Synod gladly acceded to the request of Classis Pacific Hanmi to divide and form two separate classes (regional groups of churches). Pacific Hanmi is the Christian Reformed Church’s classis for churches that are primarily Korean-speaking. The classis has grown from 11 churches to more than 50.
The division means there will be two classes focused on ministering to those desiring to work primarily in Korean. Elder Roger Ryu reminded the delegates that 120 years ago the mission was Korea, and today Korea is one of the largest missionary-sending countries.
Ryu expressed the classis’ appreciation for the “prayers, support, teaching, and tears” provided by Rev. David Koll, their advisor, and Rev. Tong Park, formerly the CRC's Korean ministry director.
As they grow, these classes are committed to learn the “CRC mind, or way of doing things” like the rule of council, not just elders. Rhu promised, “We will work hard.”
Korean pastors and elders at synod stood holding hands on the podium as the assembly praised God, praying and singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” in both languages.
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