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In the two Korean churches I pastored back-to-back during my 12 years in Massachusetts, the majority of the congregation were college and graduate students. So, every June, the students I had cared for over the years graduated from college and left for jobs in other states and countries. As I sent them off, I always prayed that God would bless them with good relationships. Because the important things in our lives are often determined by the people we meet. I hope this June pastoral letter is of particular interest to students graduating from high school or college.

I met so many people in my life and was loved by so many. My doctoral advisor, Dr. Seo, was an inspirational man with a godly life and a wealth of knowledge. He taught me the attitude of a scholar in academic research and the right way to be a pastor. The parishioners I met in the churches always treated me with generous love when I was lacking in many things. Life is the imprint of time on our hearts. The many people we have met in the time we have spent so far have shaped our character, attitudes, and beliefs like a carving knife.

Meeting people creates an event in one form or another, which is transformation. When people meet their loved ones, they rearrange all the values in their lives. They go from being self-centered to speaking, thinking, and acting with their loved one at the center. We carry within us the imprints of the people we've had meaningful contact with. We also leave our mark on the hearts of others.

It is important to meet good people, but the most important thing is to meet Jesus. When we meet Jesus, all our encounters become richer and more meaningful. It gives us eyes to interpret our own lives anew. I always find it interesting to read the story of Joseph in Genesis. His life was not a smooth one. Sold into slavery by his brothers and working for 10 years in the house of Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh's guard, Joseph was recognized for his integrity and ability, only to be framed and imprisoned. Though he was frustrated and angry, he did not leave God. Genesis 40:21 shows that. “the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden...” Joseph met The chief cupbearer in prison and because of that meeting, he met the king of Egypt and was put in charge of the whole land of Egypt. He brought Egypt and the surrounding countries out of famine and saved Jacob's family from starvation.

Just as Joseph was a blessing to the world, may you be blessed to have a fresh encounter with Jesus and leave a meaningful mark on the lives of others, no matter what stage of life you are in.

“I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:26

Love and blessings in Christ,

Rev. Hyuntae Kim, Ph.D.

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