The Philippine Deaf Christian Community was privileged to be invited by Korean Yewon Church to attend as special guests to the 2009 World Deaf Mission Conference from August 1 – 7, 2009 at Seoul, South Korea.
Rev. Chung Eun-chu, Conference Chairman and Senior Pastor of Yewon Church wants Christ’s light to shine to the deaf all over the world including the Filipino people “where is is with filled the culture of darkness, deaf remnants, deaf lay leaders and deaf businessmen will arise.”
The nineteen-person Philippine Team was led by Pastor Julius Andrada, Deaf Pastor of Capitol City Baptist Church Deaf Ministry (CCBCDM) and Deaf Coordinator of CAP College Foundation. She was accompanied by his wife and CAP College Registrar May Andrada, their two children (Jules and Laicca) and their ward Miraluna Onggon.
The CCBC Deaf Ministry was composed of Ptr. Rolando Landicho, Catherine Mailem, Rodante De Torres and Jeremicah Penir. CAP College group includes Harold Viray, Michael Valois, Perseus Rendal, Ylena Kristina Reyes and Ms. Revie Garcia.
MCCID College Team was led by Sir Jojo Esposa who is also the team’s official sign language interpreter. Other members from MCCID include Sir Ervin Reyes, Sir Jerome Marzan, Eleazar Fancubit and Joanna Teves.
The Korean Team was led by Rev. Choi Duck-Keun, Director of the Department of Deaf Ministry, Deaf Asst. Pastor Juwon Chung and Sign language/English Interpreter Ms. Gloria Nayeon Kwon. Ms. Hanna Jang and Mr. Deayeob Kwan provided the English interpretation.
The conference aims to equip the deaf participants to commit themselves for spreading the Good News of God through Jesus Christ and evangelize the world focusing on deaf people. Based on Korean statistics, there are 300,000 Korean Deaf population and around 70 million Deaf people worldwide.
Aside from attending the conference, the Philippine Team were also treated to the beauty of Seoul, Korea. The team visited the Seoul Manmade Stream, National Museum of Korea, Namsan Cable Car and N Seoul Tower.