A mission team in Honduras led by Young-Kap Kwon and Mi-Sook Kwon from Bethany Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, held a groundbreaking ceremony at Perula Ulua Middle and High School, in which the team will be starting a 'Taekwondo Mission Training Center'. The school is the third largest public school in El Progreso, Honduras, with some 6,000 enrolled students.
The principal, senator, mayor, superintendent of education, the soldiers of the army of the region, and numerous reporters gathered along with 1,000 students, at the ceremony. The attention from broadcast media allowed for the Taekwondo Mission Center and its work to also be publicized to an even greater audience.
The Taekwondo Mission Center, which was built and donated by the Bethany Presbyterian Church, is an innovative model of partnership and collaboration between the supporting missionaries and those in the mission field itself. The rights to the center belong to the church, while the school pitches in for the maintenance fee, and the Honduras Department of Education and the city are also generously supporting the center financially, culminating into a creative "Mutual Cooperation Mission Project."
The center will be selecting the students at the top 10 percent of the 6,000 enrolled students, who will then be trained in the discipline of taekwondo, and discipled in the Christian faith. Through this training, the center hopes to nurture and raise up Christian leaders for the next generation. The soldiers who were present at the groundbreaking ceremony expressed that they would also like to learn taekwondo, and the missionaries are hoping to further share the gospel to them through the training.
"We've finally begun the project to equip outstanding young leaders with the gospel, and raising up a powerful young generation who will transform Honduras with the gospel," said Revered Byung-Ho Choi, the senior pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church. "Please keep Young-Kap Kwon and his wife, who are at the forefront of this project, in your prayers. Those who are interested in taekwondo as a form of missions are more than welcome to contact us as well."