Minister honours fallen Korean missionaries

TWO Korean missionaries who drowned during their vocation at Nasikawa Vision College in Navosa have been honoured by the Fijian Government.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola honoured the missionaries by presenting plaques to their parents in a moving ceremony in Seoul, Korea last week.

The two missionaries tragically lost their lives while out swimming with students of the college on July 10, 1997.

They were part of a group of ten volunteers from Korea’s prestigious Handong Global University (HGU) who were selected to travel to Fiji to teach computer skills to high school students.

Ratu Inoke, while honouring the missionaries, said in an Information Department statement that Fiji had not forgotten the sacrifices the duo made particularly, their love for mission work and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“This is from the Government of Fiji to you and this is to let you know that we appreciate and continue to remember all the good work your sons carried out in Fiji especially to the lives of all those that knew them at the college and also in the province,” he said.

“This is to commemorate their noble sacrifice. We believe that they sowed a seed with their faith.”

One of the parents, Chang-Yong Kang said it was an honour to have his son recognised by the Government of Fiji.

“This will become my family treasure and I will have it displayed in our house and remember our son’s sacrifices. I also thank God for His work and guidance in my son’s life,” Mr Kang said.

Since the tragic incident in 1997, HGU of which Fiji’s Honorary Consular General (HCG) is in Seoul and its president Dr Chang Soon Heung erected a monument at the university to remember the lives of its former students it considers martyrs.

The monument, which can be found at the entrance to the university, has been named “The Fiji Memorial Square”.

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