Gerard St. Hilaire – South Korea: “The Refiner’s Fire”

Being in a different culture and having to assimilate is never an easy thing to do, in my opinion. I have been in South Korea for about two months now, and am still adjusting and trying to make the pieces to the puzzle fit. I am truly thankful to God, though, for bringing me into the mission field to work for and with Him. On top of the cultural adjustments, I’m dealing with some other wars within my members, if you will. While it has not been easy, it has been an amazing experience thus far, filled with countless blessings and revelations from Him!

As I strive to be the best that I can be in Christ, I find a crazy internal experience happening; a great controversy in my mind. As the Lord is doing all He can to literally teach me and show me His ways, the devil is working as well. In this battle, I want God to win, but it seems like the enemy has too much gain. Day by day, moment by moment, second by second, I’m constantly shown reminders of worldly things from the kingdom of the enemy. It’s tough sometimes, having to be in front of people–adults and children–when your mind is constantly in battle! As I began to feel so plagued and downtrodden, I realized my only solace was in JESUS.

One day in particular, I found myself on the way to the mission school just crying out to God and asking Him “why this” and “why that” if I’m doing all that I can! Why so much pressure from Satan, and how does he have this much leeway to get to me? I asked.  And a short while after, as I was listening to Patriarchs and Prophets, God answered with a direct line from the book. I realized that I was being put through the “Refiner’s Fire” so that my character could be in sync with Jesus (something that I was praying for by the way).  I couldn’t go on. I just stopped and started crying right there as I received a shower of God’s love.

Wow! Isn’t God amazing?! The way He hears His children and attends right to their needs! I believe God has some marvelous things to do with and through me, especially while I am out here in South Korea, and I believe He has the same plan for you! The Lord has also brought this Scripture to me to hold onto through this time, and I pray it will of some encouragement to you:

Romans 8:18 (NKJV) –  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”


Stay strong in the Lord, wherever you may be. Hold on to His Word and pray often to keep that connection alive. Whenever the going gets tough, remember Romans 8:18 and also Hebrews 10:21-23;35,36.


*Gerard St. Hilaire is serving as an English and Bible teacher in South Korea through the Office of Volunteer Ministries and Adventist Volunteer Service.

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