By Sharon Mager

COLUMBIA, Md.—The Maryland/Delaware Korean Baptist Association (MDKBA) hosted an “Appreciation Day for BCM/D” on April 17, sharing a message about unity, presenting a plaque to Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) Executive Director Kevin Smith and to Korean staff leaders who have worked with the BCM/D over the years. They also recognized Church Planter Samuel Cho’s 80th birthday with prayer, recognition and a birthday cake. The MDKBA also prepared a lunch for the BCM/D staff and Korean pastors to enjoy together.

Seok Won Moon, senior pastor of True Light Korean Baptist Church, and secretary of the MDKBA, served as officiant. He welcomed guests and thanked BCM/D staff for their ministry introducing BCM/D Church Planting Catalyst Rolando Castro who led in prayer.

Castro, responding to Yoon, said,” We exist to serve YOU. Thank YOU for your ministry.”

Castro prayed, “Thank you that in your wisdom you didn’t just make one kind of people. You made many. Thank you for letting us celebrate our diversity.”

Byung Nam Yoon, senior pastor of Abundant Life Korean Baptist Church and MDKBA mission committee director, shared a message, referring to Ephesians 4:1-7.

“We are all one body. We have the same spirit. And we have all been called to the same glorious future,” Yoon said.

Yoon said the Holy Spirit binds us together to serve the local churches. “We must be one mind, one body, with one Lord.”

Yoon also acknowledged the Cooperative Program as an opportunity to show that bond. “The Cooperative Program is a means of gathering our forces together,” he said. “Cooperation is a delight before God.”

Hun Moog Lim, president of MDKBA and senior pastor of Life Church, Potomac, presented a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Smith, and former BCM/D Korean church missionaries/catalysts Tae Park, and Jacob Shin. Robert Kim, who did not attend the event, was also recognized with a plaque.

Myong Hwan Choi, pastor of Abundant Ark Church and MDKBA treasurer, presented BCM/D Executive Director Kevin Smith with an offering from the MDKBA for the BCM/D to start and strengthen churches.

Young Yee Choi, vice-president of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America, thanked Smith and the BCM/D staff for their ministry and for the partnership with the MDKBA. He said the greatest strength of Korean churches is that of prayer, praise, mission, and a passion for serving others.

The appreciation ceremony ended with a party for Church Planter Samuel Cho’s 80th birthday, with cake and recognition for his work through the years planting Nepalese and Bhutanese churches locally and his ministry through multiple mission trips to Nepal and Bhutan.

Samuel Cho provided the funds for the appreciation luncheon.

To view photos, visit online on https://flic.kr/s/aHskY7BRHx.