Almost six dozen Korean students and their wives prepared the lunch in honor of the seminary’s annual Korean Student Day. With nearly 300 Korean students enrolled in classes at Southwestern, they and their families make up a substantial part of the seminary family. According to Dongsun Cho, the faculty sponsor for the Korean Student Fellowship, nearly 850 Southwesterners attended the lunch. They ate traditional Korean foods, such as bulgogi, or barbeque, along with rice, Korean noodles and kimchi.
Cho, who serves as assistant professor of historical theology at the seminary, also preached a message from 1 Timothy 2 during a chapel service led by Southwestern’s Korean Student Fellowship. As he began his message, he thanked those who made the event possible, including the North Texas Korean Baptist Association. This association of Korean churches sponsored the meal, underwriting all the expenses of the event. Turning to his passage in 1 Timothy, Cho urged students to be “loud” when it comes to their faith in Christ.
“If you do not share the Gospel, … you have lost your voice,” Cho said. “If you do not share the Gospel with this community, … you are losing your voice. But God appointed you and me as the public criers, the public readers, of the Gospel.”
During the chapel service, doctoral student Jae Woo Kim, who serves as president of the Korean Student Fellowship, read the Scripture passage for the day. Korean students and faculty members also contributed to the service by providing all the musicians for the chapel service, including a praise band and vocalists, as well as a choir that gave a special performance. The seminary community also prayed for Korea, asking that God might bring more Koreans to Himself and that He might strengthen the churches of Korea.