Editor’s introduction: The Adventist Soapbox’s mission is to provide a platform for “Adventists and Adventists on the fringes” to share their stories. We just love to tell stories! Sometimes it may be stories of people who are angry, or bitter or just hurting. But sometimes it is stories of ordinary Adventist Christians who love the Lord and the Church. People who just overflow with the desire to witness for their Savior and share the love of God to those around them.
The story in this blog is of such an individual: Laetitia Laan is a pastor’s kid. She attended both Adventist and government schools. As a child she, at times, experienced the hurt and pain of being shunned by her friends because of a condition which necessitated numerous operations on her feet. Even worse were the times when she saw how badly her parents were treated by nasty church members. But, by God’s grace and through the wise counsel of god fearing parents she developed into a dedicated Christian who just loves to to witness and share the love of Jesus. She and her husband Paul live in Korea where their personal mission is to witness for their faith.
Laetitia’s blog brims over with enthusiasm and love for her Lord and the joy that she experiences as she continue to witness from day to day. The following paragraphs are excerpts from correspondence with me and some others.
Hi!… It’s always good to hear from you dear friend. Thank you for your love to my Mom and Dad over the years and for the love that you have shown me and most of all your love for God. Thank you for sharing with me.
Remember my husband and I here in Korea as we share the good news about Jesus. We all need to born again to be saved. So many people don’t have a relationship with God and they just go through the do’s and the don’ts and they think that is their ticket to heaven. Others think that they can live as they please. Meanwhile we are all such weak sinners and without Jesus we can do absolutely nothing.
Our right doing and actions are not what saves us, but our relationship with our precious Lord. Nobody can save us but Jesus. And as we are connected to Him He gives us the power to overcome sin in our life, not because we are so great but because of our relationship with Him, and so we have nothing to boast about. We all need to repent and be baptized by water and the Spirit and so we need to have a new heart. A born again experience!
It is sad but many in the churches of all the denominations simply just warm the pews but they don’t know Jesus. How sad it will be one day when Jesus comes if so many are lost simply because they didn’t have a relationship with Him. May we all be connected to Him and be an example to everyone around us.
Thank you so much for your prayers for us in this mission land. We are witnessing – simply sowing the seeds about God’s love and what He has done for us. What a precious gift of salvation! If we would just accept it and repent, be baptized and follow Him in all things.
We can’t convert any hearts in this place where we are, or anywhere in the world, but we can sow seeds and pray for them. God is the One that can touch hearts, and turn hearts of stone into flesh.
May God bless you there my friend and may God bless us here in this corner of God’s vineyard….
Concerning theological debates in the Church
There are so many theological debates and stuff that is happening in our church… it makes me sick…. I don’t know why we can’t just focus on Jesus now… As we focus more on that and helping people to see Jesus for who He is and helping to make Jesus real and simple to people …
People will argue till they are blue in the face…. so pointless… meanwhile… souls are perishing everywhere… and the church gets colder… We don’t even know how to be warm to people.. We don’t truly understand how to reach out to people with love…icy and frozen… It shocks me sometimes when I see this in our church… If it wasn’t for reaching out to people and doing Bible studies and witnessing.. I don’t think I could have lasted either… but the truth keeps me in the church… and Jesus’ love keeps me in… and my parents’ example.
I get so tired of the phoniness in the church, and in our institutions… and people trying to go for status…No real interest in souls. I want to be around ordinary people that are real… Not this “fakeness”. It makes me angry that’s for sure.. So I feel sad when I see people leave our church…
Concerning Ellen White
Let’s keep praying for those around us. I know Ellen White says it will seem like the ship will go down… but don’t jump off when the storm is there… stay on… it will go through. I keep that in my mind.
I also don’t talk lots about White to others. It scares them off. I focus on the 2nd coming, salvation, those kinds of things and state of dead and prophecy. Ellen White… last… more for myself. I can prove all things that I believe from the Bible. I think we should follow that approach because of the hatred out there towards us SDA’s. Also many turn a deaf ear to us because we bring up White all the time. Not that I don’t believe what she says. I do… but I don’t push it. Well that’s how I do mission work.
Concerning the Church
I sometimes shake my head at what I see in the church also… being a preacher’s kid and all… you see everything… And also in the higher levels of our church… but I am SDA… I know it’s the truth… I just focus on witnessing… and sowing seeds.. and even if they don’t come in now… it’s not for me to worry about. In Korea people are after the numbers game.. trying to baptise as many as they can… even when they are not ready.. Pressure pressure, pressure to baptize… and many many leave later.. they weren’t ready and they weren’t nurtured. I guess I better get going… tons to do.. God bless you!
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