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Good News Corps’ Dramatic Meeting with the President of Chile who Attended the Nuclear Security Summ


(The President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera and the First Lady with the Good News Corps Members)

Last March, on 26th and 27th, the Nuclear Security Summit was held in Seoul with the leaders of 53 nations and international organizations. We heard the news that the magistrate of the commune, “Estacion Central,” whom we met through a cultural event in Chile, was coming to Korea to attend the Summit. By chance, we read in an article where the government officials from Chile were staying, we headed to the hotel with the pounding heart to see Chilean people, our family in heart, in Korea. Even if we could not see them, we waited without any plan, hoping at least to present a bouquet of flowers which we put our hearts in. All of sudden, a person with a nametag with the Chilean flag on passed by. We ran toward him and greeted him in Spanish. He was surprised, and we started a conversation. “We have gone to Chile to volunteer for a year, and we came here because we still miss Chile.” We introduced ourselves. Later we found out that he was the chief officer of the security. As he conversed with us, he was delighted to see our love toward Chile. He told us to wait a little bit for the magistrate we hoped to see because he was on his way.

After a while, the magistrate walked into the hotel with the magistrates from other divisions. We gave him the flower bouquet and greeted him cordially. The magistrate, who knew us well from Chile, introduced us to the others himself, and the other magistrates, surprised, gladly replied to us. We spent good time together sharing our experiences from Chile and the cultures; when we told them that Chile was our second hometown, they were touched.

The magistrate told us that he would help us with Chile World Camp with all his might and that he hoped to see all the members again at the camp. Also he mentioned that he could meet the president if we come back the next day. As he was leaving, he also thanked us for the visit.