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Old 09-28-2010, 11:12 AM
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September 27, 2010
God's Word Pasted On Their Walls

Robert J. Thomas and his wife left to be the first missionaries to Korea in July 1863. His wife died soon after their arrival. In 1866, having evangelized for a few months in Korea and having learned the language, Thomas rode the American ship, the General Sherman, along the Taedong River to the location of the present-day capital of North Korea. The Sherman became grounded on a sandbar. Korean soldiers on shore were suspicious and scared, and they boarded the ship, waving long, flashing knives.

When Thomas saw that he was going to be killed, he held out the Korean Bible to them saying, “Jesus, Jesus.” His head was cut off.

Twenty-five years after Thomas’s death, someone discovered a little guest house in this area with some strange wallpaper. The paper had Korean characters printed on it. The owner of the house explained that he had pasted the pages of this book on the wall to preserve the writing. The owner and many of the guests would come in and stay to “read the walls.” This was the Bible that Thomas had given to his murderers.

Even though Communists rule that area today, the church lives. The work of Robert J. Thomas—called the “temporary missionary”—continues in North Korea, where now God’s Word is not only pasted on their walls, but also hidden in their hearts.

Imagine planting a garden in the spring, only to move in the summer. All the time and effort spent planting and weeding and watering the seeds for the tomatoes, peppers, and melons seems wasted. The same can be said of our witness for Christ. Here, the stakes are higher than a basket of tomatoes. Without the benefit of seeing the fruit of our labors, it can be painful to trust that our hard work will be appreciated and respected. Remember, God is the one who makes all things grow. We can trust that God will continue the work we have begun—even when he moves us on. What gardens do you need to leave for someone else to grow?

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Old 09-28-2010, 12:02 PM
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Beautiful post! Thank you.
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:00 AM
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God's Word Pasted On Their Walls

Robert J. Thomas and his wife left to be the first missionaries to Korea in July 1863. His wife died soon after their arrival. In 1866, having evangelized for a few months in Korea and having learned the language, Thomas rode the American ship, the General Sherman, along the Taedong River to the location of the present-day capital of North Korea. The Sherman became grounded on a sandbar. Korean soldiers on shore were suspicious and scared, and they boarded the ship, waving long, flashing knives.

When Thomas saw that he was going to be killed, he held out the Korean Bible to them saying, “Jesus, Jesus.” His head was cut off.

Twenty-five years after Thomas’s death, someone discovered a little guest house in this area with some strange wallpaper. The paper had Korean characters printed on it. The owner of the house explained that he had pasted the pages of this book on the wall to preserve the writing. The owner and many of the guests would come in and stay to “read the walls.” This was the Bible that Thomas had given to his murderers.

Even though Communists rule that area today, the church lives. The work of Robert J. Thomas—called the “temporary missionary”—continues in North Korea, where now God’s Word is not only pasted on their walls, but also hidden in their hearts.

Imagine planting a garden in the spring, only to move in the summer. All the time and effort spent planting and weeding and watering the seeds for the tomatoes, peppers, and melons seems wasted. The same can be said of our witness for Christ. Here, the stakes are higher than a basket of tomatoes. Without the benefit of seeing the fruit of our labors, it can be painful to trust that our hard work will be appreciated and respected. Remember, God is the one who makes all things grow. We can trust that God will continue the work we have begun—even when he moves us on. What gardens do you need to leave for someone else to grow?

Christian Persecution Blog: God's Word Pasted On Their Walls
I agree with Gentle, what an inspiring story. Now, if we could just believe what the words tell us, I love the scripture:

"Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee."

Is that not the very purpose of the word of God, to teach us and instruct us in righteousness? How we have stopped at forgiveness and said "I am full" to God, when all the while, He longs to set us free from our old rebellious heart and the sins that endlessly eminate from it.

May God open our eyes to read the walls, to believe the walls and not use them simply for wallpaper or paperweights.

Thank you for the post. It hit home.

Bruce
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:10 AM
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Robert J. Thomas and his wife left to be the first missionaries to Korea in July 1863.....
I am quite sure that Catholic missionaries were there long before that
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This really hit home for me. No doubt God had you post it for me!
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