1998 was a big year. It was the year I had to move back to Korea because of the crisis in my family and my country. This was also the year I turned to Christianity and Jesus Christ as my Savior. This was a new thing for me as I had grown up in a non-Christian family as my parents were non-practicing Buddhist atheists .We never heard the phrases "God bless you" or “Let's pray” in our house. Therefore, following Christianity was altogether a different experience for me.
I didn’t pray but attended church, since it was the only entertainment in the small town I came from. However, in my teens, I started out the spiritual search of the world and history. I turned more religious than I ever was. It is easier to talk about it, but the whole process can never be depicted in words on a blog post alone.
I think He was looking for me and when I was looking for God, He was there. He was my Savior even when I wasn’t born. He is the king of the world and once I gave up my destiny in his hands, my decisions became simpler and easier to make. In 1998, I found myself and my spirituality in Christianity.
Two people that had a huge impact in my life
The first one was KJ who was a leader in the church that I attended. She was the most amazing person to me. She loved me a lot. I had no clue about the Bible or the how to pray. She helped me to learn these two things and was very patient throughout the whole process. She was a good mentor and taught me things which I would have not understood by myself. These things may not matter now, but in those days they mattered to me a lot. She was the perfect mentor and friend who guided me through the journey. She has shaped my spiritual being into who I am today, and this is why I will always be thankful for her. Without her, my spiritual journey would not have been possible.
The second most influential person in 1998 was Shan. We both grew up in the same town in those years proceeding 1998. I always thought that he couldn’t speak Korean, and this is why he never talked much. However, I got to know later that he was well versed and fluent in Korean. The only reason he didn’t speak out was his own shyness. Once he became friends with me, he never stopped talking. He was not a Korean national but my perspectives changed because of him. Even though he wasn’t Korean by nationality, he was native in Korean language. People like him have had a strong influence on my entire life. Without friends like Shan -- whom I would meet later -- my life would have had been a boring one with no purpose or travelling experience.