Tim Byun (5th Grade)
First and foremost, I would like to praise the lord, one and only our God for giving me this pivotal experience of learning about how God created male and female and how for me to become Godly man to get married to a Godly woman in observance of God’s telling us to form a family in order to be fruitful and multiply.
When we learned about our distinct body parts with respect to their functions, I was amazed at the fact that not only God created us for his purpose but also we have received the spirit from God.
I also learned about the fact that the Bible that we believe in defined only male and female as sex but nothing else (what they call “gender”). With no surprise, however, we learned we should love them but we should be able to tell the truth according to the Bible.
With that said, one of the most astonishing things that I’ve learned is certainly the fact that people often confuse themselves and are mistaken to make a wrong choice about life, such as abortion, without understanding that every life has a spirit and it is God’s right.
Like most others, I never really wanted to sign up for POP this year. More to be honest, I had no idea about what I will learn. Truthfully, I realize that this program was very useful in teaching teenagers like myself about some of the touchy subjects such as love, marriage, and sex. More importantly, I learned about so many subjects that I never knew which I will come across through my teenage life and how God’s words speak for me.
Overall, my experience at P.O.P. was very fun and I am proud to be one of Bethel P.O.P. Class of 2019. I will recommend this course to my sister, Chloe and others to sign up and wear armor of being Christian.
Katie Choi (5th grade)
In these four weeks of POP, I learned a lot. We learned about periods and puberty. I think that was really helpful because we learned that changes to are bodies aren’t just changes but also blessings. I also learned that pro-life is right and you shouldn’t abort your own child that God has blessed you with. In one of the activities we did, everyone got to experience pregnancy. It was very hard which means that our mothers went through so much to have us.
Every week we did POP without our parents but a couple weeks ago I got to wash my mom’s feet and my dad washed my feet as well. We also prayed and hugged with our mom and dad. A lot of people cried including me. All of us also learned how to become a Godly man and woman. And I really liked that because we can learn how to be more like God.
We learned about marriage and starting families too. A lot of people at first thought it was gross but we learned that it isn’t and it’s actually a beautiful thing that we eventually have to do. I think marriage is a great thing because it’s a start of a new family and chapter of your life. I can apply all of this to my life by cherishing my body and remembering what our mothers did and went through to have us. Also, we should remember that God loves us and he is always watching over us. I would like to have the same mindset in 10-15 years as I do right now. POP helped me to get closer and learn much more about God and what he wants us to know and be like when we grow up. I definitely think POP has taught me so many things and I hope I’ll never forget them. I would like to thank Pastor Jinah and Teacher Yena for teaching me about God. Also, I would like to thank my family for supporting me. It was very good to watch all the movies with them every week. And lastly, I’d like to thank all of my amazing friends for making this POP more fun for me.
It is a lifelong commitment to put God first”, as it says in the Purity Covenant Application.
The most important thing I learned in P.O.P, was that we should always put God first and live to abide by God’s words.
During the past couple of weeks, we learned about the boundaries in dating. The boundaries of dating taught me how we are supposed to honor God with our spouse.
We also got to experience what our moms went through when they were pregnant. The ways in that they sacrifice and take care of us starting the moment they find out they are pregnant. I am especially thankful and amazed because my mom did it three times! It made me realize that all that sacrifice would not be possible if she did not love us.
We also learned about our bodies and how wonderful God made them. God made each and every one of us, and I appreciate how God made each and every one of us different and great in our own way, we are all made in his own image.
It was interesting when we did the own love language test. I learned things I didn’t know about myself. I found out that my first love language was quality time.
Finally, I’m thankful to all the teachers who volunteered their precious time to teach us about God, especially to my teacher WooJung. I thank God for everything He has done for us, everything He made for us, and especially for forgiving my sins. I hope that me as well as my fellow p.o.p friends remember the valuable lessons and seek God and God’s words first and strive to become Godly men and women.
First of all, I just want to thank all the teachers for taking the time to teach us, but not only did they just teach us but they made it fun and it made me really want to come to church. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be able to be in Pop.I learned so~ much from my wonderful teacher Woojung who’s sitting right there. Pastor Jinah and her both taught me how to be a Godly woman and to choose my future husband wisely they also told me not to date anyone until I was in college and not to kiss them until I get married.We learned that God created us in his own image and how we were different from animals and were special because of that, on the first week, and on the second week we learned that we were wonderfully made,on the third week we learned how to be a Godly man or woman, and last week we learned the boundaries of dating and how we were bought with a price.I never actually knew these things until now and how we don’t date people because it’s just fun but because you want to give that person a great life with you and because you care deeply for them. This made me really realize that it’s a really hard decision to get married and once you get married you shouldn’t divorce them. I had a really great time learning about these things and made new friends from my group these past week and I just want to thank all the teachers again for all their hard work in preparing this every week and planning things out like this banquet which took about a month to prepare for everyone. So thank you to all the teachers.
During POP I learned that we are all created in the image of God that we are all like God. Male and female have different body parts and act differently but we are all created to do one thing: multiply and spread Gods word and glorify him. During POP I learned that my mom went through many things when she was pregnant, things I never would have want to happen to me and I now realized what she sacrificed for me like not being able to eat junk food (well at least for my mom). My mom loves me so much but most of the time I just don’t see it or I don’t realize what she did and is doing for me. God had plans for me even when I was a single cell and even though I don’t know what it is yet I have the Holy Spirit and it will guide me. From now on I will live in purity and take care of my body because Christ lives in me. I am grateful for the time I have in POP and I should be more grateful for the people who love me and take care of me and I should be a godly man, being respectful, responsible, and faithful to God and my family. I might not realize it now but I need to use this information and keep it not in my head but in heart and action.
Hello, I am Celine Kim from Bethel Korean Church in fifth grade. I was in a group with two friends and teacher Sally. During POP, I learned about organs in our body and why we need them. And I learned how amazing we are and about babies in a mother’s womb. I am so surprised of how God made me so wonderfully! Also, I learned about becoming a women and changing. Before attending POP, I was so scared of what would happen to me when I change.
But, after these lessons from many teachers, I felt much better now that I knew exactly how God made me and what will happen to me. When I experienced what my mom went through having me inside her, with a melon and four water bottles, I got to know how hard it was for my mom. So I felt very sorry and thankful to her. I had so many tears in my eyes in the last few weeks. Especially when my mom and I washed each other’s feet, I felt deep love for my mom and love from my mom, also love from the Great God.
I’m so thankful to all the teachers for teaching me great things with love, especially teacher Sally. I was so glad I was a part of POP and I could learn a lot about my body God made wonderfully. I’ll try my best to keep in mind all the valuable lessons. Thank you God for giving me precious lessons. Thank you.
During this program, I have gotten to really appreciate God and my parents on what they did for me. Pop has helped me understand my body more and what will happen in the future. It has helped me understand how to be godly person. The video assignments also had an emotional effect on me and especially my sister. At first, I was going just because my dad made me now, I’m really glad I listened to him. If I had not gone, I would have never learned all these things about how God created me. After each lesson, I was wondering if I was truly praising the Lord. Now, I want to do everything I can for him. This program not only increased my knowledge about biology but, increased more of my heart for God. I was really touched when my mom washed my feet. That, in my opinion, made me feel that my parents would always be there for me. If anyone was to ask me if they should go to Pop I would obviously say yes!
Before I started POP I didn’t really understand the importance of family and marriage. I really liked my experience at pop, we learned about how you need to stay pure while your body change. At Pop, our parents washed our feet to represent being pure after that sermon I felt different about our church. Pop taught me to become a godly woman, Pop has helped me understand the importance of family and marriage. We also learned about how babies grow in their mother’s wound. I enjoyed all the fun games that we also played. As our homework, we watched two very inspirational movies called Courageous, and Fireproof. The movie Cuorageous taught us the value of family. The movie fireproof taught us to respect our spouses and the value of marriage. We learned that the three reasons for sex are procreation, unity, and recreation. God also said to be fruitful and fill the earth. Over all I had a great time at pop and a great big thank you to teacher Pauline for helping me understand the value of family.
During the entertaining and informative experience of ‘Promise of Purity’, I had a great time meeting new people and teachers. I learned so much from childbirth to the five different love languages. Not to mention, the different body parts such as the fallopian tube, the vulva, and the uterus. Additionally, there is the three reasons of sex, consisting of: procreation, unity, and recreation. God has a reason for everything including, hair, breasts, a larger body, and menstruation. God knew that all of these were necessary for childbirth and to multiply in number, so he wonderfully made the human body the way it is. Subsequently, I learned that the five steps to becoming a Godly woman is to seek God, speak faithfully, show true or inner beauty, stay humble, and serve the Lord. I learned how God made us differently than everything else he has made. We have the Spirit and will luckily go to heaven with him if we call Him our Father Almighty, and Jesus our Savior. I am so blessed to be able to call myself a Christian and to have learned so many things about our bodies.
I learned a lot about me and my body at POP. In the first week, I learned that God gave us reproductive systems so we can make babies and share God’s word to them. I also learned that God created men and women in his own image. Secondly, I learned that I was wonderfully made. Babies are implanted in its mom’s uterus. The baby is inside its mothers’ stomach for abort 40 days. In the third week, I learned the five love languages. The five love languages are: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. Those are the things that I learned from POP.
Woojung We, Micah We’s (6th) mom
12월 15일 아들 친구 어머님 한테서 POP 신청을 받는다고 연락이 왔습니다. 그떄 저는 아이들과 한국을 막 도착하여 시차적응 하는데 정신이 없었을 때였습니다. 하지만 연락을 받자마자 드디어 우리 장남 마이까가 POP를 할 떄가 돼었구나 하는 생각에 정신이 번떡 들더군요. 등록을 마치고 기대반 혹시 아이가 안한다고 하면 어쩌나 하는 걱정도 있었습니다. 진아 전도사님과 POP를 함께 섬기면서도 엄마인 제게는 아직 어리기만 한 아이한테 어떤 말을 꺼내서 준비를 시켜야 할지 늘 고민도 되었습니다.
대망의 첫 주 수업을 마치고 설레는 마음으로 오늘 어땠니 물어봤더니 응 좋았는데 좀 어색했어. 그런 얘기들을 Public에서 들어본적이 없잖아. 하더군요. 아이가 더 어색해 할까봐 더이상 물어보진 못했습니다. 하지만 숙제를 하면서 자연스럽게 배운것을 복습을 하게 되고 두 주가 될때부턴 자신이 궁금했던것을 자연스럽게 물어보는 기회들도 주어졌습니다. 매주 깉이 복습하면서 하나님이 주신것은 아름다운것이란것과 우리 아이에게는 참 헛갈려 했던(그것도 같이 복습을 하면서 처음 알게되었습니다) 성별에는 오로지 남자와 여자만 있다라는것, 엄마들이 아이를 임신했을떄 어떤 느낌이었을까 라는 생각, 또 아무리 작아도 하나의 생명체라는 사실 등등이 아이에게는 확실이 자리를 잡았다고 확신합니다. 그동안 저희 나름대로 아이를 나쁜것에서 보호한다고 열심히 관리를 했지만 세상에 나가있는 우리 아이는 생각보다 많이 노출이 되어있었습니다. 굳이 나쁜것을 본것은 아니지만 우리때는 문제삼지 않았던 것들에 아이가 혼돈에 빠져있다라는 것은 저희에게도 쇼킹한 일이었습니다. 사탄은 우리가 생각지도 않은 곳에서 아이들을 속이고 있었습니다. POP를 시작으로 저희 가족은 성을 하나님의 시작에서 함께 바라보고 갑니다.
저희 2학년인 둘째는 형이 하니 무언지 알지도 못하면서 본인도 하겠다고 난리입니다. 아마도 형이 조금은 으쓱하면서 가르켜 주기도 하는가 봅니다. 이 기회를 발판으로 우리 아이뿐만 아닌 여기에 있는 모든 아이들이 하나님은 나를 사랑하신다라는 확신과 내 삶에는 목적이 있다라는 것을 잊지 않기를 바랍니다. 또한 이 모든 아이들 앞으로 더 다가올 혼돈들과 의심들, 유혹이 있을떄마다 부모님은 물론이며 전도사님과 선생님들에게도 주저하지 말고 다가가길 기도합니다. 또한 같이 프로그램을 마친 아이들끼리도 서로가 서로를 바른길로 인도해 줄수잇는 주님안의 형제 자매들이 되기를 바랍니다.
마냥 어리게만 생각했던 아들이 이번 POP 과정을 통해 하나님께서 주신 아름다운 성에 대한 올바른 이해와 성찰의 시간을 가지게 됨에 감사 드립니다.
짦은 4주간의 시간이었지만 무엇보다도 세상과의 구별된 성에 대한 인식과 절제에 대해 배우는 소중한 시간이었습니다.
첫째주는 설렘으로, 둘째주는 호기심으로, 셋째주는 감동으로, 마지막 주는 아쉬움으로 남습니다.
마음만 먹으면 쉽게 얼마든지 접할 수 있는 미디어 시대에 살고 있는 요즘, 스스로 절제하고 책임감을 갖게 하는 것이 무엇보다 중요하다고 생각되었습니다.
호기심과 혼란에 빠졌을 때 같이 기도하며 조언을 해 줄 수 있는 좋은 친구들의 중요성을 다시 한번 느끼는 시간이었고 배우자를 위한 기도의 필요성과 순결 서약으로 하나님과의 약속을 하는 결단의 시간이기도 했습니다.
최고의 멘토가 되어 주신 선생님과 같이 성장 할 좋은 친구들과의 교감을 통해 이번 POP 과정을 잘 마칠 수 있도록 인도하신 하나님께 감사 드립니다.
이름도 없이 빛도 없이 전 과정을 준비해 주시고 기도해 주신 교역자 분들과 담당 선생님들, 자원봉사 해주신 부모님들께도 진심으로 감사드립니다.
Teacher Sammie Lee
Pop Encouragement to the students Do you all remember our first class and that we had many questions about why we should learn something so awkward and weird. And some of you even blamed your parents why they put you in this program, and some of you mentioned that you were a only child and it was too early for you.
But imagine that you are all facing a door that opens to a whole new world. As you enter this new world you transform into different body, and as your body changes, your mind will wonder, your confused, you don’t know how to respond to the changes. You would wish someone would lead you and guide you through this change.
However we don’t want that guidance to be from this new world. Because the world will tell you its ok to have inappropriate relationships outside of marriage, the world will tell you its ok to do whatever you want to do with your body. The world will tell you keeping your purity is not cool. The world will not tell you and won’t care of the consequences if you do not respect God’s given body.
There will be a lot of temptations, it will be hard to be a example of sons and daughters of God. So we are gathering together here today to support and celebrate your commitment, your promise to God. You won’t remember all the things that we learned, but remember the day your parents washed your feet and prayed together. They will be your supporters and your cheerleaders, and we are praying that God that you will continue to grow and be awesome young adults who keep their promise of purity.
안녕하세요, 전 김 현일 이라고 합니다. 이번 POP 선생으로 섬길 수 있어서 너무도 행복했습니다. 사실 제가 이렇게 섬길수 있을지 많은 생각을 했습니다. 사실 전 작년에 제 아들들이 POP 순결식을 한것만으로도 만족해 했고 감사했습니다. 그러다 보니 그저 제 아이들만 생각해 오것 같습니다. 그런데 이번에 다른 아이들과 POP 에서 시간을 보내며 느낀 것은 이 아이들 한명 한명이 얼마나 순수하고 소중한지를 알게 되었습니다. 특히 이 아이들이 세족식 후에 자기 부모님들을 껴안으며 서로 사랑의 표현을 하는것을 보며 얼마나 많은 사랑을 받으며 살아 왔는지 또 얼마나 더 많은 사랑이 필요한 아이들인지를 깨달았습니다. 제 아이들만이 아니고 이 모든 아이 들이 주님의 사랑 안에서 함께 이 세상에서 주님의 빛을 비추며 살아가는 사람들이 되어야 하겠다는 것을 깨달았습니다. 오히려 이런 아이들 같이 되지 아나하면 천국에 들어가지 못한다는 예수님의 말씀을 다시 생각해 보게 되었고, 이 아이들이 이 순결식을 통해 지속적으로 하나님을 더 믿고 신뢰하며 주님안에서 더 강건해 살아가는 아이들이 되기를 항상 기도하겠습니다.
Kids, though I did not get to know every one of you, I could tell how pure and precious your hearts are for Christ. Christ even said that unless we all are like you children with pure hearts, we can not enter Heaven. So I pray that you all continue not only to keep your hearts pure and clean but also to encourage others do the same in Christ. I am so proud of all of you who worked hard to finish POP and I look forward to seeing you grow in Christ. Thank you.