My name is Joseph Oh and I’ve had a great opportunity to serve in Kingston Galloway summer camp with the Toronto City Mission staff and interns. Very similar to last year, our team developed two craft activities under the theme of the ten plagues. Our focus was to show two things: God can use both the good and the bad things in our lives to shape us, use us, and carry out his plans, and that Jesus‘ blood saved us from our sins, and that He is our Passover Lamb.
Right after the Civic Holiday, Lyka, Dylan, Miga, Erica and I joined Toronto City Mission (TCM) and served at Sonshine Day Camp children’s program in St. Jamestown (SJT), where we ministered to children aged 6 to 12 by leading fun activities such as art crafts, food crafts, and music.
Prior to joining TCM, our church, City on a Hill, had several sermons on missions focusing on Matthew 9:35-38: “The harvest is plentiful but workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”. I learned that Jesus calls every follower to be involved in His mission which is to proclaim Christ as the only savior from sin and only way to eternal life. This led me to pray for God to send more workers into his harvest field and also for God to send me. J.D Greear mentioned in his book, Gaining By Losing that the question is no longer if we are called, only where and how. It means that all believers are called to go into His harvest field, we just need to ask God where and how.
Like Lyshane, I was a part of the summer mission team in Toronto. I served in the Kingston-Galloway community in Scarborough. The goal of the team was to partner with TCM’s summer camp, build relationships, introduce people to Jesus, and introduce people to our church.
I’ve been on the Toronto summer mission team for the past 7 years, 6 of those as the leader. Among the many lessons that the team learns each summer, one is always the same: that although we spend so much time training and preparing, the most important part of the summer is not what a great job we do, but that we get to play a very small but valuable role in God’s master plan of what He was doing in the lives of everyone involved. God always deserves all of the glory. This year was no different. Although I faced 2 very new situations this summer, God still reminded me that the glory was all His.