John-Michael Becker

Releasing peace in the kids…

There is a boy at the children’s home I serve at, KB, who has grown up in the home since he was an infant. He was 1 years old when I arrived at the home in 2005. As he has grown older he has been one of the tougher boys at the home, struggling with anger…

Oak Tree Project 2nd Annual Retreat

On the evening of Friday, February 4th, 17 students and 16 mentors gathered together at a home in Seoul (rented via airbnb) for our 2nd annual retreat. The purposes of this retreat are to grow closer with the students, to give them a chance to open up and share and receive prayer, and to have a…

9th Arts and Crafts Camp, 3rd Basketball Camp

On January 16th Jerusalem Ministry held our 3rd annual basketball camp for 6th – 12th grade boys and then from January 17th-19th we held our 9th annual arts and crafts camp for 3rd-6th grade girls. We had 14 boys from two homes participate in the basketball camp and 44 girls from 9 different children’s homes participate…

The Thank You Journal: A Life Changer

In 2010 I really wanted to become a more intentionally loving person. I was already good at showing love to the people I liked, but I was rarely intentional in showing love to those I didn’t know that well. So I made a New Year’s Resolution that year to show intentional love to a specific…

Expectations, Relationships, and True Hope

Ever gone to a movie having really high expectations and then feeling let down at the end of it? Often times the movie wasn’t that bad, it’s just that because of your high expectations the movie had no chance to wow you, no matter how great it may have been. I’ve found it’s best to…

Letting Go of Regret

Being a melancholy, I tend to overthink things and be hard on myself. I used to have a habit of nitpicking my weaknesses and dwelling on any mistakes. I could get into bed exhausted ready to sleep only to find myself suddenly thinking about some mistake or awkward moment and becoming wide awake. The regret from those…

Fighting for Purity

FIGHT for your purity! I know too many marriages and families that have been broken as a result of porn and infidelity. Men who never thought they would ever cheat on their wives ended up doing so because their porn addiction got deeper and deeper and the lust became too strong for them. And there has been…

Discipline vs. Punishment

The contrast between discipline and punishment is just as strong as the contrast between love and fear. Discipline is showing someone what they did was wrong and that they are made to be better. Discipline comes from a heart of love; love that refuses to ignore poor behavior and instead takes the time and effort to make sure the person learns…

Preserving Your Most Precious Book (introducing my wife’s leather by b)

My wife was born with gifted hands. She has a knack for learning different crafts and making beautiful things (see: http://needlesandmouse.blogspot.kr/). She always had a love for leather but only recently was able to take some leather classes. She was a natural and made wallets, a bag, a clutch, and some other neat things. But while she enjoyed making…

Oak Tree Run 2016 Video and Pics

On October 15th we held our annual Oak Tree Run in Seoul, Korea. 550 people registered for our run and we had 35 countries represented among the participants. 100% of the registration fees went to scholarships for Korean orphans through Oak Tree Project (www.oaktreeproject.com). Among the runners were kids from the orphanages, our Oak Tree students…

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