Korean-Texan UT Longhorn
Older sister to Sharon and Deborah; Auntie to Caleb and Joshua
Lived in Thailand for 4 years
Currently attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
More about me..
Has flown a plane.
Enjoys baking (but she says, “I eat to live”).
Been to 8 countries .
Loves watching movies.
Like many Christians, Pastor Esther grew up in a Christian home and church. On one occasion when she was in elementary school, she went to a family retreat and heard the Gospel message. On that day, she believed and gave her life to Christ. Her motivation to be a “good” Christian led her to be involved in many church ministries such as Praise Team and VBS Teacher, and she also did her best to attend church every Sunday, tithe, go to revivals and retreats, and more. Little did she know, it became more and more difficult to see herself as a “sinner” and more and more easy to judge others. When she went to college, God began revealing to her the condition of her heart – that she was a sinner in need of a Savior. It wasn’t new news, but this reminder convicted her to repent and re-commit her life to Christ.
After graduating and entering the working world, Pastor Esther continued to attend her church and be involved with the Praise team and Youth group, but she began growing restless, wondering, “What is the purpose of going to church, retreats, revivals, and Bible studies? Is this what I will be doing until the day I die?” When bringing these questions before God, she came to the conclusion that they ultimately led to God’s heart for the nations; however, discouraged that she did not have a heart for the lost, she asked Him for that heart, and over two years, the desire to take the Gospel to the nations began to grow. Around the same time, her local church, New Life Fellowship, was mobilizing a team to go to Thailand for at least four years to plant house churches.
In July 2011, Pastor Esther arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand with a team to begin the ministry of bringing the Gospel to the Northern Thais. While serving, she learned much about sharing the Gospel cross-culturally. Before she returned to the US in August 2015, she was able to witness the salvation of 4 of her students. Upon seeing their new life in Christ, she suddenly felt inadequate and ill-prepared to teach and disciple these new believers. It is with that burden she returned to the States and is now enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to be better equipped. Her passion to see the youth grow in their walk with Christ has also led her to serve at Forest Community Church.