Seoul Stop-Over Part 2

Prior to the Miso Theatre show, we met with Dr. Reverend Hae Sun Kim who has been in Korea for the last 5 years establishing the Scranton Women’s Leadership Center.  Such a privilege to have a typical Korean dinner with Hae Sun and her associate Irene and office manager Julia.  The invitation alone was amazing.  Hae Sun also walked us through a Buddhist temple where we saw the simple beauty and wonder of the area.  Then, we witnessed a fist-fight at a nearby store.. and I thought, “fighting beside the temple grounds….that’s not cool.”.

On Saturday, we rode a tour bus to the DMZ and the freedom train stop.  It was the first time Kathy had ever been to this active site of tunnels created by North Koreans in hopes of attacking the South Koreans and destroying Seoul.  4 tunnels have been discovered and we visited the Third Tunnel.  We were vigilant and kept our passports on us at all times. 
(More photos to follow in the coming weeks)

After the half day tour, we were tired and hungry.  Kathy and Susan did an excellent job navigating the city for us and we were able to eat lunch in a small, local place probably not known for its food, bit it was just the place we needed to reassess our immediate frustration with fatigue and hunger.  Alain, our team leader Jeanie brought us together.  Half of the group went back to the hotel and the other half of us walked briefly through a local market. 

We met at 5 pm on the grounds of Ewha Girl’s School and saw the original classroom where Mrs Scranton started teaching as a missionary in the late 1800s.  An American widow from Ohio traveled to Seoul at the age of 50 after her husband died.  Mrs. Scranton’s legacy is visible in so many places.  (More photos will be added next week).

After a tour of the school, we enjoyed dinner of bibipap and walked to see a Korean theatre production of Nanta.  It’s a mixture of Marx brothers, Gallagher and Stomp… Absolutely hilarious.  I was shocked and thrilled to be chosen as an audience member to go on stage to be part of a skit.  The props were a lot lighter than I thought and of course, they were surprised that I was so tall… 🙂
(More photos to follow)

We returned to our rooms to relax,  prepare for devotions and for church the next morning.

On Sunday morning, we attended the traditional service at the first Methodist church ever built in Seoul.  There must’ve been 500 people in this service alone…and that doesn’t include the full orchestra, and choir consisting of 75 members.  The music was wonderful.  Even though the words were in a different language and not something that I could even pronounce, we sang what we could in English.  The anthems sounded like professional theatre.  We could’ve attended the afternoon service in English, but that would not have been the same. 

We ate gimbap (a traditional Korean wrap) that really “hit the spot”.

Our team leader knows the importance of “re-entry” after a mission trip.  We needed the technology and the coffee shop so that we wouldn’t be bombarded when we return to our own lives in a few hours. 

At 5 a.m. Monday the 17th, we awoke so we could meet the bus that would take us to the airport. 

As I type this, I’m sitting on a plane somewhere over North America with only 4 hours until landing in Atlanta.  This will post after I’ve landed and hopefully have seen my husband. 

Thank you for your readership, your prayers and your positive thoughts for our team during this wonderful mission journey. 


8:10 p.m. Incheon Time (7:10 a.m. Eastern Monday, 9/17)

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Seoul Stop-Over – Part 1

Our stop-over in Seoul was a late addition to the original Ubuntu journey.  Kathy and Susan were both born in Korea and immigrated to the United States long before I was born.

When we arrived, they were so excited to everything they could.  A few hours after we landed, we met with Irene who gave us a tour of Ewha Womans University.  Irene will be the hostess team leader for Ubuntu Korea 2013.  We learned the history and ongoing works of this wonderful United Methodist University.  We stood on the steps of Pfeiffer Hall, named for the benefactors….yes, the same Pfeiffers of Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.

At lunch, we met with long-term missionaries Dwight and Sunny Strawn – both retired and yet working full-time teaching English. We rode a city tour bus and walked to the top of mountain overlooking the city.  (More pictures will be posted after Bobbi, Kathy and I upload our memory cards from our other cameras.)

For a treat in the evening, we saw a Korean theatre production called Miso.  A beautiful production.

Ending the night with devotions, we made pla.s for the next day’s visit to the DMZ.

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