Testimonies of Grace: Crystal Kim

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Today, I will be sharing the testimony of Crystal Kim. If you visit The Bridge, Crystal will most likely be the first person to greet with, remember your name, and check up on you if you are missing. Crystal is involved with our children’s ministry, welcoming committee, and everything else in between. Sadly, Crystal will be leaving to go to grad school soon, but before she leaves, I wanted to share her testimony of grace with The Bridge. Below are some fun facts about her:

1. What is your dream car (or dream purchase item if not a car)?
A trip around the world.  The Himalayas, the Sahara, the Great Barrier Reef, the Northern Lights…so dreamy!

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

Most recently “Hole in the Gospel” by Rich Stearns

3. What was the worst job you ever had?

My first job ever was working on the maintenance crew for a building on a seminary campus.  Thankfully it was summertime, so campus was deserted and they let me listen to my Walkman!  I quit as soon as I’d earned enough to pay for my first mission trip ever.

4. How did you end up at The Bridge?

I’d just moved to DFW from Seoul, and was pretty discouraged after many months of church-hopping.  The first Sunday I visited, I walked into the worship service at The Bridge only to realize it was Daylight Savings and I was more than an hour late.  Embarrassed, I slipped out and went to the Korean-speaking worship service downstairs where an announcement about an upcoming medical mission trip to Haiti caught my attention.  I’d been praying for an opportunity just like this one!  I had a wonderful experience serving in Haiti with Jimmy’s parents, Jenny’s parents, and other older Korean-speaking adults, before fully settling in to The Bridge and finding it to be “home.”

5. What inspires you at The Bridge?

Here, I’ve seen how God really, truly loves His church and so desires to be glorified through it.  In the past 4 years that I’ve been here, His sovereign providence in leading this group has been so humbling.  This warm community has shown me how our collective whole is integral in fulfilling God’s purposes and reaching the world around us.

Below is Crystal’s testimony:

Growing up as the daughter of a pastor, I had the unique experience of having church infused in even my earliest memories.  I watched my parents serve God faithfully and participated in many church events.  But looking back, I am not sure that I fully grasped the magnitude of God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus.  I spent much of my time in high school and college allowing experiences and achievements to define me.  I allowed God to be a part of the picture only partially, and prayed that He help me to achieve the lofty (often prideful) goals that I had envisioned for my life.

Then, the year after I’d graduated from college, my mom was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.  That year continues to remain a whirlwind of memories – between hospital visits, now-treasured memories with my mom, and praying and pleading with God for healing.  My mom went to be with the Lord less than a year after her diagnosis.  Those many nights following, I’m so thankful that my grief-stricken prayers did not go unnoticed. God pulled me from my sorrow, comforted me, and showed me His mercy and grace by reminding me of His promises.  I am so grateful to be able to say that my mom (my confidant and our family rock), is in heaven, enjoying complete healing and in perfect union with God!  Her cancer and death showed me very personally the frailty of life, our desperate need for God, and my ugly stubbornness in complete submission to Him.  I was convicted of my prideful heart and became burdened for the many who die without the assurance of heaven.

Over time, I have come to understand what Piper means when he says, “Jesus didn’t come into the world to lend his power to already existing appetites..Not to leave people untransformed in what they crave, and simply add the power of Jesus as the way to get it. That is not the gospel.”  In His grace, Jesus continues to transform my appetite, my motivations, and my meditations, to be rooted in Him.  I pray daily: “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may rely on Your faithfulness.  Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name!” (Psalms 86:11).  I can confidently say that my story – my family, my personality, the experiences I’ve had – was put together by an Almighty, loving God who has not wasted a single moment.  And for His great faithfulness, I am so grateful!

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