Blessed to Be a Blessing

Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Genesis 12:1-3

. . . so that you will be a blessing. (v. 2)

Matthew's parents emigrated when he was two years old. They left family behind and struggled to get used to a different culture. They've been in the United States for over twenty years but still feel more Korean than American, unsure about their English, and comfortable only with Korean friends. As they watched their son grow up in America, obtain a good education, and land a great job, they felt the effort more than worthwhile. And then Matthew told them he was moving to Laos to be a missionary! This was a shock. Matthew's parents were serious about their Christian faith and life revolved around their Korean-American church. They were thankful their son was a believer. But they hadn't brought him to America so he could turn around and move back to a poor Asian country.

America has many immigrant churches. Like Matthew, lots of children raised in them now serve Christ overseas. There is irony in this situation. Immigrants come to make a new life for their children in the United States. They don't expect them to leave. It's a testimony to their faith that they release their children for such service. Matthew's parents got over their shock and wholeheartedly supported his decision to leave America to help people in a far needier place. Their story is a reminder that to whom much is given, much is required.


God, I want to use my blessings to be a blessing to others.