From January 5 -18th, I (Seth) and the rest of the Alaso staff had the amazing privilege to visit the nation of South Korea! It was such a cool opportunity to experience a new culture and watch God move in the lives of some really awesome kids!
The reason that we travelled halfway across the world was to run a discipleship style camp for a group of 100 Koreans from ages 9 – 18. The difference in this camp was that we were not only doing normal discipleship teachings but we were also teaching English! This was a new experience for us and another way for us to watch God work in the hearts of these amazing kids. We also each got to lead a small group! So it wasn’t just about them getting an English education but also interacting with us and talking about all kinds of different topics. My small group especially liked to talk about American culture and movies and to tease me about the fact that I couldn’t handle spicy food like they can! It was a lot of fun, but also really good to talk about the things that God was speaking to their hearts.
The last night we were there everyone posed for pictures and said goodbye.
Korean food is so, so good! This is duck soup with all the extras!
I think my favorite part of the whole camp was when we would have Korean worship bands lead us into the presence of God before the night teachings. We danced and jumped around like crazy (You should see Wes dance! ). Many of the kids in the camp were not Christians so the idea of worship was foreign to them. But when the bands began to play worship songs in their language, they would jump around and go crazy with everyone else! They got to experience the presence of God!! What could be better than that?
The other thing that really sticks out in my mind is the ministry times that we had after the teachings! It blew my mind to see the way that these kids responded to the spirit of God! Over 30 of the 100 kids got saved over the course of the 2 weeks!! Go God!!
One personal story was that there was a girl in my small group who got really sick just a few days into the camp. She had to go home early and we prayed and prayed that God would heal her so that she could return. The first day of the second week came, and do you know what happened?? God had totally healed her! She was able to finish the camp with us, but the story gets even better. On the last night I went up to Wes to see how he was doing he told me that he was able to sit with this girl at dinner that night. He had felt led to talk to her about giving her heart to Jesus, and she said that she wanted that very much! She received salvation that night!! So, not only did Jesus heal her physical body, but He healed her spirit as well! Isn’t God good?!
Please pray for the kids that we got to hang out with! They are such an amazing group and they have God’s destiny written on their hearts. Pray that each one will find God in their everyday lives and put what they learned into practice!
This is all the students and staff who worked with the camp!