Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
Story by Sydney Kahle
We have been planted in Pohang City for the majority of our time in South Korea, however we have received a few opportunities to leave Pohang and explore the country a little bit more. We went further south to the city of Busan. Busan is the largest port city and It is the second largest city in South Korea. It is best known for its beaches -Haeundae beach is a very famous destination for Korean’s in the summertime. Unfortunately, we were not able to enjoy this beach, because it was cold outside; however, we did enjoy many other wonderful sites in Busan. We saw the Busan tower, walked the streets of downtown Busan and indulged in the fantastic street food that lined the sidewalks of the outdoor shopping center. On Sunday morning, we attended one of the largest churches in Busan, and had many wonderful meals together.
We were also very fortunate to be able to spend some time with two wonderful pastors from The Joyful Church where we attended while living in Pohang City. They planned our trip to Busan and took us to ride in the Cable cars over the ocean to a small hiking trail that overlooked the city of Busan: it was breathtaking! They introduced us to our first traditional Korean style breakfast which consisted of rice, a traditional beef and noodle soup, and Kim-chi, of course!
To finish the weekend, they took us to an extravagant coffee shop that overlooked the ocean and we sat and fellowshipped while drinking our coffee, and reflected on our time together. The reflection time was meaningful because it caused us to look inward, and to examine the true motive of our servant leadership approach to ministry. We also heard from the pastors about how our work has impacted the church and the community. It was truly a wonderful trip and we loved spending quality time with the Pastors, and to get to know them deeper. Ministry is not only what you do for church members, but it includes meeting family needs, community outreach, and in this case, encouragement to hard working pastors who serve selflessly. After all, the people we meet are what it’s all about.