Jeongju Grace Oh-Howard

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD. (Romans 6:22-23)

I was born in a big family in Korea in the 1960s. At that time, Korea was experiencing a transition from poverty to a developed country. My grandmother lived in hunger and had a painful life under the Japanese occupation and later during the Korean war. She lost three children. She was sick in her 40s. She accepted Jesus as her Savior and was healed. She became the first believer in Christ in my family. Because of her faith and dedication to God, I attended church worship service and Sunday school.

I became a new person. Jesus became my Savior and my Lord. After I met Jesus, my life started to change in many ways.

When I entered college, I was interested in worldly activities rather than God. I struggled in college because of the meaningless of life. My soul was very sick. I had no self-confidence. I had no hope in the future.

In 1990, I was invited to Namjung Presbyterian Church. I attended worship services on Sunday mornings and evenings and Wednesday evenings. Three months later, the Holy Spirit came upon me at a Wednesday worship service. I felt freedom from an evil spirit. I repented my sins. I knew that I received rebirth by the Spirit. I became a new person. Jesus became my Savior and my Lord. After I met Jesus, my life started to change in many ways. I felt freedom from all burdens, guilt, and shame. I had the confidence of eternal life in Christ. I started to live in hope and strength, even though I experienced difficult problems. I experienced the Holy Spirit in daily lives. Worshiping Jesus at church became the center of my life. I wanted to share the Good News with others. I wanted to become a pastor. So, I earned a Master of Divinity in Korea.


With God’s Help I started an international student ministry, and I shared the Good News on the street and at the farmer’s market.

In the year 2000, I left Korea and came to America to start a new life. I struggled to learn English and adjust to America culture. God took care of me. God sent the Holy Spirit upon me in worship services. God helped me meet faithful Christians at churches. And God gave me the ability to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary. God’s divine blessings continued in my life. God gave me my husband, Jeff. His faithful partnership in ministry and life has blessed me. My life is filled with thankfulness and hope in Christ.

With God’s help I started an international student ministry at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. I served for Faith United Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles and I shared the Good News on the street and farmers market. I started a new worshiping congregation for urban poor at Eagle Rock Presbyterian Church. I started Crossroads International Fellowship, a new church development, in Princess Anne, Maryland and a campus ministry at the University of Maryland. I started All Nations for Christ for students at Salisbury University. And I pastored Delaware City Presbyterian Church. I currently teach the Bible at Washington Theological Seminary and the World Mission College of greater Washington, DC.

Every morning, Jeff and I talk about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and our hope in Christ. We pray for the churches we serve and have served. We lift the names of people who have helped us in our ministries. I feel that I am so loved by many Christian who love Jesus. They helped us to be faithful witnesses and crowned us with his love and compassion. Nowadays, as a pastor, I fulfill my vows to the Lord by caring for others in the church and sharing the Good News with people who have not yet found God.

Merciful God, thank you so much for giving our churches Jesus and faithful witnesses. Help me to learn from Jesus and the saints, praising you and being a fruitful witness. Amen.

More Faith Stories

There are people who sometimes have a stomachache and think it's cancer, they think it is a terminal illness. Sometimes people think there is no solution, but it is only a stomach discomfort. It's something bad that you ate that upset your stomach. It is that people that are losing their faith. They get concerned about so many things. They wake up and see the car with a flat tire, and it is a bad day.

There are more important things we need to learn. We need to seek the Lord, because time is short, time goes by quickly. I've got three children: my first daughter is 25 years old. My son is 21 and my other daughter is 16. I mean, time goes by fast.

This means this is an opportunity for you to devote your heart to Jesus Christ, so that He can save you, so that He can be your guide, so that He can be your path, so that He can be everything in your life. Listen to this message, share it with your family. If you do not have a family do not think you are alone. God is with you wherever you are. God will be with you come what may.

Now, what happened with COVID two years ago was unbelievable. God put us to the test. Many people died, and that's something that's coming ahead. There will be more illnesses, there will be more regulations. But if we keep our faith in God, if we continue to trust in God, He will give us the peace we need, the peace the world needs.

Sometimes in the community, there are a lot of people who are watching their backs. For their own protection they hire bodyguards that watch over them night and day because they feel insecure. But we have God to protect us. Day after day, God protects us. God takes care of us. God gives us strength.

I strongly encourage you, I dare you to seek the Lord. This Why I Love Jesus ministry goes across the globe spreading the word of God, telling the world Jesus Christ is real, He is not dead.

There have been many stories in this world which were looking forward to changing history, but we have this story of faith that we believe, come what may, the Lord will be with us.

So if you have relatives, share this experience with them: brothers, sisters, parents. If your family has never been in contact with Jesus, now is the time for you to tell them to embrace Him, to embrace God. Tell them about the story in the Bible that says there is a man in hell, being burned there, and he would like to have a chance of getting out of there. But unfortunately, he has already lost the opportunity. In other words, there is no way he could leave hell.

And you who are there watching this testimony, this word of the Lord, this is the opportunity that you get. Maybe we don't wake up tomorrow; we don't know what will happen tomorrow.

This is the moment for you to say, "Lord, forgive me. I have failed a lot; I've failed in several things, but I want You to be my Savior, I want You to be my shield, I want You to be my strength, I want You to be everything in my life."

Make your decision. Sometimes in day-to-day life, we make decisions, many of them, but this is the most important decision you should make in your life. That is to devote your life to Jesus Christ, commend your life to Jesus Christ, so that He can be everything in your life. May He be your peace, your strength.

At times, people have enough money in the bank and think with that they will change the world, think that will be their protection. But money is only an ordinary piece of paper. In the end, the paper will run out, the money will run out, but treasures we did will remain when we're in heaven.

So let's make this an invitation. Let's hope this message will reach someone in need of it. So you who are out there, this message is meant for you.

My stepfather was an alcoholic, and we had a difficult life. But God changed us. When I began going to this church in 2000, God changed me. God changes you, and God wants to do great things with your life.

So, I mean, maybe you are also having a hard time with an alcoholic father, an alcoholic mother. Let me tell you, I had bad thoughts in my head about finishing him, killing him, destroying him, so that it all would end. But when I got to the feet of Jesus, when I started going to church, God made changes in me. God makes changes in you. God changes your mind.

When God entered into my life, and I looked at my stepfather again, I saw him in a different way. I held a grudge inside my heart, but nevertheless, God was working on me. God worked on me and gave me peace. I was smart enough not to commit a crime. God showed me the way I should live.

In addition to being at peace with God, He gives you intelligence. God gives you wisdom to be on the side of right every day in our lives.

So, this is an invitation, whether you're a woman, or man, or youth. Young people sometimes make decisions which scar their lives forever. To put it another way, if you are young, make your decision to accept Jesus: don't wait until tomorrow and say, "No, I'd better wait before accepting Jesus Christ, before accepting God in my heart. I've still got a long way to go. I want to live my life, and I want to do things. When I'm older, I'll see whether I change." But we don't know what happens tomorrow, so you should make up your mind today.

I've had some friends who made their decisions too late. I had a friend who said he was going to drink his life away. He was going to drink, that's what he was going to do. He was going to do drugs, to live a totally careless life. He thought he was being cleverer than God. But he wasn't, nobody is smarter than God. At the end of his life he was going to seek God's forgiveness.

Had God been given the opportunity, He would have forgiven him, He would have indeed. But my friend didn't take the trouble to get to that point. He was doing his drugs, drinking and whatnot. Then he grabbed a gun and shot himself in the head.

I mean, we don't know what was the last moment in his life, whether he asked forgiveness or not. We only had the word he killed himself by putting a bullet in his head. Odds are he didn't have the opportunity of begging God's forgiveness, and he lost his life. Or better expressed, do not let the enemy fool you. The enemy hampers your life.

That means to move on and accept Jesus Christ. He is going to give the answers. He is going to give you the peace you need. That's my testimony, and I know this is on behalf of God, so people would turn to Him.

People get lost, people haven't wanted to recognize their faults. God has a plan for your life. That means if He gave you this plan, accept it, accept it. We have free will, people make their own decisions. God has already chosen some individuals. God has predestined people. Whether you are predestined or exercising your free will, make your decision and follow Jesus Christ.

Your life will change, He is going to transform it, and He is going to help you in every way, be it economic, social, psychological, whatever you need, God is going to help you.

Thank you for your time, thank you for this opportunity that God gave me to share my faith. I come from Houston, Texas, but I've been working here in Delaware, and this is an opportunity God has granted me to share good news and continue to spread good news. We're the ambassadors of the word of God. So thank you for this opportunity, and let's move forward with this testimony which is for the benefit of society.

Barb Lambert

Barb Lambert

I wasn’t raised in a church; so I knew nothing about Jesus or God. I did go to Vacation Bible School in the summers and heard and loved the song, “This Little Light of Mine.”