9:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013
By Jess Phillips
A GROUP of South Korean theology students have spent a week on a prayer mission in Leominster.
Led by Dr Benjamin Ju Hur, professor of New Testament studies at Asia United Theological University, 18 students made the self-funded trip.
It was their way of saying thank you to the UK for sending many missionaries to Korea in the past.
Susan Morris, a churchgoer at Leominster Baptist Church, said: “They had heard that churches in Britain were struggling and theirs were doing well and they thought that because we had sent so much aid in the past and have a high standard of living it was time for them to say thank you.”
One of the earliest of these missionaries and the first martyr in Korea was Robert Jermain Thomas from Llanover, near Abergavenny, who was killed in 1866 as he stood giving out Bibles on the seashore.
The team slept on the floor in Leominster Baptist Church, praying every morning from 5am for Leominster and the surrounding area.
They also took part in church activities – even a football game – and visits were arranged to Hanover Chapel, Llanover, and to Ackhill Baptist Church near Presteigne.
They also sang hymns in Leominster Priory for visitors as part of the heritage weekend and climbed the church tower to sing and pray from the top.
“They are amazing people and are a mixture of passionate faith and really good scholarship. We found their presence very inspiring and enjoyable.
They also expressed a lot of concern for North Korea with relatives living there in such extreme poverty,” Susan added.
“They were really lovely and we’ll be staying in touch with them via email.”
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