|Korean-American youth explore their ‘kingdom’ roles|
Youth from 15 churches in nine U.S. states attend the 2008 Korean American United Methodist Youth Initiative conference in San Diego. A UMNS photo courtesy of the Korean American United Methodist Youth Initiative.
A UMNS Report
By Prumeh Lee*
July 30, 2008
More than 80 people attended the 2008 conference of the Korean American United Methodist Youth Initiative June 21-25 in San Diego for worship, leadership training and fellowship.
In its eighth year, the event included participants from 15 churches in nine states. The conference is supported through the United Methodist Council on Korean American Ministries and local church donations.
Under the theme “The Kingdom Element,” the gathering asked Korean-American youths to look beyond the themes of previous years that focused on developing individual faith, character and leadership.
Through worship, workshops and small groups, the participants explored what God’s kingdom looks like and their role in that kingdom.
The Rev. Tim Ellington, Chula Vista (Calif.) First United Methodist, led the evening worship sessions and urged the youth to become "world changers" who desire to bring about God’s kingdom on earth.
Participants also attended sessions on topics including urban mission, Methodism: then and now, kingdom worship and leadership training for youth workers.
A strength of the Youth Initiative is the connections developed among participants from all across the United States, including students, college counselors, youth teachers and youth pastors. Often, they discover they are experiencing similar struggles as they serve their Korean-American churches.
IngaYouguy, a sixth-generation Korean Russian college student from Kaliningrad, shared her testimony of the challenges and blessings of being a Christian in Russia.
The event’s leadership team encouraged participants to grow as individuals and to experience God’s kingdom beyond the doors of their local churches.
*Lee is program director, Korean American United Methodist Youth Initiative.
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