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“School of Valuable Life” Instructors’ Workshop
April 29, 2019

 The women’s ministries department of the Korean Union Conference (KUC) held a workshop for instructors of the “School of Valuable Life” from February 19 to 21, 2019, at the KUC auditorium. This program was set up in 2017 to nurture middle-aged female missionaries and to enable them to support local church ministries through small group activities and personal ministries. This year, around 60 people gathered from all over the country to attend the instructors’ workshop, entitled “Rules of Relationship.”

“As God has created us and redeems us, He is also the one who can transform us from clay to a masterpiece. Let us leave our lives in God’s hands through prayer,” said Ahn JaeSoon, KUC women’s ministries director, during her welcome remarks.

A series of classes gave participants the opportunity to look at themselves and to learn several rules of relationships. In the “Having a Positive Self-image” class, participants first began with an icebreaker. Then, they had the time to reflect on how valuable they are in the love of God. In the second class, entitled “Overcoming Criticism,” participants learned not only how to deal with criticism but, more importantly, how not to criticize others, with the help of Christian wisdom. The class “Rules of Forgiveness” focused on God’s way of forgiveness and His power of healing and recovering people. In the last class “Rules of Conversation,” participants were trained on Christian ways to make conversations, which will lead them to healthy relationships with other people. 

Although the participants were “students” at the workshop, at the same time, they were training to be “instructors” of the School of Valuable Life in their local churches. They not only participated in the classes enthusiastically, but they also tried to learn how instructors manage and lead classes. After each class, they provided feedback and discussed what they need to be aware of when they hold a class in a local church. On the last day of the workshop, participants divided into groups and had an opportunity to lead a class and teach their group members.

“The priority goal of this workshop is that each participant finds a way to develop healthy relationships with God and other people,” said Mrs. Ahn. She pointed out that most of the problems at home, in church, and in the community originate from relationships.

Many participants gave positive feedback, saying, “This workshop taught me the way to come to Jesus. I want to live a valuable life without any interruptions from negative self-image, criticism, or unhealthy relationships.”