Pastor Chae, our children’s ministry director/pastor for the past nine years, will be transitioning out from children’s ministry by the end of July after this year’s VBS. He will also move on from New Life to do what God seems to be leading him to do at this point in his life. He has done a great job in modeling and teaching God’s word to our children and also equipping the parents to raise their children well in the Lord. Though we are happy and excited for him and Suemy for the next assignment that God has in store for them, we are also sad to realize that we have just a few months left together with them. We truly appreciate Pastor Chae and Suemy for their faithful and sacrificial ministry for New Life over the many years. Please do your best to show your deep gratitude and appreciation before they depart.
Dear New Life Fellowship,
It has been the greatest privilege and opportunity to serve and lead your children for the past 9 years. Where do I even begin when reflecting about my time as Children’s Pastor? I would like to start by saying I am eternally grateful that you took a leap of faith on me when I was young, inexperienced and childless. When Pastor Eric first asked me to pray about becoming Children’s Director, he encouraged me with 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” I trusted and obeyed. I quickly learned the value of humility because who would take advice and counsel about parenting from someone without children of his own? During the first few years, God trained and prepared me to be your Children’s Pastor and a parent through YOUR insight and experience. It was through YOUR faithful prayers and God’s timing; we were finally blessed with Selah. Moreover, you supported and reinforced our vision of instilling parents to be the shepherds and primary faith trainers of their children and families. I have seen how God has transformed families through His Word and faithfulness and it has been an absolute joy that I have first-hand experience of your children coming to know God at a young age. I wish I could share all the immeasurable stories and laughter your children have given me. I have loved every moment of partnering with you in impacting our next generation of students to live for Christ. Therefore, I will be transitioning out of my role as the Children’s Pastor by July 31st, 2017.
In addition, words will never be able to express the overwhelming gratitude and appreciation I have for our New Life Kids volunteers. Our volunteers have sacrificed and devoted countless prayers and time in the cultivation of a nurturing, compassionate and a gospel-centered environment for our children. NLK would not have been able to accomplish what we have without their support, diligence and faithfulness.
Above all, I want to thank Pastor Eric and the Leadership Team in giving me this opportunity to develop my strengths and recognize my weaknesses as a leader. I have gleaned abundant wisdom and discernment in how to lead people from all facets and circumstances of life.
Then the natural question will be, “What will you do next?”
God is definitely moving me towards a different chapter in ministry. Thus, I will be seeking to transition into adult ministry in the near future. I will be searching for ministry opportunities with other organizations or seeking to carry out what God has placed in my heart. Consequently, what has God placed in my heart?
I never thought I would be a church planter nor did I ever aspire to be a lead pastor of a local church. However, recently God has been prompting me towards this very idea. God has a funny way of making you realize His plans for you.
Through this gradual process, I’ve learned that, the more clarity you have about your purpose and calling, the more confidence you have to act upon it.
Thank you New Life for your blessings, wonderful memories and being so gracious me!
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