A time like a gift to comfort the hearts of those who are weary in life has come. On November 21, the Church of God held a Bible webinar.
In a time when individuals feel isolated and alienated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church of God communicates with neighbors through various online events such as “Happy Webinar for Workers.” The Bible webinar was held for the third time this year at the Okcheon Go&Come Training Institute in Korea by filming the event and broadcasting it in real time. The Church of God members all over the world watched the webinar with their family and friends while adhering to preventive measures. A total of about 4,000 people in Korea accessed and participated in the webinar with more than 2,000 accounts, and the the webinar lasted for about 50 minutes each at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“Hello, nice to meet you!”
As the host said hello, hundreds of participants’ screens appeared on the big screen at the Okcheon Go&Come Training Institute. The participants responded by waving their hands or smiling brightly across the screen. The webinar began in a friendly atmosphere with a chamber orchestra performance. Sixteen performers played “Amazing Grace with Bach” and a soundtrack of “Frozen.” The familiar yet fresh melodies resounded deep in the hearts of the participants and awakened their emotions. Then, a chorus brought a gentle comfort to them by singing “You Raise Me Up,” a song with lyrics that there is a precious person who supports you when you are tired and weary so you can stand up again.
Next, the webinar had a presentation titled “Finding the Lost Me.” The presenters began speaking by asking a question, “What is the earliest memory you have of your childhood?” They said that just as what we know about our childhood comes from what our parents have told us, the answer to mankind’s age-old question of “who I am” can be found from the words of God. They testified through the Bible that human beings were originally angels in the Kingdom of Heaven, and concluded the presentation, hoping that everyone would return to the beautiful Kingdom of Heaven and regain their lost life as an angel.
The participants actively listened to the presenters by nodding and answering questions over the screen. At the end of the webinar, they made and sent small and big heart shapes to one another at the host’s request, and wrapped up the event. Sister Park Gye-hui (from Anyang), who watched the webinar with her friend, said, “I liked the performance of the orchestra before the seminar presentation. My friend and I got into the rhythm and enjoyed it.” Sister Kim Ju-hui (from Bucheon), who invited her neighbor to the webinar, said, “In a time when it is hard for many people to gather together due to COVID-19, we were able to see and encourage one another through the webinar, and it greatly moved me.” She also added that he would like to recommend people around her to participate in the webinar.