From the Pastor’s Desk
With just two and a half weeks until Christmas (sorry for reminding you) you are likely in the midst of all the planning and activity for the season. Surely no time of year has such predictable rhythms and traditions associated with it. We plan office parties and our holiday visiting schedule, we bake the time-honoured family favourites, hear all the traditional carols many times over, decorate the home, put off our shopping, and pull out that ugly Christmas sweater again.
In 1866, a Welsh missionary with the London Missionary Society named Robert Jermain Thomas departed China with the objective to provide bibles to the Korean peninsula. At this time the Chinese and Korean languages shared some characters such that educated Koreans could read Chinese bibles. According to a personal diary entry Thomas learned enough Korean to share “some of the most precious truths of the Gospel.”