We send you greetings from the state of Washington where it is still rainy and cool. David and I wanted to fill you in on what has been happening in our lives since he last wrote and to tell you what is ahead for David Chung Ministries International.
Most of you know that David and I were married on January 15 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. After a brief honeymoon, we loaded up my belongings in a U-Haul truck and spent about 6 days driving across the country to our new home in Federal Way, Washington. We are thankful for the many ways the Lord provided for our move both financially and physically as He kept us safe on that long drive.
Married life has been wonderful and also challenging. We are adjusting to a blended family, a blended culture, a new home and a new part of the country for my daughter Grace and me.
For those of you who don’t know me, I had adopted Grace from China in 2001 while I was single. I had prayed for many years that God would bring a man after His own heart into our lives and He definitely answered that prayer with David. Grace is enjoying the love of her new Daddy and her new grandparents who live with us. Grace and I are gradually learning a few Korean words and David’s parents are speaking more and more English.
In September, David joined the faculty at Faith Lutheran Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma where he teaches Old Testament courses to both English and Korean-speaking students. Teaching is truly a ministry for David as he prays often for each of his students and encourages them as they fulfill God’s calling for their lives. He always says that he is more of a pastor than a scholar and it seems that his students really benefit from that.
I am a pharmacist with Wal-Mart and work 3 days per week in various stores in the Seattle area. Grace is currently attending an afternoon preschool class at a local elementary school. We recently
celebrated her fifth birthday and she will attend kindergarten in the fall.
One of our first priorities after we were married was to find an English-speaking church where we could grow spiritually and serve. One of David’s students recently invited us to visit Grace Community Church in Auburn. This seems to be where God is leading us, so we will become members in the near future.
David recently attended a missionary leadership training course in Pasadena which is called Mission Perspectives. The purpose of this training is to analyze missions from Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives; to assess the current status of the global missionary movement; and to develop leaders who will guide the current missionary force into the future. David was reminded of the critical need for missionary organizations and local churches to have a clear vision of their role in missions and a strategy for accomplishing that vision.
To that end, David and I have been praying for God to give us clear direction for DCMi. We recently spent some time developing a mission statement and specific goals for DCMi which will allow us to sharpen our focus so that we can effectively cooperate with others to accomplish the Great Commission. We have applied for 501(c)3 nonprofit status for DCMi in order to make it easier for people to participate financially in the ministry. We expect the final ruling from the IRS in 3 to 5 months.
Upcoming Events for DCMi
1) Seminary Lecture, Tacoma: Biblical Hermeneutics, Survey of the OT, Greek I and II (May – June)
2) Church Planting Seminar: New Jersey (June 24-26)
3) All Church Retreat: Philadelphia (July 2-4)
4) Ukraine Outreach (July 11-19)
5) Moldova Outreach with Global Missions Fellowship (Sept. 16-25) (David and Kay)
6) Seminary Lecture, St. Louis: OT Theology (Sept. 26-30)
7) Seminary Lecture: Tonga (Nov. 7-17) (David and Kay)
In our next newsletter, we will mention the specifics of each of these ministry activities. You can go to www.david-chung.com to read about David’s ministry activities during the first half of 2005.
Please Pray . . .
1) For David, Grace, and me as we continue to grow together as a family.
2) That we will always keep the Lord first in our lives and in our marriage/family.
3) That each ministry activity mentioned above will be fruitful.
4) That we would hear God’s voice and direction for DCMi.
5) That the non-profit designation would be approved by the IRS without any problems.
We would love to hear from you. Please let us know if you have a new email or physical address. Also, let us know how we can pray for you.
For His glory,
David and Kay Chung
David and Kay Chung
2720 South 374th Place
Federal Way, WA 98003
David Chung Ministries International
P.O. Box 4161
Federal Way, WA 98063