2022 KIMNET IMLF Hosts A Forum For World Ministry Leaders

2022 국제선교지도자포럼에 다녀와서 ..( 맨 오른쪽: 허인욱 허인욱 순회 시니어 선교사)

허 인 욱 순회 시니어선교사 ( 전 월드시니어선교회 대표 )

지난 5월 24일부터 26일까지 시애틀 형제교회에서 KIMNET ( 국제선교동역네트워 : 상임대표 최일식목사 )가 주최한
국제선교지도자포럼이 120여명의 선교사와 선교단체, 그리고 교회 대표자들이 참가한 가운데 있었다.
금년으로 20회를 맞이하는 김넷의 선교네트워크 행사를 창립 50주년을 맞은 시애틀의 형제교회 ( 담임목사 : 권 준)가
초대하여 코로나19로 움추렸던 한인선교사들과 선교단체의 활성화를 다짐하는 행사였다.

비교적 오랜 역사를 자랑하는 미주지역에서 활동하는 12개 선교단체들 { Compassion, Food for the hungry, GSM ( the good shepherd mission ) , I.E.A. ( 국제복음주의협회 ), INTERCP (인터콥 ), UBF ( university bible fellowship ), GP ( global partners, USA ) , SEED ( 시드선교회 ) , 4/14 윈도우운동, GSGM ( Gospel Supporting Global MIssion ), PGM ( 세계전문인선교 ) , GMI ( Grace Ministies International ) } 대표자들이 자신들의 사역을 소개하고
이들을 서로 네트워크 시켜서 상호 협력할 수 있도록 KIMNET ( kingdom Inter-mission network ) 은 지난 20년동안 노력해왔다.

한국은 1974년 24명의 선교사들이 처음 파송된 후에, 40여년만에 2015년 12월 통계로 234개 선교단체와 교단을 통해 조사된 결과 171 개국에 27,205명의 선교사가 파송되어 전세계에서 미국 다음으로 많은 선교사를 파송하는 나라가 되었다.

한국교회와 해외 한인들의 복음전파에 대한 열정과 노력이 지구상 어디에서도 볼 수 없었던 놀라운 하나님의 축복을 보여주고 있어서. 선교지마다 희망이 되고 있다.
각각 자기가 살고있고, 사역하고 있는 지역에서 우물안의 개구리처럼 사역하던 사람들이 함께 모여서 하나님이 꿈꾸시는 거대한 선교전략을 마치 퍼즐맞추기처럼
큰 그림을 볼 수있는 기회를 제공한 2022년 국제선교지도자 포럼이었다.

미국의 수도 워싱턴지역에서 잘하면 전세계 어디에서나 잘할수 있다는 생각으로 창립된
월드시니어선교회는 시니어선교시대를 맞이하여 아주 어린아이와도 같은 단체이지만,
이번 포럼에 귀한 초청을 받아서 시니어사역에 대한 비전을 제시함으로써
그동안 오랫동안 사역해온 단체들과 함께 은퇴하는 이민1세들이 인생의 마지막 챕터를
하나님 나라의 확장에 쓰임받을 수 있도록 안내하는 사역을 해서,
1만명의 시니어선교사를 동원, 준비해서 하나님이 조국통일의 기회를 주신다면
기꺼이 북한동포들을 섬기러 갈 준비를 할 수 있도록 하겠다는 결의를 다짐하며
참석자들을 도전했다.

창립50주년을 맞이한 시애틀형제교회가 전세계에서 선교하는 선교사와 선교단체 관계자들을 초대해서 벌인 잔치는 교인들의 정성스런 대접으로 매일 제공되는 풍성한 식사와 간식으로 예술품같이 제공되는 다과가 참석자 모두를 감동과 감사로 넘치게 했다.

www.godsends.org 에서는 선교사와 선교사를 후원하는 평신도들을 매칭시켜주는 플랫폼을 만들어서 지구촌화된 시대에 전방선교사와 후방선교사를 연결해주는 효과적인 도구로 쓰임받을 수 있도록 준비하고 있다고 사역을 소개했다.

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Introducing Coroner Akiko Tagawa, Chief Deputy of Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner

Friday, May 27, 5pm PDT

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We are pleased to have our guest speaker Akiko Tagawa, Chief Deputy of Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. FACE President Hyepin Im and Edward Yen, President of LA County Asian American Employee Association and Assistant Executive Officer of the Board of Supervisors Executive Office will moderate the conversation.

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About Akiko Tagawa

Akiko Tagawa’s career with the County of Los Angeles spans over 25 years. Her career started as a health inspector conducting restaurant and apartment inspections after graduating with a degree in Environmental and Occupational Health from CSU Northridge. She was part of the team that created the ABC restaurant grading system and supported outreach to the community to expand awareness of food safety issues. She found that her community outreach skills were limited and went back to school at UCLA to obtain her masters in community development and social marketing while working. She was actually in class when the 9/11 attacks occurred in New York, that shifted her career goals from advancing in food safety policy with the FDA, to taking a position with the Dept of Public Health Executive Team to strengthen public health emergency response. Work in organizational development and training suited her, but found herself wanting to do external facing work and moved to the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program where she worked on policies related to sober living and implemented the nation’s first process improvement programs with the County Contracted rehab facilities. She missed the administrative work and took a position as the executive assistant to the administrative deputy of Public Health where she honed her skills in administrative management. She then took a position with the Probation Department where she oversaw the management of the juvenile facilities but was quickly pulled back to Public Health where public health related emergency response was beginning to be the norm, including response to Ebola, a Hepatitis A outbreak, a Measles Outbreak, the Exide Lead Contamination Outreach, Woolsey Fire Outreach, and most recently work on the COVID19 Pandemic. She was part of the team that stood up the mega vaccination PODs. She has been the Chief Deputy of the Medical Examiner-Coroner for the last 13 months.

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Next NRA Convention is in Texas, the latest state to deal with mass shooting

The National Rifle Association will hold its 2022 annual meeting on May 27-29 in Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. According to CNN, at this annual meeting, guest speakers include former President Donald Trump and many other conservative politicians.

At this event, Donald Trump, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, also a Republican, are also scheduled to speak on Friday. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, both Republicans, will be at the meeting and scheduled to speak.

The NRA condemned the shooting in a statement Wednesday, calling it a “horrific and evil crime.”

“Although an investigation is underway and facts are still emerging, we recognize this was the act of a lone, deranged criminal,” the group said. “As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our commitment to making our schools secure.”

The massacre is the deadliest shooting at a school since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012 that left 26 people dead, including 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old.

Almost every week, US citizens hear of mass shooting sprees on the news, and not only is this tiring for US citizens, it makes the US look like a lawless place to those in the international community, making the obsession with the second amendment by some look even more ridiculous.

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In Texas, 18 year-old Gunman kills 21 Elementary Students

Salvador Romas (18) opened fire in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas killing at least 19 children and 2 teachers on Tuesday morning. According to a Texas state senator, Roland Gutierrez was briefed by police, but few victims have been publicly identified. One of the teachers has been confirmed as a 4th-grade teacher, Eva Mireles who was married with one child.

The attacker shot and killed his grandmother at her house before he headed to Robb elementary school where 90% of the children are Latino children. It is located near the Mexican border. This elementary school had only 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade students. He ran from classroom to classroom to kill the innocent children and their teachers. The gunman was eventually killed by law enforcement.

Law enforcement is investigating the motive for this gun massacre. Many people are getting sick of mass shootings, as just last week, 10 black people were killed at the supermarket in Buffalo, NY. Almost every day, people died from gun violence without any reason.

The absolute number of dead and injured are not finalized yet, but the permanent emotional and psychological mark will be left in this community, unfortunately.

Much condolence to those who are suffering.

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A Cup of Poem – 오월 광주/서형삼

Photo by Corih Kim

五月光州

서형삼

光州五月恨成山

不度春風水住關

晉主文公同泣洗

掌歡滿世漂魂還

(刪韻:,,)

광주의오월은

恨이山을이루어

봄바람도넘지못하고

물도막혀고였다네.

이제晉나라文公이살아와

함께울고씻어주니

박수소리,환호소리

세상에가득하고

떠돌던넋들도

돌아오도다!

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Author Corih Kim Speaks at Reading Club in South Korea

Author of the book, “Tears of the Yangtze,” Corih Kim was invited to speak with a Reading Club, “Dale Carnegie Gwangju CEO Book Club” located in Gwangju, South Korea on May 12th, 2022.

She discussed the motivations and inspirations that led to her decision to write the novel, “Tears of the Yangtze.”

The event was enjoyed by all, and the meeting involved discussion in depth.

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DC enforces owners of vacant & Blight houses due to tax evasions

News Release — DC Office of the Attorney General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

May 10, 2022

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OAG Sues Owner of 1000 C St NE for Falsely Claiming Property Is Occupied to Avoid Taxes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AG Racine today announced the first enforcement action brought by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) against owners of long-term vacant or blighted homes who made false claims to avoid paying the higher property taxes that the District imposes on empty or blighted properties.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) filed a lawsuit against the owners of a crumbling and vacant Ward 6 home, alleging that they made false claims to the District to avoid paying the vacant property tax since at least 2015. This enforcement action represents a new front in OAG’s efforts to combat the District’s affordable housing crisis and to ensure property owners uphold their legal responsibilities.

“Too many District residents are struggling to find safe and affordable places to live, while more than 3,000 homes sit vacant across the city,” said AG Racine. “The Council has imposed higher taxes on vacant and blighted houses to motivate owners to keep properties in use and in good repair. But instead of fixing up, renting out, or selling these homes, some owners repeatedly lie to avoid paying the taxes they owe. That’s not acceptable, and we’re putting owners on notice: if you own a vacant home, you must register it with the District and pay all required taxes. If you try to cheat the system, the Office of the Attorney General will hold you accountable.” 

“This is an important step in what should be the final chapter of three decades of a vacant building in our city,” said Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. “I’m hopeful that this suit will send a message that the District is serious about fraud and that these LLCs must make an effort to put their properties back into use rather than continue to try to game the system.”

“For years, this vacant property has been a blight in our neighborhood and the owner has avoided paying their fair share of taxes,” said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Laura Gentile (6A05). “I’m grateful AG Racine is taking action to hold them accountable. Hopefully we’ll finally see this property put to good use.”

Despite a booming real estate market, more than 3,000 residential properties in the District are sitting vacant or blighted. When properties sit vacant, they reduce the supply of available housing and can attract drug activity and crime, affecting the safety and quality of life of nearby residents. To motivate owners to fix their properties and return them to productive use, the D.C. Council imposed significantly higher property tax rates on vacant and blighted homes than on those that are occupied. However, rather than paying the required taxes on vacant properties—or selling or renting out these homes—some owners attempt to evade their tax obligations by repeatedly submitting false information to the District claiming their properties are occupied or falsely claiming a tax exemption to which they are not entitled.

Under the District’s False Claims Act, it is illegal to knowingly make false statements to conceal, avoid, or decrease an obligation to pay the District—and those who break the law can face extremely steep costs. The District can file a lawsuit seeking to recover three times any amount that is owed (treble damages) and can also obtain civil penalties for each violation of the law. OAG has independent authority to investigate and take legal action under the False Claims Act.

Lawsuit Against Owners of 1000 C St NE
OAG filed suit against the owners of 1000 C St NE, a once-stately home in Ward 6, for making false claims to the District to avoid paying the vacant property tax since at least 2015. In the suit, OAG alleges that the home has sat vacant for years: boarded up, overgrown, with crumbling masonry, a visibly decaying roof, and vacancy notices pasted on top of weathered vacancy notices from prior years. Yet year after year, its owner, George Papageorge, who owns the property through an LLC, avoids registering the property as vacant and paying the higher property tax rate as required. Instead, they repeatedly and falsely report to the District that the property is occupied. With the suit, OAG is seeking to recover unpaid property taxes, damages, and penalties from the defendants that could total more than $750,000.

Α Cup of Poem – 세월 (김호천)

세월

청곡 김호천

소 걸음으로 살아도
산천이 어지럽게 하고

생각을 잊으려 하나
발길에 그리움만 밟힌다.

동백도 철쭉도
라일락도 모란도

망신 주는 모과도
피 흘리며 이승을 떠났네.

새 소리도 없는
외로운 창가

푸른 하늘에
구름만 흐르네.

2022.5.2

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Rare opportunity to see the Eclipse

A rare opportunity to see the sky is available if you live in the southern part of South America or the southeastern Pacific Ocean. According to NASA, on the mornings of this Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, 2022, the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter will show up only half a degree apart. These two brightest planets will be visible about 7 degrees above the eastern horizon as morning twilight begins along with Mars and Saturn, which will appear farther to the upper right of Venus and Jupiter. The close pairing of the two brightest planets is very unusual to see.

Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2022, at 4:28 p.m. EDT, will be the new moon, and when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, there will be a partial solar eclipse in the sky. If you live around the southeastern Pacific Ocean or the southern part of South America, you will see the tail of the Moon that blocks part of the Sun.

This eclipse will be first visible at 2:45 p.m. EDT (18:45 GMT) in the areas of visibility. it will end at 6:37 p.m. EDT (22:37 GMT); the event will take about 4 hours, according to TimeandDate.com.

In eastern culture, especially in Korea, around 1,500 years ago, some people used eclipses as evidence of witchcraft and manipulated the masses into complying. Hopefully, it won’t happen this time around.

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JMU Softball Player Lauren Bernett dies, Age 20

Lauren Bernett was a softball player from James Madison University. The school announced her death on Tuesday; no cause of death was provided; the cause of death is still being investigated.

Burnett was a key member off the 2021 Women’s College World Series team as a freshman catcher.

Burnett is survived by her mother and father, two sisters, and two brothers. She was a biology major.

Rest in peace, Lauren.

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