My Year in Korea

Currently, I’m living in Chuncheon, South Korea for an 11-month volunteer service-learning opportunity through Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT program with the Korea Anabaptist Center. I’m serving as a Resource Staff and Teaching Assistant, which means I primarily:

  • Assist with developing the Kingdom Builders program, which has to do with church-life and theology.
  • Teach English
  • Participate in the ongoing activities of the Center, such as: relationship building, hosting guests, and running workshops.
  • Contribute to developing Anabaptist-related resources and manuals for the Korean context.
  • Update the KAC English website.

What is MCC, SALT, and KAC?

  • MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) is a Christian organization that seeks to meet basic human needs and work towards cultivating peace and justice in the name of Christ.
  • SALT (Serving And Learning Together) is a program run by MCC for young single adults between the ages of 18 and 30 who serve and learn alongside the Church in other cultures.
  • KAC (Korea Anabaptist Center) is MCC’s local partner organization in Chuncheon, South Korea. They work with individuals and churches to actively participate in the mission of God by cultivating biblical discipleship, peace and Christian community, and by developing and providing resources, education, training and relationships in the Anabaptist faith tradition.

Why Korea?

Honestly, I’d be excited to go anywhere and learn about another culture, understand and experience the Gospel through their eyes, and participate in the work the Church is doing Korea in Hangulthere. One thing that drew me to Korea specifically was the opportunity to learn more about Korea’s deep history of turbulence through occupation, war, and development, and how the Christian community is responding. I believe I have a great deal to learn about hope and reconciliation from Christians in this context. Also, Korean food is to die for!

Long Term Goals?

My hope is that a year serving in Korea will be a growing experience for the much larger story of a life doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God. I do not know what I will do after Korea, but I’m certain the challenges and experiences I have will cause me to grow in my ability to learn and serve.

At some point in the future I intended to return to school for international studies, theology, cross-cultural development, or something of that nature. At the present moment my hope is to eventually pursue a vocation that brings together my interests in education, theology, technology, foreign cultures, and simply caring for people. I have absolutely no idea what this looks like, which is why I’m spending a year in another country to try to cultivate a better sense of calling.

If you would like to learn more about how I ended up on this journey check out this post. If you want to receive updates while I’m in Korea you can subscribe to this blog and follow along with me as I embark on this adventure! I’m very excited to share my experiences with you!

Note: The thoughts and content of this blog are solely my personal reflection and opinion, not an official representation of Mennonite Central Committee or the Korea Anabaptist Center.