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Korean Day Culture, History & Food

Korean Day Culture, History & Food

Middle School students enjoyed making cultural foods and eating them. And they learned Korean history first-hand from nationals. Early USA missionaries arrived in 1885, then the ‘Pyongyang Great Revival’ began in 1907 — thousands trusted Christ!

“A dark period in Korea was under Japan’s rule from 1910-1945. Japanese killed many pastors and Christians, who would not bow to idols,” GIS parent Grace Shim said. “Yet revival grew, driven by missionaries’ commitment to prayer and Bible study.”

GIS Korean Representative Deborah Kim added, “After five years of freedom, Korea was at war June 25, 1950, then split; the North become communist. General MacArthur’s strategy helped the South remain free. Today the two are quite different in politics, economics and freedom. South Korea uses English words for new technologies like ‘TV’ and ‘computer,’ in contrast to the North that refuses.”

Rev. Dr. Sang-Bok David Kim is deeply involved in training evangelists and is retired pastor of Halleluiah Church. He founded Torch Trinity Graduate University (TTGU) in Seoul, with 41 professors and students from 30 countries — the first in Korea to instruct in English.

“TTGU exists to train Christians to proclaim Jesus’ Gospel for salvation. They’ll go into fierce spiritual battles against the powers of darkness, which enslave people under unbearable oppression. They’ll save ‘patients with gun-shot wounds from the battles of life,’” Pastor Kim said.

He was involved with ‘Global Consultation of World Evangelization 1995,’ with 4,200 delegates from 185 countries, seeking to reach 12,000 unreached people groups for Christ. Today’s statistics show South Korea sends out the most foreign missionaries — and Pastor Kim is Grace Shim’s father.