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The River became God’s Special Gift to Me during the Pandemic

We can enjoy beautiful streams and even a river in the middle of Yokohama, in Japan unlike my home country of Korea. In summer we often see children and some families coming to streams to catch crayfish. When our kids were still young, we experienced fun times there too.

On one side of our local area—Tsuzuki ward in Yokohama—there is the Tsurumi river where you can enjoy, not only walking, but also cycling along the beautiful river. And you can also see many different kinds of plants, beautiful flowers, trees, and delicious fruits such as pears, apples, grapes, figs, and persimmons.

This river is very special gift for me from my dearest Heavenly Father during COVID-19. Even though this is such a peaceful river, I didn’t see many people around, so I didn’t have to wear mask, and I could get there in only a few minutes from my house. For two years, I went there almost every day whether it rained or not. I sang and talked to my Lord—expressing my thankful heart and joyful emotions.

Whenever I went there I was refreshed so much. Sometimes suddenly God gave me wonderful ideas and encouraged me to pray for someone or specific items, and one day he gave me a thought that “there are lots of my people“ across the river. So, later, we put flyers in the mailboxes of each house and the very next morning a woman came to our church during the early prayer meeting. And she came to the Sunday service. She attended Bible study 10 times and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. She asked to read the Bible with me so we’re doing that together now.

The river has become a place where I experience God’s unfailing special love and peace and divine comfort whenever I feel lonely or stressed or struggling. 

Lord! You alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! Amen.

By Eun Ock, an OMF missionary

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