The Rev. Park Young Ju, chairperson of East Seoul Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK), shares the story of the scholarship she received from the United Church:

“I was very glad to see you at the 100th General Assembly of PROK. At the moment of exchanging between our two denominations, it reminded me of the scholarship I received from The United Church of Canada in 1989 for my Ph.D. course at Ewha Women’s University…. I give my deep thanks to you.”

The United Church of Canada and the PROK have been in partnership since 1953. The relationship between the two has been a special one, with overseas personnel and gifts such as the scholarship that Park received. In 1989 our gifts for Mission & Service funded scholarships for those who would not otherwise be able to continue their studies, to develop leadership within the PROK.

Park has been ministry personnel of JamSil Jubilee Church since 1999, as well as the only woman chairperson among 25 presbyteries in the PROK.

With the letter, Park enclosed a scholarship gift for the same amount that she received. As we celebrate her gift, we also celebrate how our gifts for Mission & Service support and develop leaders.

We sing thanksgiving for the leadership of the Rev. Park Young Ju and for gifts given in gratitude!

If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!

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