You follow One Challenge on social media or take time to read the God stories on the website. So, you know as an organization we care for people. This takes shape in many ways … most noticeably in the summer when the Personnel Department shuts down to run training and renewal programs, such as Lifeworkx in Korea. The reason why? Mission workers, regardless of nationality or fields or time of service, need CARE.
Last month, Steve and Nate, part of the OC ministry Lifeworkx, spent time caring for, processing with, and listening to Korean mission workers. They’ve been serving in India, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia, North Korea, China, Russia and Kenya.
Here are some video highlights of Lifeworkx in Korea:
Partnership in Korea
The Onnuri Missions Department and Lifeworkx have a partnership spanning over 10 years. At the request of leaders, Steve and Nate journeyed to make sure these mission workers processed their time in ministry so they could be renewed for the steps ahead of them, whatever they may be.
At One Challenge we call processing “unpacking” and “repacking” for our mission workers on home assignment. The symbolism is a backpack of things we carry, not water bottles or supplies, but experiences, however good, bad, or ugly. Then, through prayer and processing, each mission worker decides what to repack, learn from, or let go of altogether.
“Each morning we began the day with worship. Then for three days we heard each Korean mission workers share their unique story of what they would be ‘packing’ to return to their respective fields of service,” Steve says. “It was an emotional three days for those who told their stories as well as listened.”
So much of Steve and Nate’s role is listening and interceding in prayer.
“Our responsibility as facilitators for this week was to respond to each person in appropriate ways. This meant we acknowledged their story. We expressed compassion and empathy. Then we shared an encouraging word of scripture before the entire group gathered around them to pray for them,” Steve says.
“We knew we were standing on ‘holy ground.’ The impact was immediate and in real. We witnessed complete changes in countenance, posture and tone of voice. Gone was the despair in their face. Gone was the cowering of their body. They stood tall and straight. Wiped the tears from their eyes.”
The power of this method is evident in every program One Challenge runs. Steve teaches a “reframing” of negative events and messages of the past, once we can do that then we can truly accept our place in God’s family.
“The reason it works is because each participant claims their true identity in Christ as ‘the beloved son’ or the ‘beloved daughter.’ They understand who they are in Christ and because of Christ,” he says.
Pray with One Challenge & Lifeworkx
- Pray for those who recently experienced Lifeworkx in Korea that they may apply the lessons learned in their daily lives.
- Pray for Nate H. & Josh B. who are finishing their support to come on full-time to Lifeworkx.
- Pray for Alisha who is teaching Kidzworkx at international schools in Asia.
- Pray for international travel funds to accept invitations in Kenya, Niger, India, UAE, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Pakistan.
- Pray for Steve as he partners with Joel Colon’s new Mission Worker Training Center in Kiev.
Find out more about Lifeworkx on their website, www.Lifeworkx.com.
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. One Challenge wants to encourage a high level of care for global workers, providing the opportunity for them to thrive in their countries of service, bringing the best of who they are to the kingdom growth effort. We pursue genuine relationships and accountability in family, friendship, team, ministry, and local communities of faith.