Korean Children’s Choir and Dr. Kim charm CSU
The FEBC-Korea, Gwangju Children’s Choir and Dr. Billy (Jang Hwan) Kim captured CSU’s heart at Chapel Jan. 16.
The children’s choir sang and danced their way through Christian songs and popular folk songs and sang “It Is Well with My Soul” in Korean. Students were delighted when the choir came into the audience to pass out hugs and gave the choir several standing ovations.
Kim, a world-renowned evangelist and broadcaster who has been referred to as the Billy Graham of South Korea, said “God commissioned us to evangelize the world not to Westernize the world.” He said Jesus spoke of the world evangelization and world mission at least five times in Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47, John 20:21 and Acts 1:8.
He told students they have a responsibility to our world, and they need to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations.
Kim is pastor emeritus of Suwon Central Baptist Church which began with 12 people in attendance and grew to more than 15,000 members when he retired after 45 year as pastor.
He also serves as chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company–Korea. In 1956, the radio ministry began to broadcast the gospel message to North Korea, China, Russia and Mongolia where missionaries themselves could not go. Today, FEBC-Korea broadcasts on two high-powered AM transmitters proclaiming the Gospel in Korean, Chinese, English, Japanese and Russian.
The Children’s Choir was organized as a ministry of the Far East Broadcasting Company, and their performances include colorful costumes and traditional Korean dance. Choir members, ranging in age from 7 to 13, are selected through a rigorous audition process and receive training in voice and choreography.