My name is Joseph Oh and I’ve had the privilege of serving with City on a Hill this summer in Kingston-Galloway with Deacon Gill and several other brothers and sisters. By partnering with Toronto City Mission (TCM), and through the theme of Minecraft, the staff and team did a phenomenal job in showing the children that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
The children from Kingston-Galloway mostly came from broken homes, and many of these children lacked a sense of authority. The children grew up in a culture where trust was uncommon. It seemed as if they grew up with bitterness, anger, and possibly verbal abuse as well. I could see that the children had very low self-esteem, and tried to hide any signs of being weak; acts of love were few and far between, and their hearts were closed, especially towards our team.
When Gill asked me if I was interested in being part of the City on a Hill mission team to TCM, my mind immediately said, “Yes!” but my heart felt like a maybe. He mentioned that I couldn’t be half into it but that I had to fully commit. At the time, I had a busy schedule trying to balance work, family, chores, etc. So, I wasn’t too sure if I could fully be part of the team. I decided to pray about it for two weeks, especially for the availability to just serve. After the 1st week had passed, I was told that my time off was approved and immediately, I thanked God that I was able to have the time to serve. During the 2nd week, I did a devotional and the passage that stood out to me was Matthew 28:19: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” When Jesus said that, I realized that missions was not an option, but it was definitely a command and when God commands us to do something we should obey because He is Our God.