Korean students provide banquet of worship and food for Southwestern Seminary

The Korean Student Fellowship at Southwestern Seminary treated the entire seminary community to lunch on the lawn Sept. 27.

          The bulgogi, or barbeque party, was organized by Korean students and student wives who cooked and served Korean-barbequed beef, white rice, Korean noodles and kimchi. Nearly 800 seminarians were served, according to Jonathan Kim, the KSF faculty sponsor. In deference to Western tastes, the dishes were mildly spiced. Many guests returned for seconds.

           Expenses for the event were underwritten by The Light Global Mission Church of Vienna, Va., whose pastor, Steven Chang, was on hand to mingle with the crowd.

           Chang’s 8-year-old church of approximately 2,000 members has agreed to sponsor the bulgogi at Southwestern Seminary annually for the next 10 years. The church also sponsors a similar event at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

            “This is one really important area where we can lay down a sustaining foundation for the future by investing in the future leaders of churches,” Chang said of the church’s interest in sponsoring the barbecue.

            The KSF led prayer and music during chapel before the party. The service was designed to welcome new Korean students and wish farewell to those who will be graduating.

           Preaching in chapel was Korean-born Paul K.S. Kim, pastor and founder of Berkland Baptist Churches in California and Massachusetts. Kim is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 2004.

            “People will not follow a leader who does not have confidence in himself,” Kim said.

            Kim encouraged seminary students—especially those called to church planting—to develop strong leadership skills, focus on the Lordship of Jesus Christ and nurture teamwork within the church.

            “A good leader has the ability to instill within his people confidence,” he said.

  But it is not necessary to try to do everything alone.

            “I don’t have all the gifts, but yet the Lord has sent us so many workers,” Kim said.

            Jonathan Kim, who is also associate dean and associate professor of education in The College at Southwestern, said there are 320 Korean nationals and Korean-American students at Southwestern. Forty-five, he said, are enrolled in doctoral studies, 269 are enrolled in master’s degree programs, and six are pursuing bachelor’s degrees.

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