Gwangju, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Saturday, 19th We were initially booked to help with something similar to a VBS here at the Saesoon but that was cancelled. We decided to head back to our rooms and have a team meeting to discuss the next few days. After our meeting we took some time to start our packing. At around noon we headed into town on one of our last public bus transport rides. We lunched with Pastor Matthew his wife Joytsna, and their baby girls and Paul. All of them hail from the nation of India and were very instrumental in hosting us. The “Behind the Scenes” people if you will. We didn’t see them as much as we would have liked but, we have certainly appreciated all the ground work they helped Tamara lay, for what I would say, has been an incredible outreach. This particular restaurant was an all you can eat buffet which we were all very thankful for. A good mix of Western and Korean which was even better. After eating to our heart’s (Stomachs) content we headed back to the church. We took the walk home which proves to be very useful after our meals here. Packing resumed and showers were had. Tonight we honored our awesome hosts. They were not all able to make it but we had a great time. We treated them to a good Korean dinner (Of course) at a nice restaurant and handed out gifts to each of them. Pastor Ochul, Viviana, Tamara, Mark and little Kaiser. Sunday, 20th Sunday proved to be busy especially in the morning and we were all pretty eager...

Gwangju, Friday 18th

In what wasn’t looking like a very full day at all, it turned into a very eventful day. We had breakfast early again and headed downstairs to have a worship time. The Holy Spirit again went deep in our worship time as each of the Team members were encouraged to press in and finish strong. Tamara arrived after our time and discussed possibilities with David and DaeHun. ┬áPlans were made and we got changed and loaded up on the church bus with our favorite driver Pastor Ochul. He drove us to a Korean restaurant and treated us to lunch. This was courtesy of the Saesoon Community Church in gratitude to us for coming. The last 2 to 3 days have been Korean food heaven, as the Korean people have gone out of their way to treat us to dinner and lunch. Anyone that didn’t know any better might see our last few posts and think, all they did was eat. We were dropped off at the church after lunch and then it was back on the public bus system. We took about 45 minutes to an hour to get to Mudeung and when we got there we walked to MDream and dropped off our thank you gifts. After that we went down town and did a performance in the rain. We had a couple of hours to walk around the city and then it was off to the bridge for our last performance of the day. There were a bunch of kids from MDream and a family from Saesoon. The performance was great and we were rewarded with pizza,...

Gwangju, Thursday 17th

We saw some heavy rain today. We had breakfast bright and early and Megan and her crew of Teira, Rachel, Lydia and Brooke headed to school for an early start. This will be our last stint at Mark Liebenthal’s school that he teaches at. The girls have had a blast and have met so many wonderful people. The rest of us headed into town to shop and do some errands. We have printed off 100 copies of a Team picture and each of us have signed the pictures for Tamara to give to the kids at MDream. We had left overs for lunch and for some of us a nap was in the plan for the afternoon. Megan and her team of girls returned from the school a little exhausted as they did 3 classes back to back. We waited until about 6:00pm to get ready for dinner. We were invited to dinner with members from Ilgok Central Church at a Korean restaurant. The main dish was bulgogi which is a traditional Korean beef dish. Gwangju is renowned for making the best food in the nation and they did not disappoint at this restaurant. The members from the Ilgok Central Church saw a couple of our performances and were so drawn to the life that the Team showed that they decided they wanted us to share at their church on Sunday and subsequently dinner tonight. They are an awesome group of people hungry after the things of...

Gwangju, Wednesday 16th

Today was our day off. We had brunch at 10am and got ready for the day. Tamara came with Kaiser and treated us to Tim Tam slams which we readily agreed to. We headed into downtown Gwangju once again for last, last minute shopping. Some of us namely, Daniel, Tayne and I decided two hours of shopping just wasn’t our cup of tea so we headed back to the church for naps and update catch ups. The rest of the Team finally arrived back at the Church 3 hours later and just chilled for a little bit. We headed in to town again to have dinner. Tonight our Team Leader David treated us to a restaurant that had very little Korean food which I’m guessing is orientation for coming home. I did personally struggle trying to use a fork again after so long but half way through my meal I managed to get the hang of it again. We then left the restaurant and conveniently found a Baskin Robbins for desert. After desert it was home on the bus and an early night. No photo’s of shopping or dinner or desert but I’ll be posting some more real soon!!!...

Gwangju, Tuesday 15th

Breakfast started at 7:00am this morning! Dishes were taken care of and the Team got ready for the day. We all went downstairs for a worship time once again making sure that we took advantage of this time to get our hearts right with God. The end of outreach is upon us and we engage Team members in a debriefing process that helps them download what they have learned during the outreach. David felt that this window in time would suit us best since our schedule for the few days we have left is filling up quickly. During this time David received a phone call from Saesoon Church informing us that they would like us to do a full performance for their elementary class kids. After our debriefing time Megan headed to Mark’s school with Jamie, Rachel, Lydia and Janae. David cooked lunch, we ate and headed to town to do some last minute gift shopping for our loved ones at home. We spent a couple of hours in town and then headed back on the bus. By this time Megan and her small team were back so we got ready for our performance for the elementary children. Things seem to be catching up with us as I noticed we were all TIRED!!! We had a good time none the less and headed back to have dinner that Megan and David prepared. We were on the bus at 5:30pm and were literally whisked off to our final scheduled time with MDream Children’s Home. Even though we were tired we had a blast. Fun and games with the kids was...