The following is an account of Missionary Kim's ministry:
When Missionary Kim first arrived at Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira as a missionary from South Korea, he was always invited by Indian residents to their villages as a guest every month.
For his trips, he carries along an electric generator, technical equipment to show movies (speakers, mixer, projector, etc.), and other miscellaneous baggages. With a speed boat, Missionary Kim covers a distance starting from Sao Gabriel in 2 days what would normally take 10 days to travel in a canoe. But to get to areas exceptionally far from Sao Gabriel, it would take him an extra day or so to wind up the river due to violent rapids and numerous life-threatening floods near the villages. During these long trips up the river, it is impossible to prepare decent meals so he would usually munch on simple hunger-minimizing snacks.
Along the way, a heap of poisonous insects, incomparable to the amount one would encounter in Sao Gabriel or Rio Negro Seminary, usually pester Missionary Kim with tremendous pain and annoyance. There are several reasons why he makes these tedious and challenging trips every month, such as being expected to lead Revival services, recruitment purposes for Rio Negro Seminary, executing the dental and medical ministry when dentists or doctors are present, and to visit places where the alumni of Rio Negro Seminary minister.
|As methods of evangelism, Missionary Kim would preach, lead Bible study groups, and show movies about Jesus Christ, along with a couple of contemporary films about stories in the Old Testament. Missionary Kim's wife, Woon Seok Kim, along with their children Ji Woon Kim and Susanna Kim (depending on their availability), would together lead the Children Ministry on Sundays. Also, when a team of short-term missionaries journey with them, they would participate in this ministry as well.|
The methods/strategies applied in effectively implementing 4 main goals of the ministry:
Missionary Kim and his attending members were crystal clear from the beginning about their primary purpose: "to expand the Kingdom of God, spread the Word of God, and serve with love the church of the Indian brothers." This universal mission for all Christians was introduced to the natives whenever possible. The Indians always took precaution and were afraid that through Missionary Kim's influence, he would estrange the church and cause division among people. All the more, Missionary Kim stressed the importance and necessity of uniting the Indian Church.
Secondly, to encourage a sense of intimacy, comfort, and conformity, members were expected to live in accordance to customs and manners of the Indians. Meals, for example, offered in Indians villages were common, traditional food including, roasted monkey or alligator, fish soup, an ant dish with a lot of peppers cooked in a large brass bowl, and drinks made from various ingredients mixed in with water excavated from the Rio Negro River.
Meals were usually eaten in a large circle around the campfire with a bowl of soup. They slept in hammocks under leaf roofs made from coconut trees. Every morning and night, they would all go down to the Rio Negro River and take showers with the Indians. And just like their Indian brothers, outside missionaries did their business in the trees.
Missionary Kim and his mission team's main intent was to spread the Word of God for the expansion of His Kingdom, to impart this ministerial purpose to the Indian sisters and brothers, and to physically live with them while testifying this truth. Indian Village Ministry outcome:
By living in conformity to Indian custom and mannerism in love, while sharing and caring for one another, Missionary Kim and his team were able to open the doorway for ministry. Many sisters and brothers repented and dedicated their lives to Christ through the preaching of the Gospel, and by watching movies about Jesus. Patients who received treatment from the medical and dental missionaries altered their original stereotypical, misunderstood views of Missionary Kim. Since then, with cheerful hearts, the natives requested that he and the mission team visit their villages more often.