Monday, April 28, 2014

A message of hope

We are staying in Mokpo and just visited Paengmok Dock (near Jindo). This is where the relief effort of the ferry recovery and search and rescue is based. Yesterday, Sunday, Dr. Billy Kim announced that President Corey accompanied by the Chorale will would go visit this place. This announcement was met with opposition, since it is such a tender situation. To have foreigners go into this intense area of grieving family members could be viewed as extremely offensive.

We rode in a bus for three hours with President Corey and were able to have devotion, prayer time, and preparation for the severity of the environment we were about to visit. We went and visited the Christians who were there, either because they are there to support, pray for their loved ones to be found, or mourn their loved one's death. Paul Chang got to translate a prayer from Dr. Barry Corey for those in attendance. The Chorale sang Psalm 23 in Korean, and The King's Men sang a tender arrangement of I'll Fly Away. We then heard a sermon from a local pastor to the family members, and we were able to sing Amazing Grace and the Doxology alongside these dear people. The Holy Spirit was so present in this tent while the rain was falling down. After the Doxology many people came up to us and thanked us for "giving them hope." God is moving in powerful ways!




7 comments:

  1. oh my..... how the tears are streaming to hear the stories & see the pictures!! OUR GOD IS TOOOOO WONDROUS!!! To think He would take the BIOLA family to South Korea to minister HOPE & GRACE is just soooo humbling & stunning!! We are praying, praising & giving thanks!!

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  2. I graduated from biola long time ago. Koreans are really impressed with the service and searching for the words, "biola university" "amazing grace" in a famous korean website, daum.net. Yes, we need to be healed. Pray for the family, please. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to send a note of encouragement and support. We are praying for you as you continue to grieve. May you be an instrument of hope and encouragement to others in the months and years to come. The Lord be with you in this!

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  3. Hello, I am a Korean living in the US and came across articles of your singing through the Korean media and wanted to thank you. You are probably not able to understand the many comments that accompany the news articles but so many Koreans were touched by your incredible compassion and empathy. I imagined your choir and the many Koreans there singing Amazing Grace together.. in different language but yet united in sorrow for what happened out in that ocean two weeks ago. I know that God was with everyone there, will continue to be with the families as many begin the real struggle of accepting their loss and healing. I suspect Korea will always have a place in your heart due to your connection to the disaster... May God bless all of you and bless you through the rest of your trip there.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to write and encourage us. Please continue to pray as the students will be in South Korea until May 4th. It is such a tender time. The Lord is near!

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  4. Way to go Biola! Although it was not planned this way, I do believe that the Lord sent you all at the exact right time to give this message of hope to all those who are grieving and stricken with pain. Thank you so much Dr. Corey, Angela, the whole Biola Chorale for making a huge difference in the lives of these people. Will keep praying for you all for a safe journey home and for the big even happening on Saturday. Blessings!

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