Mahanaim Cyber Theology School, the 1st Commencement. The first commencement ceremony with the 368 graduates in Korea, and 1000 Americans, Spanish, and Chinese.
Ordained as a Worker of the Gospel
Around 10 o’clock, people started to arrive one after another from all over the country to attend the 1st commencement ceremony of Mahanaim Cyber Theology School. Some ladies came early in place of their husbands who would be late due to their work, waiting with their husbands’ cap and gown – when the husbands arrived, the wives put the cap and gown on their husbands with much thanks. Also some parents, though they do not attend our church, came with grand children to celebrate and congratulate their son’s graduation from the theology school.
For the 1st commencement ceremony, 368 graduates from Korea and total of 1000 American, Spanish, and Chinese graduates celebrated together all around the world via internet.
The Mahanaim Cyber Theology School was founded 2 years ago for those who were willing to learn about bible and faith in greater details to work for the gospel but could not receive the training to become a minister because of their work. Since then, the graduates listened to the online lectures every day. There were some difficulties with their work and other business, yet empowered by the words, they could finish the 4 quarters.
There was also Award Ceremony in acknowledgment of the distinguished accomplishment through the 2-year courses. As a valedictorian, Elder Hwang Hyo Jung, a salutatorian, Brother Ahn Da Moon, and 10 others were awarded for their excellent grade. Elder Yoon Cheol Won and Co-Pastor Yoon Hyung Sun received the special award.
Satan tries to obscure the gospel with various schemes, but God, not only He protects the gospel through the Mahanaim Theology School, but also establishes the clear gospel in more countries. When looking at the graduates with their cap on, sitting down and listening sincerely to the testimonies and the words, one could feel that God was calling for the workers of gospel at the last age.
Yoon Cheol Won, a graduate, said with his silver hair that he was prone to forget the words easily that he could not remember well enough, but as he listened to the lectures, he felt shameful of his life bound by the reality and came to experience the grace of God. Another graduate, Hwang Hyo Jung, shared his testimony. He was recommended to go to the theology school in 1985, but he chose a different path then. Yet, now he is graduating from Cyber Theology School. He continued, “The gospel didn’t just come to me, but it reached even me because God protected the gospel through some one.” He hoped that the gospel would continue to be protected by God and that it will reach out to even more people.
Pastor Ock Soo Park, the dean, entreated the graduates – “The gospel bloomed during the time of Oswald Smith and D.L. Moody, but it quickly withered away. Let us not give our heart to Satan’s cunning tricks. Let us not only keep the heart to live for the gospel, which we had when we received the salvation, but give our lives to God as we walk with the Lord for the church and the gospel.”
After the commencement ceremony, the graduates were taking pictures with their family members and colleagues in joy. Pastor Ock Soo Park was apologizing that there should’ve been a certificate of assistant minister for the graduates that they could do more work of gospel in church.
I was a bit laid back in my heart because it was online. But when I felt the heart of the professors and pastors, they were very sincere and poured all their heart for the cyber theology school. I was able to change my heart pertaining to attending the classes. Also pastor said that it’d be nice if all of us would become a minister; that time I had a heart that I should live as a servant of church before God from now on. I regret that I should’ve been more attentive and serious to listen to the lectures. I hope that we, graduates, will continue to keep this close relationship with the school and hope to receive guidance for us to serve the church.” (Baek Yoo-Hyun/1st class of Mahanaim Cyber Theology School/ Good News Gang Nam Church)
The commencement ceremony gave us hope to see many people, among the graduates, rise to keep the purity of the gospel. God, pleased to establish more workers of gospel inside of the church, had us start the Mahanaim Cyber Theology School, and today was the first commencement ceremony. It was clearly shown through the ceremony that God will lead, regardless of their images, the graduates to live for the gospel.
We hope that more church members will be nurtured into a worker of gospel through the Mahanaim Cyber Theology School.