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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... read more

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.  Plans 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,... read more

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... read more

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!!!... read more

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... read more

Gwangju, Monday 14th

The Team was split up a little today. Teira and Mateo went with Tamara to do a kindergarten class and Megan took Anna Renn, Brittany, and Katelyn to Mark Liebenthal’s English class. The rest of us got the opportunity to hike up Mudeung Mountain which is the highest mountain peak that looks right over the city of Gwangju. Pastor Ochul and DaeHyun took David, Curtis and the rest of the team up to the mountain. David and Curtis could only manage halfway but the rest of us were eager. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the top which had a two story lookout tower. It was a little hazy but that did not stop us from and awesome prayer time over the city of Gwangju and the nation of South Korea. We also prayed over Pastor Ochul and DaeHyun. Some of the things God showed us to pray for were for this generation of South Korean’s to rise up and take their rightful place in the Church. South Korea in the twenty plus years has sent more missionaries into world missions than any other nation. We also prayed for Godly families and their role in the Church, and that the Church would not bow to a religious spirit. We headed back down to where David and Curtis were, got in our respective vehicles and were taken back to the church. Megan and her crew were back from their slide show presentation at Mark’s class. That seemed to have gone well as Megan and the girls recounted their stories for us. For the rest of us it... read more

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

As you can see I am behind on my updates which is not unusual, we just got busy over the weekend, so I will attempt to review the last three days: Friday, July 11th Friday did not have a lot going schedule wise. One thing we like to do when we don’t have a schedule that’s busy is go before the Lord and see where He would have us. After breakfast, the Team headed down to the dining room for some worship and intercession. Tamara suggested that maybe we should do a prayer walk at Chonnam University where our very own Dr. Lee in Montrose studied. After the prayer walk the Team headed back to Saesoon Community Church changed into blue shirts and denim shorts and headed to Central Park in downtown Gwangju. This performance was full of spirit as the Team seemed energized by their prayer walk. We caught some people returning home from work as well as a few families. A Deacon was there at the invitation of Grace and he invited us to have dinner with him this Thursday at the Central Church and a performance on Sunday. Saturday, July 12th Saturday was mostly spent eating. I say that in jest as the South Korean’s love language is definitely food. After breakfast we changed into our blues and denims once again and headed to the museum. We met some missionaries from the US and they joined us for a snack time. Kim bap that was brought in by Tamara. This was around 11:30am. After eating we set up the sound in front of the museum and... read more

Gwangju, Thursday 10th

MDream Children’s Home was our destination this morning. This children’s home was established in 1920 by Director Kong’s great Grandfather. It has been in his family for four generations. Kong and his family are truly amazing people. For those of you that may remember, SRFM sent a donation to this organization for their Christmas program last year. Our time this morning at MDream was refreshing. We didn’t get to interact with a lot of kids but we did have the opportunity to help put crafts together for them. Courtney the lady that coordinates the projects put us to work immediately and it took us all morning to get everything done. Needless to say it was a lot of fun. Autumn, Kong’s wife and their baby girl Karen came and helped as well. After getting things done we went to lunch and experienced a feast. I’m not sure if you’re getting the idea or not back home but we are loving the food here in South Korea. We had the awesome privilege of meeting Kong’s sister, mom and dad and some of their awesome staff. We headed back to the church and everyone bar maybe a few hit their pillows for some much needed R & R. We were up at 3:30pm dressed and ready for our performance at Ilgok Park. We got there at 4:30pm but realized that our sound wasn’t recharged. So Curtis and Daniel faithfully went back to the church to get the sound charged. Again we were blessed by Viviana’s hospitality as she bought dinner for us once again. We enjoyed a Korean delicacy called kimbap.... read more

Gwangju, Wednesday, 9th

Normally on outreach around this time thing’s start to become routine. The Father, however always has other plans and requires us to press in a little harder. The outreach here in South Korea is preparation for the next outreach that actually starts, the day we return home. The last three and a half weeks have been culture shock from day one of bootcamp up until now, and the remainder of the outreach actually sets in to motion a lifestyle that is lived according to God’s word and the prompting of the Holy Spirit. The culture shock spoken of is the individual’s culture not just their American culture or wherever they are from or the youth culture they have been immersed in. It says that we are to be “…transformed by the renewing of our minds…” and that is what this time is for. The bootcamp schedule caters for this in that for the whole day each young person is not sitting idle at any one moment aside from having quality time with God. When on outreach each member of the team is required to maintain their individual times with God so that they get their hearts right and in turn listen and obey His word. This morning during worship the Father through the provocation of His Spirit challenged us in the area of our unity. It is such a relief when God takes control because His grace covers each of us. There were no major offenses between team members but God wanted our hearts and minds staid on Him and His purposes. We were blessed to also have Grace our... read more

Gwangju, Tuesday 8th

Today was very laid back. We had breakfast at 8:ooam and just relaxed for most of the morning. At around 11am Tamara and Kaiser came and we all walked to the zoo. One of our Team members posted on her Facebook page that walking was our new hobby. We have walked a lot on this outreach and it doesn’t look to be letting up anytime soon. The zoo was a little depressing as the animals haven’t been taken care of very well, but we did enjoy our time there. I want to make mention how well we have been looked after over here in South Korea. We have the most hospitable hosts. Today, we were scheduled to have lunch with Tamara’s prayer group but things fell through last minute so we were going to get a bite to eat at the zoo. Vivianna, one of the ladies here at the church on Tamara’s team found out and bought us lunch and brought it to the zoo and ate with us. Tamara’s team here in South Korea is amazing and constantly brood over us making sure that we have everything we need. When we arrived in Gwangju last week and hopped off the bus they knew each of us by name. DaeHun, Vivianna, Grace, Celeste and Pastor “O” serve us so very well, and we’re very thankful for each of them. Posted below is the remainder of our schedule so that you can know what we’re up to and pray in advance for the upcoming ministry times: Weds, July 9th: 10am Mudong Library Park Performance/ Library read with Tamara Thurs,... read more

Scenes from the Past

Kids Dancing
Ao1 Work Duties
Group Photo
Group Photo
Washing Clothes
Bootcamp Fishing Break
Late Night Performance
Outdoor Worship

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