“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” (Luke 8:16 NIV)
Providence members strive to live their daily lives as a light upon this world, reflecting the brilliance and love of the Holy Trinity. Please enjoy walking in the shoes of these providence members who have shared their daily lives through their personal blogs!
Providence Style Blog
This blog, written by a providence member who goes by a pen name of “Little Giants,” reflects on short proverbs from Pastor Jung Myeong Seok coupled with inspiring pictures that leaves a deep impression. His numerous posts are really simple, light-hearted, and yet thought provoking.
Check it out by clicking here! (or you can type the url: https://providencestyle.wordpress.com/)
Providence Path Blog
This blog is written by a member who previously survived from a series of self-harm, family turmoils, and contemplations of suicide. He shares how 5 years of darkness was transformed when he learnt God’s words in Providence, and saw Pastor Jung Myeong Seok’s life example.
If you are experiencing hardships and self-doubt, you must read this blog.
This blog is by a providence member called Joshua, who was inspired to create so that he could record his various inspirations, memories and realizations. Also, he writes about his experiences and encounters with God and the things that he learnt from Pastor Jung Myeong Seok.
This blog is written by a member, who is also a film maker, watching movies through the lens of the teachings of Pastor Jung Myung Seok and Providence’s 30 bible lessons. Given his busy schedule, he may not be updating that frequently, but his posts surely stir up creative thoughts in the most ordinary of us.
What would a world of art be like? A world where life becomes art and art becomes life, and a world that is created through our communion with the One Divine Being? As a religious leader (Jung Myung Seok), this artist accepted art and developed a style of art that is unrestricted by formality or genre and is free and unique.
What would a world of art be like? A world where life becomes art and art becomes life, and a world that is created through our communion with the One Divine Being? As a religious leader, this artist accepted art and developed a style of art that is unrestricted by formality or genre and is free and unique. Our exhibit displaying his world of art has opened.
The artist of these paintings is Jung Myung Seok, the president of Christian Gospel Mission. The exhibit of his art paintings has been premiering at the Gusang Art Museum in Wolmyeongdong, Geumsan-gun, Chungnam, since February 21. Displayed at the exhibit are the paintings of rocky cliffs and palm trees that he has drawn the most, as well as many other paintings besides the pine trees.
The artist’s view of art: Only when we know the Holy Son Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life, will we be able to comprehend and create art.
Jung clearly expresses his philosophy: “Only when we know the Holy Son Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life will we be able to comprehend and create art.” This philosophy is embodied in his artwork, and you can see how the freedom he gained by learning the truth through his life experiences is also alive and breathing throughout his artwork.
The painting that especially drew people’s attention at the exhibit is Destiny, which was nominated as Jung’s featured artwork at 2011 Arteclasica Art Fair held in Argentina. It won plaudits from people around the world. He portrayed the destiny of the weak before the strong through painting and said, “I received the design from the Holy Son Jesus and He showed me a vision through inspiration, so I drew it swiftly in an instant without being able to breathe.”
A snail standing on the cliff of death, like the one in Destiny, is a stork’s favorite prey. There would be no one who would say that the snail will survive. The stork thinks the same and says, “You are my prey. Once I peck at you, it is over.” However, the snail does not surrender to death but says, “I will live.” It is running with all of its might to avoid death. No matter how fast the snail may move, before the stork, that speed is like the speed of the hour hand before the second hand. Jung explained that he was depicting a person who leaves his destiny up to the Heavens.
This painting conveys the message, We cannot do anything we want with our life, but our destiny is left up to Heaven’s Will. This painting is filled and packed with the desire to convey that meaning. He illustrated the messages, If you give up, you will die and be defeated, and, Do not be conscious of others, but do it until the end. When you look at all the strokes of the painting, it seems as if the notes of Beethoven’s The Destiny Symphony have been precisely depicted. The top part of the painting was drawn with strong strokes, and the bottom part was drawn with soft strokes, expressing the element of sorrow.
The objects that appear in his drawings are mountains, seas, the sun, birds, trees, and rocks: things we can commonly see in nature. However, the way those objects are illustrated on his canvas is not ordinary at all. The reason is that Jung is not restricted by institutionalized education or by a sensory experience that is limited to the physical body and external stimuli, but he freely receives various ideas through communing with the Divine.
In addition, his artwork is understood as a product of his ceaseless challenge to capture an original image that is beyond the visible scope of human beings. In other words, his artwork represents a mentality that has reached the pinnacle, one that has reached the Divine Being.
Jung is an artist who goes beyond mimicking certain models. He has been freely creating his own world of new art. Yet, there is no disorder to be found within that freedom; the reason being, instead of portraying imperfect human beings or a distorted world caused by mankind’s ignorance and errors, he endeavors to shape his images using the freedom found within the truth and within the ideal world which our Creator governs.
Hegel (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich), a German philosopher, explored this idea saying, “Art that makes people aware of things related to the Divine Being, which is the greatest interest of finite human beings, as a general truth and makes them feel it with their senses is art that accomplishes art’s greatest task.”
Jung’s great masterpieces eliminate the distance between human beings and the Divine and establish the perfect beauty called harmony.
It is difficult to find the application of realism towards beings or objects in his artwork. He infuses dynamic vitality into each object so that even if an object may appear to indicate one thing, he secures it in independent features so that it will not be confined to only one referent. Even in his paintings of a face, you can catch a glimpse of the righteous figure of the Divine Being within a human image made with simple lines, the image of a benevolent Jesus or the image of a vigorous eagle, which all appear to overlap. Through this, we can discover the concept, the Aura of a work of art, that Walter Benjamin had once described.
In his paintings of pine trees as well, while minimizing the usage of combining various techniques as well as the addition of extra details as much as possible, Jung displays unique shapes, such as a pine tree coiling up like a dragon, a pine tree with a brawny appearance, a pine tree standing while firmly rooted to a rock, and a pine tree sitting on the top of a mountain.
In addition, his compositions of various images of palm trees boasting grand and charming appearances, of fruits after having survived the throes of the ocean and the winds of the sea, and of a weak snail defying a stork that is infinitely stronger suggest many significant meanings. In these artworks, Jung’s twists and turns that he went through in his life, his breath of struggle for the beauty of perfection, and his shouts of victory permeate throughout his artwork intact with his guidelines for life.
Also, there is a series of Chinese ink wash drawings that Jung has drawn. On these drawings, Jung paints rocky cliffs that are surrounded by the sea, an evergreen tree that is rooted on one of the rocky cliffs, seagulls flying over in the sky, the crimson sun rising, and people who are racing while riding on a boat on one canvas. Those drawings are his great masterpieces that eliminate the distance between mountains and seas, Heaven and Earth, and God and human beings, and literally actualizes the beauty of perfection called harmony.
In such works of art, the chronological flow of history and the endlessness of time that can change a human being’s life are inherent. Furthermore, the curves of each of his lines drawn with one brushstroke vivify the sense of rhythm found in nature, which increases the musicality of his artwork and amplifies its vitality.
In addition, Jung’s desire to harmonize items of different nature led him to adopt calligraphy as one of the elements of his paintings. This applies when he pictorializes his signature into an object or when he couples his drawings with poetry containing his ideologies. His experimental spirit, which boldly tears down the walls of genre and strives towards aesthetic unity, has given birth to artwork of superiority.
Jung has established God’s majestic world of creation as the target for his paintings and has expressed it wondrously and beautifully using his spiritually keen eyes to see the beauty in the world of the Divine. Above all things, his artwork has the power to move one’s soul. It allows us to face God and opens the pathway for us to search for the purpose of life so that we can gain eternal life. That’s why those who see his artwork respond to his teachings.
As a religious leader, Jung has adopted art. Drawing art that takes responsibility for life is a great task, and living his life in order to reach the pinnacle of art is a tremendously valuable and beautiful task.
His world of art is coherent with this Bible verse: “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) His artwork represents his communion with God and a mentality that has reached its peak, one that has reached God. At this exhibition, we expect to witness the greatest art that has been created through the true unification of religion and art.
This exhibition is interesting due to the fact that you can see the artist’s world of art and the process of its transformation. In the case of Jung’s paintings of a pine tree, Jung said that he completed them by overcoming difficulties even if the environment and the conditions were not favorable and by devoting himself intensely to painting with his soul for art. In addition, for his painting of a rocky cliff, we can see that he tried to change his approach as he studies how to continuously improve.
If you make a group reservation a day before, you can view the exhibit while listening to a detailed explanation of the paintings from one of the staff members of the art museum, who will also act as a guide. Admission is free and exhibition hours are between 10am and 5pm. However, it is closed on Wednesday.
President Jung Myung Seok has been active in his artistic activities by exhibiting his calligraphy and a number of his paintings in this nation as well as in England, France, Germany and Argentina. In 1995, he began his literary career with a publication in the monthly magazine, The Trend of Literature, and became a published poet. His books of poetry, The Woman of Poetry and Speaking through Poetry, which were both published last July, have also become best sellers. Ten of his poems have been registered in The Encyclopedia of Korean Poetry (2011), which covers 100 years of the history of Korean poetry. His biggest works of literature are The Word of Salvation, his sermon collections, The Word of Life, and his proverbs book, Heaven’s Word, My Word.
He has studied the Bible for 50 years, and while continuing to do so, he is serving as the president of Christian Gospel Mission and also the president of the International Cultural Art and Peace Association.
The poet Jung Myung-seok meets “The Woman of Poetry” with “Speaking through Poetry.”
Poems that overflow from poetic inspirations throughout one’s life journey… They move and lead your soul, and allows your soul to cry out
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Recently, Poet Jung Myung Seok’s poetry collections “The Woman of Poetry” and “Speaking through Poetry” became a hot topic by being Kyobo Bookstore’s best sellers. In July when these poetry books were released, the hearts of readers were captured as the books battled for the first and second place among poetry books. These poem collections are part of the author’s series of “Poems of Inspiration,” and were published 17 years after the second edition of the “Poem of Inspiration” in 1996.
Through an extreme heart-wrenching life journey, he meets God and poetry
The third book of the poetry collection, “The Woman of Poetry,” contains the life story of a person who regards the creator God and the savior Holy Son as his Lord and lives serving them. It expresses that the core of human beings is the “heart and soul,” and the core of life is “love.” By communicating deeply with the core and root of all creation – God’s world, deep inspirations produce content which then becomes written in the form of poems. A human being living on this earth who climbed up steep and treacherous cliffs to reach the heavens will experience all kinds of training and pains that lead to the loneliness of life. However, to a poet who has the absolute belief that the invisible God truly exists and is present, these become a longing, a waiting, a meeting, happiness and hope, and overflows from his earnest and brimming love. That was how he could confess saying, “I met ‘The Woman of Poetry’ and wrote down these poems in the midst of the ‘desolate and lonely valley of life.’”
The poet’s prologue writes “Contents from heaven’s secrets are unraveled by poets, who use “Poems of Parables” to hide and write down these contents, in order for people to realize God’s time period.” As the poet writes, if one finishes reading the poems but is unable to unravel or realize the things hidden within, then there is no sense of achievement of reading the poems, and it will make the poet feel frustrated. It is hoped that there will be people who can realize through wisdom and understand the poet’s deep heart, thus discern the time period, redress grievances and ride on the times. The poet longs for such people of wisdom to appear.
Poetry is like a fruit that conceals a person’s life, a life of painstakingly loving God and making his soul complete. After the life has ripened, poetry reveals the poet’s completed soul, and presents his life unwaveringly. This poem collection comprises four major works: “The path of the cross,” “Poetry is flowing,” “Please go and love,” “God’s hands are pierced.” These let people realize the noble laws of life, including happiness in the midst of rainstorms, a masterpiece after struggles, sweetness after bitterness, and resurrection after sacrifice etc., and leads many souls who resonate with these laws to achieve a beautiful, mysterious and majestic history of recreation.
Another book that was released is the fourth book in the “Poems of Inspiration” series titled “Speaking through Poetry.” It intensely reveals the religious life and the life perspectives of the poet who has studied and preached the Bible for over 50 years. In particular, it recognizes the time of God’s providence and historical time. The works written in 2012 are categorized in four major chapters “Love one other,” “In progress,” “My beloved, please spread this word,” and “Eternal road,” and were made into a poem collection.
Through this collection, the poet poetically depicts the world of pain and joy that he dramatically experienced in life, and the scenes of hell and heaven that his soul witnessed through traversing the spiritual world. Thus, he conveys “if one lives centered on the ever-changing physical body, it will end in meaninglessness and death; if one lives centered on the eternal love that exists in the Almighty, then heaven can be achieved.”
Complemented by uplifting and appealing designs and eye-catching illustrations… the poems becomes more inspiring
Particularly in “Speaking through Poetry”, illustrations were drawn personally by the author who is both a poet and an artist. Just as one can recognize the species of the tree through the fruit it bears, the uplifting and appealing designs are works of art that let people recognize the poet’s sophistication at a glance. A drawing becomes a poem, and makes the poem more inspiring, leading people to the world of even higher realizations.
Just as a poem expresses a secret that cannot be comprehended by simple words, the picture is expressed in simple strokes, but contains the deep things hidden in the poem which form the core. The poet shares, “When you affix an appropriate drawing to the poem, it is like putting condiments onto the food, spreading a similar fragrance; it is also like a pine tree that stands erect on a rock, achieving harmony.” As you can see two works of art with different genres at the same time in one book, it creates more synergy and gives the readers added satisfaction and inspirations.
Jung Myung Seok was born in 1945 in Geumsan County, Jinsan-Myun. After appearing in the monthly “Literary Movement and Trends” in 1995, he published four volumes of “Spiritual Poem.” Ten of his poems were listed in The Encyclopedia of Korean Poetry (2011), which encompasses 100 years of Korean poetry history. In addition to his poetry work, he has been studying the Bible for more than 50 years, has been a regular speaker of the Christian Gospel Mission, and has been consistently written religious books such as “The Word of Salvation,” “The Word of Life,” and the proverbs collection “Heavens Words, My Words” etc. In addition, he exhibited many paintings and calligraphy works both in Korea and other nations (England, France, Germany, Argentina, etc.).
This is a song that Pastor Jung Myung Seok wrote in the midst of immense tribulations. Within this song contains a deep and prayerful conversation with Jesus about true happiness. It is in the eternal Lord that he always find his eternal happiness.
Are you truly happy? Or are you unable to feel happiness because of tremendous hardships in your life?
This is a song of praise that Pastor Jung Myung Seok wrote in the midst of immense tribulations. Within this song contains a deep and prayerful conversation with Jesus about true happiness. It is in the eternal Lord that he always find his eternal happiness. This song has since become a classic in Providence for its reminder to everyone to find true eternal happiness.
So I decided to do something different on a Saturday morning. A daywhere most people would rather spend a minute longeron the bed. I chose to force my clumsybody to wake up while resisting the temptation of going back to sleep..andI decided to cook myself a good breakfast, something which I always enjoyed but too lazy to commit nowadays. Haha
“What should I make today?” I pondered for a second.
Then an inspiration came as it whispers in my heart saying “How about theFrench toast sandwiches that all myfriends used to be crazilyin love with?”
“Great Idea” I exclaimed （自己跟自己对话 hahaha!）
So, I headed over to the nearest 24hour supermarket (Yes it was during the dawn hours when everybody else was asleep) and I got myself the ingredients.
And so I would like to share with you all the the recipeof making this sinful yet ULTRA DELICIOUS sandwich, which is…
This issue needs the public to help solve, because the Government is not able to fully help. It is the hope that the society can work with the Care Home to contribute their part through donations and actions. (Provided by Christian Zheng Lisi)
The highlight of May is always the “Mother’s Day”, which is a significant occasion. On the Labour Day public holiday (May 2), the “Morning Light Youths Voluntary Group” is unlike other youth groups. The group upholds the spirit of the Taiwan Christian Gospel Mission Founder, Pastor Jung Myeong Seok, and spends the day at the “Care Home for the Women and Young” in the Wen Shan region. With realistic actions, the volunteers have become the caring mothers of over 60 stateless children for a day, bringing them joy, laughter and warmth.
During the programme, interactive picture books featuring “You are special” are shared with the children through one-to-one interaction. They have added great warmth to the upcoming Mother’s Day.
On this special morning, the “Morning Light Campus Ministry Voluntary Group” has also garnered the support and help of many caring mothers. They prepared sumptuous and healthy meals for the children in the Home. This is with the hope that they can receive the optimum nutrition from the food for their growth.
The children that the Home has adopted, aged between 0 to 3 years old. They are considered “stateless babies” as either their parents do not have the Taiwanese nationality. Their parents do not have a legal marriage, thus the children are ineligible for a Taiwan citizenship. This has created a big hurdle for the babies as they are not eligible for government subsidies or any medical treatment.
The role of the Care Home for the Women and Young
The Care Home for the Women and Young has since then become the home of refugee for the stateless children and their vulnerable families. There are 1,070 children in China and 30-40 adults who are in need of help. In Taiwan, there are over 300 children, and among them, more than 70 children require milk feeding.
With an average monthly basic living expenses of 7 to 8 million Taiwan New Dollars (about USD221,000 to USD253,000), the income comes mainly from the public donations. However, more financial assistance and resources from the society would be needed. Secretary-General Yang Jie Yu commented, “The Care Home is currently providing assistance to the less fortunate people in the society. They are mainly the AIDS patients who are facing social discrimination and unemployment. Some are foreigners in Taiwan without any nationality status. They face desperation in their life when they encounter legal issues in Taiwan, illnesses or pregnancies. They have no relatives, friends or resources to turn to for help.”
“These are people who need our attention and their issues are something that even the Government is facing its limitations. It is our hope to rally more help from the community to work together with the Care Home, be it to contribute financially or volunteering of time and service.”
The Morning Light Campus Ministry Voluntary Group
As part of the Taiwan Christian Gospel Mission founded by Pastor Jung Myeong Seok, the “Morning Light Campus Ministry Voluntary Group” comprises many youths and students. Some as young as 6 years old or are in the elementary schools, and some are seniors above 60 years old. The group is always actively recruiting talents of different fields and areas, so that they can serve and contribute according to their professional expertise. This aligns to the mission and vision of the Group – to raise and develop the new generation of young people based on their characteristics and individuality.
Since the establishment of the Group, the team has been promoting a series of community programmes. There are tuition class for the high school students, beach cleaning, voluntary work at preschools, charity runs, voluntary work in homes etc. An upcoming charity run will be organised on Jun 25, to raise funds and awareness for the Care Home. It is hoped that more people from the community can come forth to render their help and support. (Written by Song Zhimin)
The english translation and image are released for public use.