I leave today (Oct 25) to travel to Korea for 12 days. I will be speaking at one of the largest churches in Korea, SaRang (which means “Love”) Church in Seoul. I’ll be teaching all day (7 hours) for two consecutive Saturdays (Oct 28, Nov 4) as a part of a program my seminary is doing with SaRang Church (“Marketplace Missionary Certificate”).
I’m excited, but also a little nervous. If you are the praying sort, I’d appreciate prayers. There are several challenges.
- My teaching will be translated into Korean. I don’t speak Korean, and I have never taught this long in translation.
- There will be 1000 students. I’ve preached to a crowd like this, but never done longer blocks of teaching with anything close to this large of a group.
- I just became dean at my seminary this summer (which is why I haven’t blogged much lately), and I have had a full teaching load in addition to new administrative responsibilities.
- Seoul, as you may know, isn’t very far from North Korea. I will travel to the DMZ on October 31. Hopefully, my president and Kim Jong-un won’t decide to start WW III while I’m there (I’m praying it never happens full stop). Seoul is only 35 miles from the DMZ/border with North Korea.
I’ll be doing other teaching while I’m there (see “Speaking” on my blog). On October 31, I am scheduled to visit the DMZ. I’ll do my best to not start a fight, or look menacing. I’ll post updates on Facebook, and perhaps on my blog.
I look forward to seeing first-hand what God is doing in the land of Korea.