Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Refl3ctions photo in New York Times

The Refl3ctions prayer and worship event on Friday night exceeded just about everyone's expectations. Between 750 and 1,000 teens from Korean, Chinese, and Spanish language churches gathered at Korean Presbyterian Church in Flushing in a sea of multi-ethnic beauty that foreshadowed eternity. The program included music groups Jesus Generation (Chinese), Joyful Praise Ministries (Korean), and El Trio de Hoy (Spanish), a message from Ezekiel 37 by Dr. Gabriel Salguero, and small group prayer facilitated by Peter Ong of Chinese Christian Herald Crusades and Rev. Steve Hwang of Crystal Evangelical Church.

On a personal note, El Trio was phenomenal. They performed twice, to open and close the evening, and returned for a much deserved and desired encore. Multiethnic faces worshipping to Latin rythyms in a Korean house -- my kind of church service!

Special thanks to our hosts and the tireless energy of Rev. Jimmy Lim of New York Council of Churches for facilitating this historic occassion.

The above picture from the Refl3ctions event appeared in yesterday's New York Times. The following correction dated June 22 appeared on the Times' website today: "A picture caption yesterday with an article about evangelical Christians in New York City referred imprecisely to the people pictured at the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens. They were attending a youth event in advance of this week's Billy Graham crusade; they were not necessarily members of the church."


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