South Korea witnessed its largest-ever mass baptism earlier this month when 4,946 Korean soldiers gathered at the Korea Army Training Center (KATC) in Nonsan for a baptism service and ceremony organized by FEBC Korea in celebration of its 60th anniversary.
Around 40 local Korean church leaders and 22 American Christian leaders and military chaplains, including NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, conducted the baptisms in the center’s swimming pool. Dr. Johnson also delivered a message on baptism before the soldiers went out to be baptized.
“When you become a Christian, your life changes,” Dr. Johnson explained to the soldiers assembled in the Yeonmu-kwan Auditorium for the baptism service. “You’re showing today that you’re dying to an old way of life, and you’re living a new kind of life.”
Also present to baptize the soldiers were Dr. Billy Kim, Chairman of FEBC Korea; Ed Cannon, President & CEO of FEBC USA; and the Rev. Chad Hammond, Director of Asian Affairs at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
“What a wonderful experience it was today to see so many young believers in Christ through the ministry of the military and FEBC Korea,” commented Cannon.
“It was a powerful symbol, like in the Bible, in the book of Acts, on the day of Pentecost. And it’s a sign that God is working in Korea and God is moving in Korea,” noted Dr. Johnson, who said he was honored to be there for the occasion.
During his trip to Korea, Dr. Johnson was able to visit the future site of the KATC's Yeonmu-dae Church, which is expected to be the largest military chapel in the world. He also preached at two local churches and visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that demarcates North Korea from South Korea.
FEBC Korea is holding events throughout its anniversary year. Officially, FEBC Korea marks 60 years on Dec. 23, 2016. Its final anniversary event will be a concert on Dec. 29.
By NRB Staff
Published:August 18 , 2016