Sometimes in the world of missions, the Lord presents ministries you never had the intention of being involved in, yet it’s where He wants you. OC worker Bo Kim never intended to start the non-government organization, Polarity Ministries, in the Philippines, to serve the local impoverished community with Bible studies, tutoring, and physical needs, but it was the Lord’s intention. For Bo, ministry literally knocked on her door.
How Polarity Ministries Began
A Christmastime tradition in the Philippines is for neighborhood children, often squatters, to travel from door to door, sing a carol, and receive money or a treat. Bo’s neighbors told her of this tradition, but when the kids continued to come to her door long after Christmas, Bo knew something needed to be done. Simultaneously, Bo organized a Bible study with a young woman, who came to play with Bo’s youngest daughter, and some other women in the neighborhood. Together the Bible study women decided they needed to invest in these children’s lives beyond handing out money or treats.
“So with two of the other neighborhood ladies, we decided, all agreed, made a pact that we won’t give any biscuits unless (the children) come on Wednesday, 9 o’clock, to Bible study, then they get it,” says Bo. At first a handful of children came, then soon many more. Now about 100 children come to their Wednesday kids’ Bible study.
The women helped out as they could, but they realized they needed an organization to streamline the giving. “Oct. 2012, that was actually when the NGO started, Polarity Ministries started. Officially got the permission from the government, and so the birth of the NGO, that’s the history,” Bo says.
Polarity Ministries Work Today
Currently, Polarity Ministries is involved in many aspects of care. Bo quickly realized the parents of these children, particularly the mothers, needed a Bible study, but they couldn’t travel to Bo’s home. So Bo and the other founders of the NGO travel once a week into a squatter community and hold a women’s Bible study.
“We also started a tutoring program for the kids who are not in school. We tried to send them to school by providing backpacks and slippers and all that, but then we realized that, everyday they would come to us for money for (travel) fare or lunch. They needed more than just the money. They needed more help. They needed parental help to really help them to get ready to go to school,” Bo says. “We thought at least we should have a tutoring program for the kids who are not enrolled in school and do not know how to read and write or add and subtract. Those kids are in the tutoring program.”
In every aspect of the ministry, the women work together. “We all work as a team. Neighborhood ladies working together, in pairs always. At least two people going and on Wednesdays we all go together. We do Bible study together and do ministry together,” Bo says.
Bo and the other women have grown a lot in this process. “I’m not always thrilled to go. There are days that I am so tired. There are days that some of our members aren’t quite up to it, but then when we go we realize that God really loves (the kids). Those kids are so happy to see us. It reminds us that it is God who is really seeking after them,” Bo says.
“It’s been a great experience for us to see God’s heart. It’s not our passion. It’s not our zeal. It’s truly God’s zeal and passion, and his eyes are upon them.”
Although this ministry wasn’t Bo’s intention, the Lord opened her eyes to this need, and she is grateful for the ministry. “I learned that ministry is a gift. This is not something that I envisioned, or planned, or projected before I left (the U.S.). I really think of it as a gift from God, more of an encouragement. We are invited to his ministry. It’s been a really encouraging thing for me.”
Pray for Polarity Ministries
Financial partners are a huge prayer need for Polarity Ministries. Bo expresses a desire for long-term support for these children. She is in continued prayer the Lord will provide for all the needs for the ministry.
Recently, Bo and the other Bible study women took 17 young girls to a seminar to educate them on the risks of sex trafficking (a huge problem in the Philippines), sexual abuse, safe touch, and how to avoid human trafficking. Pray with Bo that the Lord would continue to protect these 17 girls and provide for them, so they are not tempted to seek other means of employment.