During the first month of my three-month sabbatical, I rested in the University of the Nations, located in Kona, Hawaii. I am currently in the US mainland, preaching the word of God at my sponsoring churches and preparing for meetings with my sponsoring communities and individuals to discuss the newly planned ministry of NGI for coming years. I visited my mother, fighting against gallbladder cancer, in Seattle to spend quality time with her. However, due to my ministry obligations, I regret that I have not spent enough time encouraging and caring for her. Please, keep my mother in your prayer.
The spring semester of 2021 NES (Nehemiah English School), which started in March, successfully finished the session. Approximately 50 students participated in full-time and part-time English courses and a one-on-one mentoring program. On June 4, 2021, NES hosted an inspiring and heart-warming closing ceremony to celebrate the students receiving the certification of completion. Although many students cannot attend to partake in NEC (Nehemiah English Club) due to COVID-19, a small gathering of the students shared the pleasure of fellowship on Friday afternoon.
As NES has completed the Spring Semester, NGI is planning and preparing for various summer programs.This summer, NGI will offer Intensive Summer English School, Nehemiah Youth Discipleship Training Camp, English Vacation Bible School. Since NERC (Nehemiah English Reunification Camp) was canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020, NGI is organizing Discipleship Training Camp for North Korean young adult refugees to be equipped in the word of God. In addition, English Vacation Bible School will provide an exciting and memorable adventure for children and Youth Camp for teenagers.
Nehemiah Summer English School will offer two courses: English Enrichment Course and TOEIC Course. The goal of the summer session is to accommodate efficient teaching to fulfill each student's needs. We are expecting approximately 40 students to enroll in the program to advance in learning English. Therefore, I sincerely request you to support the staff, teachers, and students
by remembering them in your prayers.
Nehemiah Vacation Bible School 🏃
NGI will provide Summer English Vacation Bible School for primary school children in August. While Nehemiah English School primarily instructs teenagers and young adults mainly, NGI will implement a program to reach out to children and North Korean refugee families for the first time.
As most North Korean refugee households do not have Christian faith (After the settlement in South Korea, only 10% of North Korean refugee mothers attend church regularly), it is challenging to share the gospel with their children.
Through Summer English Vacation Bible School, children will be exposed to the gospel, praise songs, and various Christian activities. Also, Christian parenting seminars will be offered to the parents. NGI requests your fervent prayer for Nehemiah English Summer Bible School and your generous support.
🏃 Date: Aug. 3rd (Tuesday) – 6th (Friday)
🏃 Participants: Grade school children and their parents from North Korean refugee households
🏃 Programs: Praise and Worship, Arts & Craft, Games, Activities, Field Trip
🏃Theme: One Way Jesus
1. God Made Me Special
2. Please Forgive Me
3. Jesus, the Way
4. Growing in Christ
5. Field Trip
🏃 Beneficiaries: North Korean refugees age 8 to 13
🏃How many participants: 12 kids and their family (Appx.24-30 total)
Due to the COVID-19, the annual Nehemiah English Reunification Camp (NERC) needs to alter the program to accommodate a spiritual development training program for college students and secondary school students.
The students' goal does not focus on learning the English language alone but on being equipped as a disciple in God's foundational truth, developing their spiritual walk with God, and building an intimate relationship with Him at the end of this program.
Four days of basic spiritual training (Theme: "High Five - Vision") will equip secondary and college students. The participants will experience memorable adventures by listening to the life-changing gospel message, examining Bible Study, encouraging a servant-leadership program, and connecting and networking through various fellowship activities.
The program location will be in Ganghwa Island, the closest island to North Korea in the Northwest region of South Korea. The newly opened Unification Observatory is located in Ganghwa Island.
Ganghwa Island is an island with thousands of years of historical and cultural stories full of various foods. Therefore, students will experience spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects during the camp.
NGI will comply with the government quarantine policies and will plan and prepare accordingly.
🙋Theme: “High Five! - Vision” – Process Toward Achieving Vision
1. High Five to Life Here and Now to Eternity
2. High Five to Vision Discovery
3. High Five to Change Inevitable
4. High Five to Priorities: “First Things First”
5. High Five to Godly Habits
🙋 Date:Aug. 3rd (Tuesday) – 6th (Friday)
🙋Participants:North Korean refugee secondary school students & college students
NES Summer School will provide Christian English education to students preparing for college and current college students desiring to advance their English proficiency.
2021 Summer School aims to enhance students' English skills by providing various English courses at the request of students who aspire to improve their English during summer vacation.
2021 Summer NES (Nehemiah English School) specialize in empowering and rebuilding the lives of North Korean refugees, youth, and young adults, through educating and equipping them in their spiritual life.
The six-week English school offers five weeks of intensive English education and one week of Discipleship Camp.
Nehemiah Summer English School will offer two courses: EnglishEnrichment Course and TOEIC Course
The goal of the summer session is to accommodate efficient teaching to fulfill each student's needs. We are expecting approximately 40 students to enroll in the program to advance in learning English. Therefore, I sincerely request you to support the staff, teachers, and students by remembering them in your prayers.
🙋Theme: Everyday Life With God, the gospel
🙋 Date: June 28th - July 30th(5weeks English School) Mon-Fri 10am-1pm / 2:30pm - 5:30pm
August 3rd (Tue) - 6th (Fri) (1 week of Discipleship Training Camp)
Nehemiah English School will provide English education to the next generation of North Korean refugees in the Fall of 2021
In globalization, children of creative and warm character and global minds who can lead a unified Korea should be trained and fostered. Unfortunately, however, the education system of this land is still attached to the old-fashioned framework of only considering admitting to prestigious colleges.
While the young generation's integrity and the pillar of characters collapse by the schemes of a materialistic and secular worldview, NGI envisions to equip the next generation to experience God personally and develop their God-given talents and gifts to serve and influence the world.
My fervent prayer is that the participants will become faithful disciples of the Lord and be fully committed to the discipleship training program. Your genuine interest and immeasurable support will glorify God and share in rebuilding the North Korean refugees, enabling them to become the leaders of the next unified generation. As all of us strive in this vision, God will anoint us with incredible blessings.
I urge your prayers and financial support and wish you all a healthy summer.