Joy Choi: To Run the Race with Joy

“Drawing the World Together” Advent Blog Series


This is my second year of the MDiv program at Central, and God has blessed me to experience both Central’s English program and Korean program. I also work at the library as a student worker. I only work 12 hours a week but working at the library allows me to meet most of the Central students, including international students from Myanmar and Nigeria who have classes on campus.



I find so many different stories, backgrounds, and characters in those students as I get to know them. We are all international students in this country, but before we came to the US, we all had different and unique life stories. For example, one of us used to work as a professor at a seminary in Myanmar, one of us has been a missionary in Africa, and one of us is still a famous Christian musician in Myanmar.

We are all different in so many ways, but I have found two things we have in common. First, we are living in a foreign land apart from our loved ones. Second, we do this for the glory of our God. I believe that God has clearly called us to study at CBTS for His Kingdom and it is His calling that makes us capable of staying here with hope no matter what difficulties we may experience in this country.

I hear a brother singing, “JOY to the world the Lord has come,” as I work at the library. It is a song a brother from Myanmar sings to make a joke and to say hello to me. We leave so many stories behind, so many heartaches behind, and we keep running the race with JOY until we finally can say, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race!”  With God’s help and the love and guidance we receive from CBTS, I am confident that we will complete the race.


Yonga “Joy” Choi is an MDiv student at Central Seminary in the Korean Program. She is also the student worker in the Shumaker Library. Joy recently began serving as the student representative to the Central Board of Trustees.


Dear Friends of Central, as we observe this joyous season of Advent and then Christmastide, we give thanks that Jesus draws the whole world together. God has called Central to be a place where north and south, east and west, come together as the one Body of Christ to learn how the Gospel takes root in different cultures.

I ask you to give generously as the year-end draws near. Each day I give thanks for your participation in the world-wide mission of Central. — Molly T. Marshall

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