Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Home

Dear friends and family,

We've now been in LA for a little over 24 hours.
Some students were in class at 8:00 a.m. today and some
had the day off. But likely, most of our minds were still in Korea.
We have much processing to do amidst a very busy few weeks.
Your prayers for us as we adjust will be much appreciated.

I think only the days and weeks ahead will reveal what we have really taken away from this trip, but I would not be surprised if all of us came to the same conclusion, that we have been permanently changed. Perhaps: some will be more hospitable, some will be more generous, some will be more adventurous, some will bask in the light of God's love, some will be more eager to share the gospel, some will trust that God provides in all things especially when the circumstances look impossible,  ...or perhaps change in a little or lot of all of those areas and "live rejoicing everyday" (from our song O Happy Day).

I am praising God for doing a marvelous and miraculous work in and with us, not the least of which was zero drama with 35 college singers travelling together for 13 days. We all learned about submission. That is a marvelous and miraculous event in an of itself :) In all seriousness, we have seen God in new ways and been a part of something so far greater than ourselves. What a GREAT and awesome work He did.

Thank you for all of your prayers and interest. We know that we rode on the wings of hundreds, maybe thousands of prayers.

Much love from myself and the Chorale to you all!
Shawna

Friday, May 2, 2014

Seoul Concert with Yoonhakwon Chorale

"The anticipation for the Seoul Concert has been building up all week and we are expecting a full house!" says Mrs. Yuna Park of FEBC. "The music and the testimonies the Chorale have shared with us are like heavenly blessings from above." The Seoul Concert will be very special indeed, because the Biola University Chorale will be joined by the Yoonhakwon Chorale for this event. Please continue to keep everyone in your prayers!

Tomber Su
FEBC-Korea

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Yoonhakwon Chorale in concert at FEBC concert hall previously:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoKSt0qOvng


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Just as your soul prospers

The students and staff were welcomed in Gwangju with joyful hospitality. Everyone was presented with a beautiful scroll with the verse 3 John 2 "Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers."

In addition to the performances, the students have indeed enjoyed some fellowship and refreshment!




Wednesday, April 30, 2014

16 performances later

16 performances later and we are spiritually, musically and relationally richer and stronger than we could have ever imagined. We are marveling at the way God is choosing to make His name known in Korea. And we are marveling at how much we are growing. We have learned so much about hospitality and respect from our hosts. We are learning about God's magnificence and lavish love from the way we are being cared for here. We are learning and seeing first hand that music really does comfort and heal; that music is the universal language; that music can bridge gaps otherwise untouchable. We are learning that God's grace is enough. Miraculously, our bodies are tired, and a number of us sick...but the music and experiences keep getting richer.

We thank God for using us. I thank Him for not only bringing us here to help Korea heal and know Him, but also to change lives amongst ourselves. Students are often telling me that they are experiencing major "ah ha" moments on this trip. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we have fallen in love with the Korean people and their country. They have 37 new prayer warriors! We are excited for the next four days, although already a little sad to think about leaving on Sunday. Please pray specifically for God to continue to sustain our bodies.


Arirang - Korea Today Report


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Amazing Grace - Biola Chorale's Final Performances in Korea

We have been truly overwhelmed by the response in Korea.  There are many more events and concerts to come before everyone returns to the United States. For those of you who have found this blog for the first time looking for information about the concerts, we thank you for your interest and hope very much to see you at one of these remaining performances.
















Wednesday, April 30
Honam Theological University
Supia Girl’s High School
Bethel Community Church

Thursday, May 1
Gwangshin University
Sungil High School
Gwangju Culture & Art Center

Friday, May 2
Korea International Christian School
Soongeui Church

Saturday, May 3
Far East Art Hall at FEBC - Korea

Sunday, May 4
Antioch Church
Heaorum Presbyterian Church

For more information from Far East Broadcasting about these dates, they have given us a link to their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=878132798879968&set=a.195487337144521.58920.195468927146362&type=1&theater






Weep with those who weep


"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep."     

Romans 12:9-15

Please continue to pray for our students, Dr. Shawna Stewart, Dr. Barry Corey, Dr. Billy Kim and the staff of Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) as the week continues. Many more concerts, school visits and activities to come before they return home on Sunday, May 4th. Thank you for your friendship and faith and for journeying with us. 

"It's hard to put into words our experience last night at Jindo. We are humbled to have been invited into their grief. It sounds like much good has come from it even in the smallest of things like the expression of our emotion through tears. We concluded by singing Amazing Grace with the families, us in English, the families in Korean. Soli Deo gloria." Shawna Stewart

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