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Elite Korean children’s choir wows crowd of 2,000 at Whitesburg Baptistcomment (0)

February 8, 2007


Bright colors, bright faces and bright voices brought Christianity in South Korea vividly into view for the nearly 2,000 people gathered at Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville, in Madison Baptist Association Jan. 22.
  
That night, more than 40 children from the Far East Broadcasting Co.’s (FEBC) Changwon Children’s Choir of Seoul, South Korea, performed for the crowd as part of their U.S. tour with speaker Billy Kim, FEBC president and pastor emeritus of Suwon Central Baptist Church in Suwon, South Korea. FEBC has eight radio stations that share the gospel, and in 2004, the company was ranked among the top religious broadcasters.
  
The children, ages 7–14, sang a variety of songs in Korean, as well as several in English, including “Oh! Susanna,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Amazing Grace.”
  
“The performance was better than we could have ever imagined,” said Guy Morton, children’s ministry director at Whitesburg Baptist. “The vocalists were some of the best I have ever heard.”
  
Pastor Jimmy Jackson agreed. “I thought it was one of the most encouraging and inspirational presentations I have seen,” he said. “It reminded us of the investment of our country in the Korean people.”
  
The cultural exchange through music and message was as beneficial for the children as it was for those who had the privilege of attending their performance, according to Joyce Clark, a Whitesburg member who coordinated the event.
  
“We were blessed beyond expectation,” she said. “The message and music was so challenging to us.”
  
In his message, Kim proclaimed God’s love and expressed gratitude for the people of the United States who have helped the Korean people for the past 50 years.
  
Clark, a missionary teacher in South Korea from 1957 until 1962, was introduced to Kim and his wife by her mother, who had met them while he was in college in the United States. 
  
Clark was later at Kim’s homecoming to South Korea and watched as his new ministry took off — Suwon Central Baptist grew from a dozen members to a membership that now tops 15,000. 
  
After Clark returned to the United States, she kept in touch with the Kims. 
  
When she learned about the tour coming to Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida, she arranged for the choir to come to Whitesburg.
  
Whitesburg’s 39-member Korean fellowship prepared an authentic Korean meal for the choir before the performance. Families of Whitesburg Christian Academy, the church’s first through ninth grade school, housed the choir members while they were in Huntsville. 
  
For more information, visit http://english.febc.net.

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