August 6, 2018
South Korea Celebrates Fifty Years
From the Superintendent's DESK
This year’s South Korea camp meeting, which ran Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5, marked fifty years since the start of the Apostolic Faith work in South Korea. Bill McKibben, Director of Asia Work, and his wife, Lori, were there to join the celebration as well as Rich Barrett (whose parents founded the South Korea work) and his wife Karen, of Portland, Oregon. Brother Bill sent this report of the camp meeting:
Saints from our six Korean churches gathered in Seoul during this vacation time in Korea to enjoy the blessings of the Lord. Although it was very hot—over one hundred degrees—that did not dampen the sweet spirit we felt. The meetings opened on Thursday evening with much anticipation as this camp meeting would celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Apostolic Faith Church in South Korea.
Music was featured throughout. In each service the small orchestra provided an instrumental prelude, and then we heard music specials from choirs, vocal ensembles, and soloists representing the various branch churches. The congregation also had opportunity to sing from a blend of familiar hymns and choruses.
The testimonies during this year’s camp meeting ranged from historic reminiscing about Harold and Sally Barrett, the founding missionaries of the work, to young people sharing about recent blessings. Brother Rich, the youngest son of the Barretts, was only sixteen when they made their first trip to Korea. He and Sister Karen testified about visiting Korea as a couple in 1971. Since then, they have made several trips, sharing both a love for Korea and the Gospel as his parents did.
Each morning of the camp meeting began with prayer followed by a Bible teaching. One of these brought out the need for us to make preparations for eternal life. Others covered a survey of Psalms 1-3, reminding us that there are two ways to live—God’s way and all others. We also heard that we must embrace Jesus, and God will be our shield and protector.
In the evenings, the sermon themes included the call of Moses, a challenge to have a broken and contrite heart before the Lord, and redemption through Christ.
Between the services, the saints gathered to eat meals together, so great fellowship and joy was often shared not only in the meetings but outside them as well.
On Saturday afternoon, we were thrilled to gather with the saints to celebrate the ordinances of the Lord's Supper and Foot Washing in accordance with the commands of Jesus. Then, in the evening, the service included the installation of Kim Jeong Min (pictured above left), our pastor in Seoul, as the new Korean District Superintendent. The Korean Board of Trustees had ratified his appointment previously, and during the installation service they laid hands on him and prayed, along with the congregation, in acknowledgment of God's call on Brother Kim as the new leader of the Apostolic Faith work in South Korea. Brother Kim preached on Saturday evening as well, and a very sweet prayer meeting followed, going long into the evening.
On Sunday following the morning worship service, the saints concluded the camp meeting by gathering for a formal fiftieth anniversary celebration. It was a time to appreciate the past while also looking forward. Brother Bill was happy to see that the young people seem to have caught a vision for the future work, and asked that we continue to pray for the work in South Korea as they move into the next fifty years as Jesus tarries.