God’s Calling is a series in the ICSU Update, created in hopes to share the Christian experiences of ICSU community members. Sophomores Maria Kim and John Yoon were interviewed by members of the ICSU Update team to share the perspectives of students.

Maria Kim

Are you a Christian? Yes. 

How did you discover God? Through my parent’s guidance, I have been blessed to begin my journey of faith as a child, and ever since, I have continuously walked this trek of discovering God more and more each day through His living Word and the grace He provides.  

How did you discover NICS and why did you decide to work at a Christian school? I discovered ICSU by listening to a testimony of a notable alumni who had attended this school for her secondary education. 

Has ICSU contributed to your faith? If so, how? It definitely has. Attending this school has helped me see my fellow teachers, classmates, and many others in a faith-driven perspective which I would never have been able to if I had not come here. Everyday at school, God offers me an opportunity to stand as a witness for Him in ways that do not exemplify my strength but rather His grace so that I may humbly boast of Christ alone. 

Do you have a personal testimony? Did God work in your life? If so, how? Yes. To begin with, I had once been a person who was zealous for only my success and desires. I had my entire life planned out, from my high school graduation date to my marriage date  (I know, now I’m surprised too). After finishing middle school with satisfaction in my achievements,  I suddenly had to move back to Korea, and begin a new life again.

In the following eight months, I attended a Korean school with complete unfamiliarity and experienced losing two of my loved ones. During the months of trepidation, there was one verse I could not have lived without: Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Though I was stripped of everything I had once held so dearly onto, and though I could not understand how God was planning the steps of my life, I received a gift the world could never give: hope that never fails. In this hope, I realized I was nothing without Him. In this hope, God taught me how it was better to be lowly with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud (Prov.16:9). In this hope, I was able to have joy that could not be stolen.

From then, my glory and joy were not derived from my possessions but instead from the hope of God’s unfailing love which has strengthened me in my weakest moments. Holding onto the heavenly hope that allowed me to rejoice as a partaker in Christ’s sufferings led me here, to ICSU, and now, I can undoubtedly say that I am very honored to have lost everything that I may become a living witness of God’s grace alone. I praise you, Father. 

When you think of “God”, what comes to your mind first? The two words, “love” and “my advocate” come to mind. How blessed are we to have a loving  Father who will accept us unconditionally and a faithful Advocate who will defend us when we cannot speak for ourselves 🙂  

If you could ask God one question, what could it be? God, how can I love like you do? 

John Yoon

Are you a Christian? Yes

How did you discover God? I was a born into a Christian family.

How did you discover NICS and why did you choose to come to a Christian school? I didn’t, my parents did.

Has ICSU contributed to your faith? If so, how? Not really.

Do you have a personal testimony? Not as of now.

Did God work in your life? If so, how? Yes, in multiple ways, he helps me through life and I pray to him for assistance and when I need help.

When you think of “God”, what comes to your mind first? The Bible, Jesus, Religion 

If you could ask God one question, what could it be? What is heaven like?