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Ao1 International Outreach 2014


Gwangju, Monday 7th

Our day today started with a plan change. We were technically going to have a day-off but it was decided to put it off until tomorrow. This really didn’t affect the Team’s demeanor at all as everything was just taken in stride. We had breakfast, got ready and waited for our hosts DaeHun and Pastor “O”. After loading up on the bus we started our journey to learning more about South Korean history and the significant events that have lead to shaping it’s existence to this present day. Our first stop was the Honam Theological University & Seminary. It is here where 22 Presbyterian Missionaries are buried. Pastor “O” mainly concentrated on three of these missionaries. A German Nurse, Elizabeth Shepping, who studied in America and came to South Korea, was likened to Mother Theresa in India. We were told when she passed away she received one of the biggest funeral processions in the nation. Residents from all around Gwangju city, turned out to honour this Lady. Other notable missionaries were Clement C Owen a Doctor and a Pastor Eugene Bell both from the US. Owen concentrated his efforts on medical needs of the poor. He established a medical clinic center for those that were not able to afford medical services and several schools. It was very sobering to know these people gladly laid down their lives for the sake of the gospel. We were blown away by their obedience to give their lives for the gospel in this nation. Our next stop was lunch along the riverside in a small town called Damyang.  Lunch was delicious. They haven’t... read more

Gwangju, Sunday 6th

Today we performed in two services. We’ve been told that Korean’s can be very competitive. Almost every open space is taken up with a stall or a small shop downtown. At the mall and the market yesterday vendors were constantly vying for our business. At this time every high school and junior high school student is going through exam’s and testing at school so the pressure is immense. Most student’s don’t have spare time for hobbies. When asked what their hobbies are they look puzzled and explain that there is no time for hobbies as they are studying. These students go  to school all day and for most study all night sometimes only getting 3 to 4 hours of sleep at night. We performed at the youth service first. The young people were very responsive and we were received well. The Youth Pastor was encouraged and the testimonies that we shared were right in line with his sermon. He was completely blown away by the passion of the Team especially shining through their eye’s as he made mention of it repeatedly. We were treated with pizza and Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes for lunch. The team had time to interact with the youth group which was special, as we passed time in between services. Our second performance was in the main sanctuary which was their evening service. Both performances were not full programs as they fit us in for a ten minute slot the first service and roughly twenty minutes for the second. Again we were received well and made an impact on the church as a whole. We... read more

Gwangju, Saturday 5th

Today was filled with sights, sounds and smells! We entered into worship this morning with much expectation and anticipation, and we were pleasantly guided individually to our place of identity in Him. An affirmation time ensued between team members, and shifted ultimately toward the incredible and indescribable character of God the Father. This God we serve is nothing short of Amazing and Wonderful and more than we can fathom!!! Prayer for our dear friends the Boggan family followed as well as prayer for our awesome guide Tamara and her family. God took us deep this morning and this was made evident in the teams individual and corporate response. As mentioned earlier, today was adventure day. Yangdong Market was our destination. If you’ve never been to an Asian market, you’re in for a real treat. It will definitely challenge you in the area sight and sound but most definitely smell!!! We are getting this bus system down a lot quicker than expected but you learn quickly when you are packed in small confines. Tamara gave us plenty warning ahead as we took the bus to Yangdong. Before Yangdong, we did stop at U Square for lunch. The boy’s Daniel, Mateo and Tayne decided to play it safe and went to KFC but the rest of us made our way to the food court for more of the delicious Korean cuisine. It was good to have our interpreter  Grace and her daughter Celeste along with us. Yangdong was a good mix of weird and fun at the same time, definitely leaning on the fun side. Geoff got to brush up on... read more

Gwangju Friday 4th

Today was a good day! We had an early start with some worship and took a moment to respond to the Father individually giving Him our offering of gratitude. This team is hungry to see the Father and each member of the team is genuinely responding to Him, which is an awesome thing to be a part of. In worship this morning we took time to also pray and intercede for what was on the Father’s heart for South and North Korea and it proved to be a powerful time. The other day God challenged us through Tamara, when she said “This culture is not new too God, in God’s eye’s it’s normal just like the people” and that was some great insight that has stuck in the teams hearts and minds. After worship we got ready and once again made our way into town. After arranging for our bus cards for travel we enjoyed a special treat. Lunch at a restaurant and a bonafide authentic Korean meal, with juk, kimchi and some other delicacies I can’t spell or even pronounce but it was yummy good. We practiced getting on the bus on our return and using our snazzy bus cards and had about an hour and a half to rest up and get ready for our performance at the park. Our performance drew a little crowd which seemed a little disappointing because we were trying to catch the elementary school kids at 3:30pm. Little did we know that school had let out early, however we did catch the middle schooler’s on their way home. They missed the performance... read more

Gwangju, South Korea

We are a week into outreach and it doesn’t seem fair that all of three days were spent travelling. However we are in good spirits and God is definitely here in Gwangju, South Korea. We spent today in the city of Gwangju getting familiar with buses and a general sense of where we are with regard to the city. Saesoon Community Church is a literal landmark here and can be seen for miles around the city. Something God revealed to us while we were in worship and prayer this morning was that this church was a beacon for this city and nation as a whole and our time here is not a mistake. We have the privilege of worshiping in the highest place of Guangju, South Korea not just over the city but over the whole nation. This church has strong intercession and prayer times for North Korea. They have a huge map of North Korea broken into it’s regions. Each North Korean region has a specific intercession group assigned to it here at the church and they are ready to send people in as soon as the communism stronghold is broken to each region of North Korea. We were put through a test somewhat when the Pastor requested that we rehearse our songs so that he could watch the team and our performance shortly after our arrival. What was most impressive was the fact that our team members rose to the occasion not even blinking an eye due to being severely jet lagged. During the rehearsal a lot of questions were asked, the first being “Are these songs... read more

We are here!

It’s 6am Wednesday morning here at Incheon Airport Seoul Korea! We got in about 8:30pm last night from Tokyo and spent about an hour an a half going through customs. It was good to Tamara Liebenthal at the airport to greet us… After 15 hours of being away from the good ole US of A we finally managed to sit down and have a meal….. at McDonalds !!! Yep, not ashamed in any way. We’ll get stuck into the local stuff soon enough! We spent the night here at the airport and will regather this morning and bus to Guangju hopefully around 8:30am. I know most of your updates have been on the FB page but that will change soon as well. The team is well. Quick funny story, so we get in and one of the kids starts asking, “Are you guys Jet “Legged” yet”??? Apparently, she hasn’t known that the proper term is “Jet Lagged” but no names… Hehehe!!! Missing you guys but so ready for this God adventure!!! We got to sing Happy Birthday to David Tabor in Tokyo yesterday at the... read more


The Team safely arrived around 6pm yesterday afternoon in Denver. There was a short wait before checking in to the hotel yesterday in Aurora due to computers being down. We received an unexpected surprise when we heard Daniel K. Lewko decided to join the team… He promptly met us in Denver after flying in from Montrose with Rick Weaver. This is getting more exciting as we go along! We had dinner at a Denny’s restaurant close by and went back to the hotel. It was an early night for most of us but the excitement and anticipation is building as we get ready to get on our flight today bound for Seoul! A big shout out to Joseph Burns and his mom Linda for driving us over. They will take us to the airport this morning and head home to Montrose! Keep the prayers... read more

Ao1 Outreach Is On!

Ao1 boot camp begins on today, June 16th. We are putting out the invitation to join us every evening for our evening times together. 7 p.m. at Colorado West Christian School Cafeteria. Also we are asking for volunteers who would cook an evening meal for the team and bring it to the School. Ao1 will foot the expense, you would have to prepare a meal for 25. If you are interested call David Tabor to set a date and what your menu plans... read more

Have soap will travel

It’s never too late to jump on board with our summer outreaches. If you feel like you are supposed to join us in South Korea this summer then give us a call or email—we can accommodate. Boot camp is in Colorado giving a little more than a few weeks to get passports and visas squared away before the jet leaves. Grab a bag, a few items of clothes, toothbrush, a bar of soap & that techy device with a bible on it and you are... read more

Join our Evening Bootcamp Sessions

As we get closer to the outreach start dates we will release more info, but for now know you are invited. Where? To our evening dinners or sessions during the bootcamp phase of the outreach. Your RSVP for dinners is important, if you are hungry. During the evening sessions we will have worship, teaching, intercession… and you and your kids are welcome to come even if you are not going on the... 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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