I mentioned in a previous posts that I wanted to start posting different testimonies of grace from The Bridge. Today, I will be sharing Hanna Won’s testimony of grace. Hanna is married to Sam and she has helped The Bridge ministry from its very inception. She is a licensed pharmacist and she loves sports! Here are some fun facts about Hanna:
1. What is your dream car?
A 4-wheel drive truck that sits really high.
2. What book has challenged you the most, besides the Bible?
I don’t read.
3. What was the worst job you ever had?
I don’t really consider any of the jobs I’ve had as bad. I just worked from being a strawberry packer to becoming a pharmacist.
4. How did you end up at The Bridge?
I was forced here by my husband (Sam Won)
5. What inspires you at The Bridge?
Here is Hanna’s testimony:
I grew up in a Christian home. My dad was a pastor so I knew who God was from a very young age. I remember listening to my mom telling us bible stories when my sisters and I were very young. I’m sure my parents told us the story of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection, but I didn’t understand the significance of it because either I was too young or because they were speaking Korean. One summer my parents sent us to Vacation Bible School at the Northside Gospel Center in Chicago. We weren’t members at that church, but they offered programs to children that our home church did not. I remember sitting there listening to the teacher saying if you want to go to heaven, just believe that Jesus died for your sins and invite him into your heart. She told us to repeat this prayer to receive Jesus into your heart and you will go to heaven. So I did. I was 9 years old. Even though I prayed the prayer, I still had doubts so I would repeat the prayer over again whenever I thought about it. My life didn’t change too much. I was a good girl and watching my parents serve the church, I learned how to serve as well.
It was my sophomore year at the University of Michigan when my life started to change. I met some people who belonged to a small Christian student group called Korean Christian Fellowship. As I started hanging out with these people, I got to see what a real relationship with Jesus looked like. They prayed differently from what I was used to. When they sang songs, they didn’t only sing hymns. They sang other songs you don’t find in hymnals. Seeing how they lived, prayed, worshipped, and love one another, helped me grow closer to God.
During my fourth year at Michigan, we had a winter retreat. It was at this retreat that my heart completely changed. I clearly remember the speaker explaining that our lives are novels and we are writing the stories of our lives as we live. Then he asked this question: “Who will write the better ending to your book? You, a sinner who isn’t perfect, who makes mistakes, or God (who is perfect and loves you)? “ Next, he asked, “are you willing to give God control of the pen and let Him write on the rest of the pages of your book”? My answer was a resounding YES.
From that point on, I decided to trust God completely and give my life to Him.
In the past 20 years since I made that decision, God has written a better story than what I could have written. He brought my husband, Sam, into my life who I am able to help in ministry while keeping me accountable. God gave us the opportunity to serve Him in Russia. We decided to trust him with our family and just go. I also realize the foundation my parents laid when I was young was strong and was built on Jesus Christ. I’m not sure how many more pages are left in my novel but I know if I let God control the pen, the ending will be perfect.