Sunday, February 23, 2014

Shalom Bible Study (SBS)...

Seonjun, Yeongsup, Jaejoon, Jonghak, Bin, Jihyun, Kristin, Jungwha
Shalom Bible Study (SBS) started five years ago with three KOICA volunteers. KOICA stands for Korea Internal Cooperation Agency, Korean government agency for international cooperation and volunteers.

SBS was not a shepherding ministry but a disciple-making ministry. SBS has focused on strengthening, equipping and empowering Jesus-followers to be effective in loving and serving Jesus, particularly through godly lives that reflect the true light, Jesus Christ.

SBS has since then received and graduated approximately 35 people. Most of them were KOICA volunteers. They came and left SBS as they completed their two-year assignments. Some were residents in Rwanda, including a couple of missionaries. Also there were interns to UOB and several visitors.

What has been encouraging us is that a few of them started SBS Seoul after they went back to Korea using the same material that we have been using in Rwanda.

SBS has studied several topics, including Ephesians, Colossians, Romans, God's Names, Full Armor of God, Acts, Beatitudes, Kingdom of God, Good Steward's Financial Management and Hebrews.

The last study was on the book of Hebrews and the last and 26th session was held on Friday, February 21st, 2014. It also was the last off-line session for SBS because we have decided to go on line as we take a sabbatical leave in 2014.

Jooheum, Jihun and Sangmin, First members
We started with Jooheum, Jihun and Sangmin five years ago and ended with the attendance of Jihyun, Junghwa, Yeongsup, Jonghak, Seonjoon, Bin and Jaejoon. In between there were many others.

SBS has been a tremendous blessing to me and Kristin. The time of fellowship has been edifying and it has helped me greatly grow in the Scriptures through thorough preparation time for the study.

On the last day, SBS members gave us unbelievably precious gifts: contemporary Korean traditional clothes. We could not meet the request to put them on, but I have included their photos here. They are invaluable gifts and we will treasure them dearly. Thank you all!

I have put some photos of SBS history, including the first group, Christmas dinner, special song at St. Etienne Christmas Carol Concert, special song at Agape Church etc. What lovely and unforgettable moments for us! Thank you, Lord, for the blessing we have received through SBS! I pray that all SBS alumni will receive your favor in living their lives as godly as you wanted them to be to be the light of the world reflecting your true light in the dark world! - Jeffrey
Special Song at Agape Church 2012

Hayan Lee Send-off Nov 2013

SBS After finishing Ephesians March 2010

SBS after split into two groups in 2011

Christmas dinner in 2012

SBS July 2013

After the last session in 2012

Christmas Carol at St. Etienne Cathedral Carol Concert

SBS members who were Interns to UOB

Vietnamese wrap dinner Feb 2013

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