Day of Victory service@Yeoju 여주, Seoul

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December 17th, the day when the gates of heaven opened, had finally arrived! We left for Seoul by bus at 7 am, with the rest of 200 over overseas congregation members. It was below zero that morning, brrrrrr.

The journey from Seoul to Yeoju여주 usually takes between 1.5 – 3 hours depending on traffic condition. Since we left really early, traffic was still smooth. We stopped by a R&R for a bio break and some light breakfast. Most stalls were selling rather heavy meals such as kimchijigae, jajangmyun, tonkatsu etc. I couldn’t consume that so early in the morning and went for the lighter items… Dunkin Donuts.

For some reason, Dunkin Donuts are really popular here in Korea. They even have some unique flavours catered for the locals here eg: local bean paste donuts. I played safe. Strawberry cream! It had been YEARS since I had a Dunkin Donut (not a fan of donuts). Gotta say, the donut was much softer and definitely better quality than the ones I bought in KL.

Each donut cost between 1,300 – 3000 won (RM 5 and above). *PHEW*

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It took us about another 1 hour or so and we finally arrived at Yeoju! The cold was no joke. At minus 6 degrees, even my toes started to feel numb. But hey, we were in Yeoju, and I loved every bit of it despite the cold numbing weather. Everyone strolled up the narrow hill to Moriah sanctuary for the special Day of Victory service.

The sky was navy blue, clear as crystal. It was as if, the heart of Father was also clear, bright, and joyous just by looking above.

 

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It was quite an experience being here at winter, since all my past years in Yeoju여주 were during summer time. I’d never imagined having to wrap up with such thick clothes coming to Yeoju여주, nor having an opportunity to sit so near to the stage.

The worship, sermon message, and commentaries by the various pastors and special guests moved my heart greatly and I was reminded so much of Sr Pastor Rev. Abraham Park, from the time I first met him until December 17th, last year watching VOD from The Lord’s Covenant Church’s sanctuary.

Never would I have imagined, ever in my entire life time journey, of coming to know, accept and believe in Lord Jesus Christ. It is absolutely true how a sojourner like father Abraham who lived like “I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day”. Everyday that we are able to breathe, walk, eat, and drink, and to loved and be loved is a blessing by Father. However, there are too many of us who have forgotten about this blessing because we are so immersed in the world we live in today.

I sincerely hope that the Word of Redemptive History will rapidly flow through to all corners of the world, like the living water from the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:10-14

A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

so we may all be restored, and have all fears, grief, tears, sorrow and pain fully wiped away and only be filled with eternal joy and gladness in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Right after the special Day of Victory service, every congregation member walked up the hill to Huisun Garden where our beloved Sr Pastor was laid to rest, and had a special pledge and dedication service there as well.

The view up there was just breathtaking. The bright and sunny skies, with rays of sunlight shining down upon everyone, giving us some warmth. The cold gentle breeze shook the leaves of the trees around, and the sound of insects. Unexplainable peace.

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When the service ended, we walked down the hill to Shalom cafe, where lunch was prepared for all the overseas members. Although I had just eaten my donut not too long ago, the cold winter weather really messed up my digestive system. I was hungry again! Seeing these yummylicious food all laid in front of us, I felt so loved 🙂

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The side veg dishes were so fresh, but the highlight has got to be this sollongtang, filled with so much tender, juicy beef ribs and meat, and the soup… ahhhhhh *hou hou sek ah!* steaming hot broth, touching the frozen lips. Kaboom!

Personally, I really wanted a second bowl, but that would be just too greedy and there were others still coming in for their lunch. This galbitang was by far my best meal in Korea.

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When we got back into the bus, to head to Nogodan church in Mt Jiri지리산 노고단, we were pleasantly surprised by PKJI’s Women Ministry who prepared a foodie welcome gift pack for us. WOW! And I really respect them greatly, as you can feel the women putting in their heart and soul to the overseas family members by seeing how they packed the gift packs.

We got a welcome message on our paperbag!

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And even a nicely wrapped gift pack with tied with a “Merry Christmas” ribbon! Even the contents given were very thoughtful eg: Vitamin C sweets and juices, nuts, granola bars. Healthy food to much along the way, and to keep you healthy through the winter weather.

I believe seeing all these during this trip was also Father’s way to teach us Malaysians in TLCC how we shall serve when guests visit TLCC in the future.

Now, another whopping 4 hours bus ride to Nogodan지리산 노고! Phew. I hope I can sleep through the heated bus ride (they love turning on the heater to 30 degrees inside the vehicles, which can be a little suffocating for us who come from tropical climate countries)

Day 3 : Deuteronomy 32:7 day for TLCC!@Yeoju Summer retreat

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A typical hearty breakfast for the locals here. A hot bowl of seaweed soup to cleanse the bowels and healthy vegetables and fish to complement the steaming bowl of white rice. Such meals surely set the tone for a victorious day ahead!

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All congregation members geared and fired for the Word of God! The Mitzhpah choir and orchestra team were all dressed in white shirts and black pants, ready to present the heavenly, melodious hymns to Father.

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On top of the History of Redemption Series of lectures in Yeoju, this year’s summer retreat also brought in several new initiatives, one of which is the “History of Redemption songs” competition. And overseas branch churches are also allowed to participate!

By Father’s grace, we got a slot in and personally, it was the greatest grace I received from Father. As a church, we dedicated Deuteronomy 32:7 song, an original I had written 3 years back.

“remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations, ask your father he will show you, ask your elder they will tell you”, the founding verse of the History of Redemption Series books written by our beloved Sr Pastor Rev. Abraham Park.

And we got bronze prize! Amen hallelujah!

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We had a short post-celebratory supper with several TLCC members, discard the guilt of calories! Hehehehe. This yoghurt ice cream is really the best one ever! Easily beating Fro and Tutti Fruiti. Accompanying along our yummylicious ice cream were home made cookies given by the Golden Bell sisters. Awesome!

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A great fellowship time with TLCC brothers and sisters, with our beloved TLCC pastor!

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I penned the lyrics down in a letter and gave it as a thanksgiving offering to Sr Pastor 3 years ago in Shalom cafe. Through the books, my heart opened and grew to want to know the Word of God more and more, and I have never read any writings which had so much depth and precision yet communicated in such simple ways.

I was both nervous and happy when I first heard about our participation into this competition and using Deu 32:7 as the offering song. Nervous being that I didn’t want the song to end up as an act of glorifying myself, but happy being that I would have never imagined standing in front of the entire PKJI congregation and offering a song written by me. I prayed a lot for Father’s answers and asked for His help to humble me and that He will receive this song with gladness.

Everyone felt the jitters prior stepping up on stage. We did our individual prayers and our pastor also stood close by giving us his encouragement. As we started to sing, I drew all my focus on Father. When the music started, and the lyrics started flowing in, I felt the immense joy in my heart and also the warmth of His smile and embrace.

To hear Deu 32:7 with my own ears resounding through the entire Moriah sanctuary, and having PKJI congregation members singing along with us, was something I never would have imagined ever happening in my life.

I received the answer of Father gladly received the offering given 3 years ago and He had blessed in return through the song being publicly heard today. It was truly thousand fold blessings from Father, as on top of dedicating this song in Moriah sanctuary, the lyrics were also translated and published in the Champyungan magazine!

Thank You Father 🙂 for everything.