – strangers … Read More

A Life of Service

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” (Matthew 25:23) While this scripture was referenced in the parable of the talents, the same could be applied to Ben and Bonnie Ramirez. There was no challenge they accepted that they did not perform to the utmost. Bonnie served faithfully until her death last November, and Ben continues to serve today, although tempered by physical limitations. You probably know them best from their years of faithful service to the Sunrise Bookstore for a combined 22 years. Indeed, … Read More

Rites of Passage

It is much harder when you feel like you are doing it alone. As infants, there is an adult to care for all your needs. When you reach elementary school your parents are still very involved and you are starting to make friends who walk the journey of life with you. But when you reach Middle School there is a fierce independent streak that comes out in all of us. “I can do it, Mom.” “I don’t need your help, Dad.” “I’m not a little kid anymore; I know what I’m doing.” The tension is that middle schoolers may be … Read More