Thoughts for a United Peninsula
Salem Worship Shares Message of Peace in Seoul
By Jackson Ngari
KCK Vice Chairman
Four years ago international students, living and studying in Korea from a, Tanzania, Congo, Ghana, Burundi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon formed the Salem Worship, a music band that on Saturday the Oct. 10, 2015 took Seoul by a storm. The band brings a message of peace.In fact, the band’s main mission is to share a message of the peace of God in the peninsula through worship.On Oct. 10 (Saturday), 2015 more than 400 people from all over the world gathered at CTS Art hall in Seoul to participate in a live concert performance.Most of the band’s members are students at universities in South Korea and are excited to share a message of peace in the peninsula through music. This is done by worshipping God in spirit and in truth, as spoken in the Bible with the intention of leading people back to His heart.In this way, all who worship can find authentic freedom in God. Salem Worship simply wants to see people encounter God personally and be filled with his peace in worship and His presence.This band believes that worship is not limited in its reach, and breaks every barrier that divides and this may perhaps help restore the Korean peninsula as one nation.Whether gospel music, K-pop, contemporary, instrumental or traditional, music is known to be a language that anyone can easily identify with, no matter their ethnicity, language or culture.Impressively, Salem Worshippers perform worship songs in numerous wonderful languages, including English, Korean, Swahili, Twi, Lingala, Zulu, French and Portuguese. They can also perform in other languages on request.Why Salem? Salem is a Hebrew word, shalom which means the perfect peace of God. Salem worshippers believe in sharing this peace through worship. The band believes that the peace received from Jesus Christ is peace (shalom) that the world cannot give. As foreign students in Korea, Salem Worship intention is to share this peace through concerts and performances in Korea.How to connect with Salem: Salem worship is available to develop international partnerships and welcomes partnerships with non-governmental organizations, churches, mission organizations, universities, embassies and other like-minded groups eager to reach out and share the good news of God’s love. Salem worshippers perform at school festivals, social events, seminars, concerts, and English summer camps and greatly appreciate Korea for the various forms of support so far. It is our intention to contribute to Korea’s peace making process and our hope to someday see the unification of the peninsula become a reality.
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Rev. Jackson Ngari serves as a columnist for The Seoul Times. He is currently vice chairman of Kenyan Community in Korea (KCK), which has hundreds of members. He is also doing his PhD course in Biblical Studies at Toorch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul. The Kenyan pastor can be reached at email@example.com