This trip has largely three categories of meetings: ministry, family and friends.
a) SfK Ministries - Obviously, this was the highest priority. Meetings with Rev. Dongho Kim, chairman of the board of SfK Korea, and with Dr. Wonmin Sohn, COO, took place on several occasions. The progress is somewhat slower than I hoped, but there is nothing much we could do at present.
Dr. Sohn's presentation to Rev. Kim was made for the first time and I would call it progress.
Also, Rev. Kim made it public to raise funding for SfK BAM Fund at BAM Global gathering, obviously with his strong commitment to support. I am deeply grateful.
b) IBA Neo Moravian House business plan panel - IBA represents Internaitonal BAM Alliance. It holds up annual conference that gathers approximately 1,000 attendees every year and advocates BAM to the leadership of churches and mission agencies.
This year, for the first time, IBA sponsored the first Neo Moravian House which represents the first BAM school based on collaboration with mission agencies and churches.
I participated in the panel to hear and give feedback on the business plans that the attendees presented after the 4-week intensive training. The countries represented included China, Malaysia, Morocco, India, Thailand, Guinea Bissau, Turkey, Jordan and Guatemala.
I met a few new people who are like-minded in His Kingdom and I quickly followed up with some. I look forward to witnessing what the Lord has in mind.
|With core members of Neo Moravian House|
c) BAM Global - My participating in this BAM Global gathering (formerly BAM Consultation) is the fourth year in a row. I normally give two or three lectures, while providing coaching individually for some BAMers. This year, I ended up interpreting three times for the main speaker: Dr. Ted Yamamori, in addition to delivering two lectures. He is almost 80, but he is still going strong with various ministries. I would love to have the energy level that he has when I reach his age. The Lord has provided me with several opportunities of meeting like-minded people for His Kingdom. Look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for His own Kingdom.
|Rev. Dongho Kim|
|Children band leading the praise time|
|Mt. Sorak, always beautiful|
|Me interpreting for Dr. Ted Yamamori|
|Me, presenting SfK Ministries|
|Woong Jae Han, a gospel singer|
Also, I visited a ramyun cafe where PPL, a Koran non-profit, is helping those who escaped North Korea to settle down in South Korea to stand alone. With the financial support from Hyundai Motor, PPL is trying to help them turn into entrepreneurs who will run their own cafes. It was greatly encouraging them to thrive with excitement and passion. I really pray that they will succeed. They are missional entrepreneurs.
|With Rev. Dongho Kim and two would-be entrepreneurs|
Heart2Heart group attendees are so responsive to the teaching that I was greatly encouraged. The original SBS group members are pretty stable and consistent now. The new Handong SBS begins humbly with two members, but I trust the Lord will work in their hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit to be powerful witnesses in the world.
|Dr. Yang and his 94-year old father|
|Beautiful people at Marriott breakfast|
a) My own family - After my father passed in January 2016, it was the first time that our family got together over dinner. Most of us also visited our deceased father at Chung Ah Park.
|With my 86-year old mom on KTX to Mokpo|
|With my mom and two sisters after visiting deceased father|
|Minsook and her husband Mr. Oh at their flower shop|
|My mother's sister and her brother with his wife|
c) My cousins - There are several cousins whom I have not met for many decades. It was great occasion to see them. One of them is several years younger than I am, but has seven grand children.
|My cousin, Jongok Lim|
|Uncle's youngest cousin, Changsuk Kim and his wife|
|Uncle's oldest daughter Jihyun and her husband|
|Uncle's third daughter Jayoung and her husband.|
My uncle has another daughter Soohyun, but I did not catch a moment to take her photo. She is unmarried.
a) High school friends - When I was in high school, we had two groups of friends: one in six friends and the other in 12 friends. I had a gathering with six friends in Gwangju. This gathering was right after one of them retired from his teaching career as principal. The reunion with him (Kim, Hyung Suk) was almost 43 years after the last time we saw each other. It was a joyous reunion. We missed Youngsik who could not make it because he lives in Calgary in Canada.
|Youngsoo, Gilyong, Hyungsuk and Myungkyu|
|With Joonhan... There also were Changho and ChulEui|
c) Beloved other friends - I also had fellowship with other friends, such as Young Jun Kim, Professor Moon, Newspaper Editor Do Woon Lee and diplomat Heon Lee.
Overall, my schedule in Korea was packed, but I was grateful to finish up the trip without any major incident or losing health. - Jeffrey