Hello, KNU International English Church! It's me, Joy. I want to say a great big thank you to you for welcoming my husband and I so well that we feel like we will always have a home with you.
I want to thank Pastor Josh for the first invite to church back in 2009. I had jut arrived in Korea and was attending an all Korean service on the 13 bus route. I thought about my life in college and thought that a service full of Americans was not for me. So, I declined that first invitation.
The second request to join the KNU service was from my then boyfriend, now husband Richard, in 2010. I told him that I did not want o be around that many Americans. I regret this because there are many beautiful Americans, not like the ones I met in college. And, Many many lovely Koreans in our church.
The third and final invitation I got to church was from Mrs. Kim Taeran, in 2011. She was my co teacher, friend and mentor/mom. I really felt good about being invited by a Korean person. So, I thought, " maybe, there are Korean people there, too."
I really enjoyed my time singing with the praise team, listening to the sermons and taking notes as secretary of the advisory council. My main regret and deepest embarressment is that I did not come when I first arrived in 2009. I missed so much time with you all. I hope we return to you, soon. But, I have a feeling that it won't be for some years, yet.
I love you. And, hope to see you again.
Joy, Richard's wife