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Late Missionaries Acknowledged

It was an emotional moment yesterday for Chang Yong Kang, Je-Suk Seo, Jung Yoon Kwon and Eun-Joo Kim as they were presented with plaques and appreciation letters by the Minister
18 Apr 2015 11:37
Late Missionaries Acknowledged

It was an emotional moment yesterday for Chang Yong Kang, Je-Suk Seo, Jung Yoon Kwon and Eun-Joo Kim as they were presented with plaques and appreciation letters by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

Kang and Seo are parents to the late Kyung-Sik Kang while Kwon and Kim to the late Young-Min Kwon; both were former missionaries at Nasikawa Vision College in Sigatoka and tragically lost their lives while out swimming with students from the school on July 10, 1997.

The late students were part of a group of 10 volunteers from Korea’s prestigious Handong Global University (HGU) who were selected to travel to Fiji to teach computer skills to high school students.

Ratu Inoke, while presenting the appreciation plaque to the parents, said Fiji had not forgotten the sacrifices by Kwon and Kang particularly in their love for mission work and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In accepting his plaque, a teary eyed Mr Kang said it was an honor to have his son recognised by the Government of Fiji.

Since the tragic incident in 1997, HGU of which Fiji’s Honorary Consular General (HCG) in Seoul Dr Chang Soon Heung is the president, erected a monument at the university to remember the lives of its former students it considers martyrs.

The monument which can be found at the entrance to the University has been named “The Fiji Memorial Square.”

A similar monument was also unveiled at Nasikawa Vision College last year by Fiji’s Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Filimone Kau and Fiji’s HGC in Seoul, Dr Chang.

The unfortunate incident however has not stopped HGU from sending volunteers to Fiji insisting they have been blessed a thousand fold with the invaluable sacrifices of the late Kang and Kwon who left their humble abode in Korea to assist disadvantaged students in Fiji

According to Dr Chang, the late students displayed the spirit of love, service and sacrifice which are all fundamental values of HGU and are a continual challenge to students, staff and the administration of the university.




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