Angelo Luis I lived in Korea for six months studying theology at Methodist Theological University in Seoul. Living, praying, and studying in South Korea was an amazing experience. I was part of an international cohort of students that came from the Philippines, Kenya, Fiji, Myanmar, and Ghana. During the week, we woke up before dawn to pray, sing, read Scripture, and share testimonies. We attended classes and ate meals together. We close out the day with prayer and fellowship. Occasionally, we stayed up late and ordered fried chicken.

I was also an intern at Sunlin Methodist Church. I rode the train and bus on Saturdays from Seoul to Incheon. As I was planning and preparing for the children’s worship service, there was always a hearty meal cooked by a group of dedicated ladies. Sunday was fast and fun. Every minute was cherished because it was filled with singing, eating, conversing, and praying.

Children's worship at Sunlin Methodist Church (Right: Angelo).With telling Biblical stories, playing games, and creating crafts with the children, I was having fun and getting tired. I rode on the train to my dorm exhausted and pleased. I was practicing ministry and I was reaping the rewards. My work was meaningful, renewing my commitment and confidence in the Lord.

My Korean friends showed great hospitality. They were generous with their time, possessions, and home.  They fed me extravagantly. I was even invited to a funeral. They fully embraced me as guest and I hope that I can emulate it in America. And although, we had difficulty expressing ourselves, we recognized that we shared a love for neighbor and God. I am part Korean today because Korea has imparted so much to me.    

Angelo (fifth from left) and young adults of Sunlin Methodist.In Korea, everything and everyone was in community. We shared food. We prayed for each other at the same time. We shared our thoughts on Scripture and sang songs that represented our heritage and traditions. We served the poor together. Everything was done together. Even though we had disagreements, we recognized that we loved God more, and that we were all equally striving to live out our callings as Christians.