Testimonies of Grace: Andrew S. Kim

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We are back with another testimony of grace! The reason why I wanted to do this series is because God’s grace is seen in many different ways. Hopefully you have been blessed to hear how God has saved sinners by his grace in different ways through these testimonies. Today, we will be hearing from another Andrew Kim!

In case you didn’t know, there are actually three Andrew Kims at The Bridge. Chef Andrew (makes the best food for Sunday snacks), Sasuke Andrew (today’s testimony), and myself. I met Andrew in Texas but we actually have connections that go way back. He has gone to the same church as my sister for years and we have mutual friends from high school and college. So although I have only known him for a short time, hanging out with him feels like I’m at home. Andrew has a servant’s heart and even though he has been at The Bridge for a short time, he is involved in almost every ministry here! This shows the kind of heart and willingness he has to serve God and others. A fun fact about Andrew is that he does not have Facebook so I couldn’t get a picture of him! You will just have to come to The Bridge to see who he is, I guess…haha. Below are some fun facts about him:

1. What is your dream car?

I dunno about dream car, but cars I would buy would be a Toyota Tacoma or a VW Golf TDI. If I was a bajillionaire, I might get a Porsche GT3 for track days, or an E46 M3. One day… =)

2. What book has challenged you the most, besides the Bible?

John Piper has been a big influence on my faith. Another book that I’ve read several times is the Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. For non-religious readings, I think I read a lot of survival/nature books when I was a kid (Robison Crusoe, the Jack London short stories, etc.) that cultivated both a love for nature and a sense of wanting to be self-sufficient.

3. What was the worst job you ever had?

My first job was during freshman year summer. I worked in a video store for probably less than minimum wage. The hours sucked and it was boring, and it was my first taste of customer service. I quit after 6 months hahah.

4. How did you end up at The Bridge?

By the grace of God. I came to Dallas from southern California in October 2013 for work. And by chance, one of the women I served with at my old church happened to be Pastor Andrew’s sister. When she found out I was going to live in Dallas, she gave him my contact info and he reached out to me. I feel like ever since I’ve gotten here, I’ve been a recipient of so much care and kindness. I am truly grateful and I hope I can reciprocate the same to everyone here. Also, my apartment is only 10 minutes from church, which is a happy coincidence.

5. What inspires you at The Bridge?

I hear stories about how hard it was before, but so far from what I’ve seen, God is really working in and through this community at The Bridge. I see so much growth both from individuals and as a community, having a heart to serve and reach out to others. Let’s keep praying that we don’t get satisfied but that our hearts would continue to seek for the lost to know and experience God. =)

Below is his testimony:

For brevity, I’ll summarize my childhood in a couple sentences. My relationship with my brother and father, two people whom I should have look up to, was broken. I tried to fill that hole with friends and school. The friends part was easy for me. Even though I’m an introvert, I think I’m also a people-leaser. So I poured myself into friendships during junior high and high school and made myself into the best friend I could be. It was my identity, and it gave me a sense of worth. Also, I grew up surrounded by highly motivated peers. For example, it was common to have 3 or 4 classmates achieve a perfect score on the SAT’s, and have 7 or 8 people go to an Ivy League school. My school send 99% of its graduates to a four-year university. Academic success was a given at my school, and I thought I was on that track when I was accepted to U.C. Irvine. I took my academic success for granted.

Here is where the story of my life turned. As I began college life, I tried to cling on to those childhood friendships (my high school was 7–12th grade). When my friendships began to drift apart through time and distance, I was lost. Having lost my sense of self and the relationships that had always brought me comfort, I plunged into loneliness and depression. The academic success I took for granted also began to slip away. And for various reasons, I made the difficult decision to withdraw from school. I guess I have lived a charmed life up to this point, because this was my lowest point in life.

It was at this time that I cried out to God. I became a believer my sophomore year of high school, but it was during this personal storm that I really began to seek God in earnest desire to walk with him. Through reading the word and prayer, the Holy Spirit convicted me of my idolatry of family, friends, and “success,” whatever that means. After repenting and laying these things before God, I’ve never known such serenity and peace. I think this was when I learned to truly worship God and to understand his character: his goodness, faithfulness and sovereignty. He truly desires to sustain us, and we aren’t complete unless we are worshipping Him. God himself, his presence, is what we need in our lives.

When I surrendered my life to God, He redeemed my life. It has been a slow and painful process, but I realize that God has brought me to Dallas for a purpose. He brought me here so that I can share my testimony with another community of believers. And hopefully, my testimony will show another way in which God is faithful.

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