Korean Children’s Choir to Visit Asbury
WILMORE, Ky. — The Korean Children’s Choir, a ministry of the international media ministry Far East Broadcasting Company, will perform at Asbury University at 7 p.m. on April 24 in Hughes Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.
The concert also will feature remarks by Dr. Billy Kim, pastor emeritus of the 15,000-member Central Baptist Church in Suwon, Korea. Kim is chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea and has played an influential role in global evangelism for nearly 40 years. He served as the president of the Baptist World Alliance from 2000 to 2005 and has been recognized for his achievements in broadcasting and diplomatic relations around the world.
“Asbury is honored to host Dr. Kim and the choir,” said Asbury University President Sandra Gray. “I’m sure their visit will be a blessing both spiritually and culturally, and will deepen our rich and long-standing relationship with the people of Korea.”
Members of the children’s choir are selected through a competitive audition process. The children, ranging in ages from 7 to 13, receive training from a voice trainer, choreographer and conductor. The choir has performed a variety of concerts at churches, cultural centers, theme parks, schools and universities throughout Canada, Australia, Saipan, Guam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Southeast Asia and different parts of Europe.
“We hope to express our deep appreciation for the American people for what they have done, both missionaries and those in the military,” Kim said. “The audience will cry, laugh, rejoice and be blessed from these kids’ songs and message. Korea is the second largest missionary sending country in the world, and we hope to encourage the American audience as well as our young people and those hoping to go to the United States for college to consider missions.”
The children’s choir was organized as a ministry of the FEBC in Korea. The Korean Radio Ministry began in 1956 to broadcast the gospel to North Korea, China, Russia and Mongolia where missionaries themselves could not go.
Today, FEBC-Korea broadcasts on 10 local FM stations in Korean and two high-powered AM transmitters proclaiming the gospel in Korean, Chinese, English, Japanese and Russian.
The children also will perform during Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary at 11 a.m. on April 24 and Chapel at Asbury University at 10 a.m. on April 25. For more information, please contact J.B. Crouse at (859) 305-6258.