Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trip to Korea (July/August 2017)...

I had a privilege to travel to Korea.

This time, I stayed at my mother's house in Osan. It is a bit inconvenient due to a distance, but it is good for me to spent time with my 87-year old mom. I wanted to lessen her burden by not eating lunch or dinner at home, but she served main meal for breakfast.

I had an opportunity to share the Word with the PK's whom Pastor Alex Hong is ministering. The theme was Christian in the World. I shared the Word and a little bit of my testimony. I prayed that they will find hope and rest only in the Lord and produce excellence as well as integrity in what they do wherever they are.

I participated in the first board meeting of SfK Korea on August 3. The meeting went well. Three board members agreed to inject Won10 million each so that SfK Korea may be considered a Korean company rather than a foreign company. Rev. Dongho Kim, Elder Chan Jung Kim and Prof. Wonmin Son all agreed to inject the capital. Praise the Lord!

Also, the board resolved to close the current subscription to the first BAM Fund by September 30, no matter what the amount may be. So that we may explore the possibility by investing the fund before we seek additional fund for the BAM Fund II.  More paperwork needs to be done, but we are very close to wrapping up the deal.

I got together with my family, without Mintae. I am not sure what is eating him up, but he has disconnected all relationship to us, our family. I pray that he will be faithful to the Lord no matter what his circumstances are. On another day, we also visited Chung Ah Park where my father's remains are bestowed. I was grateful that he has lived his life to bring us up to the point of independence and further interdependence.

By the way, the Korean government recognized my mother's physical strength as the first class in this certificate signed by the Minister of Culture and Sports. Wow... I was impressed. I believe her attitude of being positive and optimistic is responsible for her health. Thank God for her good health!

I met up with ministry partners or potential partners. They included Rev. Sunki Bang, Rev. Jaechul Jung, Pastor Chang Sun Moon, Min-Young Jung, Hana Lee, Soonjib Baik, Alex Hong, TaeSoo Kim, HyeSung Shin, Seung Won Lee, Rev. Dong Jin Kang. They all are precious people for whom I am deeply grateful to God.

I also spent time meeting up with friends. Agape Club friends, college friends, high school friends, H2H friends, SBS Rwanda friends, Jiyoon Shin. Friends are always wonderful to hang out with.

Whenever I travel to Korea, my main transportation is public transportation: bus and subway. Riding subway gives me a lot of benefits, such as punctuality, predictability, affordability, walking opportunity etc. Another benefit is reading poems posted at almost all stations. Here are some:

I was grateful that I had a chance to travel and also that I came back without being sick this time. It is a wonderful blessing. - Jeffrey

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