It was 17 years ago (1993) that I had a quiet Korean student in my School of Biblical Studies at The King’s Lodge. Working in English was a challenge so Yang Hee audited the SBS the following year in order to review her work and pick up things that might have been lost due to language the first time round.
I remember my surprise about 10 years ago when I receive a simple email from Yang Hee, asking me to come to teach on the SBS which she was leading in Korea. I arrived to find a school of about 45 students (including a number of pastors), eagerly studying the Bible and my ‘quiet’ student from The King’s Lodge showing exceptional confidence and leadership ability. She now leads a team of nine working at the SBS centre in Korea who minister around the nation and are writing Bible study materials for the Korean church.
When I arrived yesterday in Korea, I was picked up from the airport by another King’s Lodge graduate from 2000/01. Ji Wung was not only my student but also worked for three years on our TKL SBS staff.
Over a rather nice meal on the way back from the airport, I asked Ji Wung, now the SBS leader in Korea, the story of how this training has developed there over these past 10 years.·
- There has been an annual nine-month SBS, training between 40-60 students each year.
- For this current school they had to turn away about 30 people, so they are now preparing to run two schools each year.
- They have developed and support two SBSs in Seoul for Business people, running concurrently each year. So far, between 600-700 people have been trained through this program.
- They have developed and support a SBS especially for Pastors (similar to the one for business people).
- They run a Pastors’ Bible seminar three times a year, reaching about 200 pastors at a time.
- They have been instrumental in introducing a week of ‘How to Study the Bible in a Dynamic and Effective Way” into every DTS in Korea.
- They have trained leaders and staff, and support two SBS school in China and Mongolia. Southern Thailand is next on the agenda.
- Ji Wung is now a sought-after speaker throughout Korea, and often ministers in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Japan, Kyrgizstan and soon to the Korean community in Seattle, Washington.
We don’t often get to see the results that unfold after our students leave The King’s Lodge. Clearly they are gifted, committed and anointed people and it is our privilege to be a part of their growth. It is a huge encouragement for us to get a glimpse of some of this fruit 17 years on. As partners who have prayed and given and shared your lives with us, please join us in celebrating!
I begin teaching the wonderful book of Romans tomorrow (Monday), to a class with 58 students and a staff of 22.