Making Disciples

We have come to realize in our short time in Korea that making disciples is a heart wrenching thing. For as we pour our lives into people and grow close to these, it is hard to watch them leave and go out on their own. Yet, this is the purpose of discipleship.  Mathew 28:19-20 tells us “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo I am with you always even to the end of the age.” Each semester we have been here, the Lord has brought unto us a different set of peoples that we might teach and train in the ways of the Lord. Each semester some of these have left to return to their homelands. It is our prayer that as they go, they too will answer the call to make disciples, thus the cycle will continue.  Yet, it is bittersweet to see these leave and difficult to say goodbye. We now understand how Paul must have felt as he traveled about on his missionary journeys to different places, meeting peoples and pouring his life into them, only to have to leave .However this was his goal to make disciples and then send them out to complete that which he had started.  An easy charge, no. However, definetly one that impacted the lives of countless peoples for the glory of God.