Neither the man nor his mother are speaking dramatically. The conversation continues, and again I hear "hallelujah." The man will tell me later that he was simply telling her that his family had attended that morning's prayer service at Jesus Village Church in Chun Chon, South Korea.He also begins to tell me about han, a concept he tells me will take years to understand. It roughly means sorrow and regret, but encapsulates so much more. The Koreans bring this with them when they pray. They pray for their han to be lifted. They pray for estranged family members. They praise God for bringing them out of poverty and strife, and ask for blessings upon those less fortunate.Prayers here often happen with many people speaking aloud at once. The words spoken are mostiy indiscernible to me and I'm sure are often only discernable to God. Koreans are a busy people, busier by far than our friends back home, and when the prayer meetings end, they return to their busy schedules. Still, they make time to pray, even if it means meeting before the sun comes up.
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