I was born and raised in . . . Suwon, South Korea, until I was 14. My entire family is Presbyterian, and I was also a Presbyterian until I met Pastor Young Ha Kim. After I met Pastor Kim, I became a Lutheran (ELS) and came to Great Plains Lutheran High School.
I had never heard of MLC . . . until my junior year at GPLHS. I was always interested in becoming a teacher. However, I never expected to become a teacher at a Lutheran school in the United States. When I heard about MLC, I thought it would be a great school for me. I could be trained under God’s words with my friends in Christ. When I was at MLC, I struggled sometimes because of the size of New Ulm. However, I think MLC trained me very well. I was well prepared when I became a teacher.
I am currently teaching . . . at Huron Valley Lutheran High School. HVL is in Westland, Michigan. It is a very small high school with 90 students and eight faculty members. I teach math, from Algebra 1 to Calculus. God has blessed me with great people at HVL. Students and faculty members are very pleased with me, and I am also very pleased with them and how they always support me.
Right now, I coach the junior varsity basketball team. I also coached baseball and soccer the last two years. I really enjoy coaching high school students. It is always fun to interact with students outside of my classroom. We all need a break from teaching sometimes.
God has a plan for everybody. . . . When I was in South Korea, I never expected to be teaching at HVL. I was a young boy who did not know anything. However, God has guided me with his words and people. There are so many different fields out there. I could be working somewhere else. However, God held my hands and trained me as a teacher—a teacher who teaches math but also God’s words. God had planned everything. I really appreciate how he is using me to train future ministers.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plan I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”