Seungjae Yeon in Culcairn-Henty, December 2012, writes about his experience of rural placement. He’s standing on the left in the photograph below.
Thank you all members of Culcairn-Henty combined congregation, the Riverina presbytery minister Rev. Dr. Gerald Duncan and to the Practice of Ministry Coordinator, Rev. Carolyn Thornley.
The rural ministry placement of four to five weeks provided a paradigm shift moment transiting from a desk that has been comfortable and stable, to challenge and change my personal journey within a Korean congregation and a formation year at UTC.
My learnings have been that the nature of community permeates a local community including local churches, that I experienced a realistic and current ecumenical arrangement and I encountered people in the placement care about the whole of creation.
With a Korean’s emotion (Han) and passion, I broadened my understanding and sympathy for those who have the joys and sorrows, grief, and feeling of isolation and encouraged them through our mutual ministry.
1. “A feeling of unresolved resentment against injustices suffered, a sense of helplessness because of the overwhelming odds against one, a feeling of acute pain in one’s guts and bowels, making the whole body writhe and squirm, and an obstinate urge to take revenge and to right the wrong—all these combined” comes from a Korean theologian, Suh Nam-dong.