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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Thirty Ninth Day – Back to Beit Sahour

After I had breakfast at the hostel (I saw huge Korean teen group from a church), I asked the reception about the bus schedule to Jerusalem.  The lady told me 7am, 10am, 2pm, and the last one is 5pm.  I decided to go to the central bus station earlier so I got there 8:50am.  I thought I need to wait about an hour.  But when I purchased the ticket, the clerk said “The bus is now leaving.”  The bus to Jerusalem was at 9am.  If I had been ten minutes later, I would have waited a couple of hours.

My seat was 13, but before the bus departed, two soldiers got on, and asked me a favour.  A girl and boy soldiers were a couple, and their seat were 14 and 20.  They wanted to sit together.  So I moved to seat 20.  And I found that soldiers get free ride.  It takes about five hours from Eilat to Jerusalem, and throughout all five hours, the soldier couple were licking each other.

At the beginning, I sat alone having two seats which was very comfortable.  But before I got to the Dead Sea, a girl in early 20s got on the bus and sat next to me.  Then she farted, and the smell was so gross – the worst fart smell I’ve ever experienced.  I looked at her face, but she closed her eyes and pretended sleeping.

Shops close on Sunday in Beit Sahour

Shops close on Sunday in Beit Sahour

Now the travelling is easy because I already know how.  From the Jerusalem central bus station to Damascus gate by light railway.  And then to Bethlehem by Arab bus 21.  And this time, I walked home, about an hour.

Shps close on Sunday in Beit Sahour

Shops close on Sunday in Beit Sahour

The market behind the Nativity Church was open and there were people, but fewer people than usual.  And quite many of the shops were closed also.  But out of that area, almost all shops were closed and nobody on the streets.

Shops close on Sunday in Beit Sahour

Shops close on Sunday in Beit Sahour

Because it is Sunday, and there are huge Christian population in Bethlehem and Beit Sahour.  Jews rest on Saturday, Christians on Sunday.  It is said that Muslims on Friday, but most of them still work.  Unlike other places, there are huge Christian population here and also Ramallah, even though the majority is Muslim now.  Bethlehem and Beit Sahour is neighbour cities and quite small.  I walk between the two cities and it takes not even an hour.  But still the two cities have many differences.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Church Tour: Latvian Church in Chicago

It was Sunday, 20th of May, 2012. Hannah’s parents were coming back home from Mission trip in China. For someone who does not know, Hannah’s father is ordained minister and currently serves as Mission Pastor at a Korean Church here in Naperville, Illinois.

And on that day, there was a marathon which blocked around the Church. We tried to go to Church but in vain. The police officer did not let us pass even though I begged that we need to go to Church. The week before, Pastor Ahn announced that the officer would let us pass if we say we are on the way to Church, so I just believed the word. I think I was just too naive or Pastor Ahn was. The American officers are not like Canadian officers. We, without any choice, headed to the airport and Hannah found a Church near the O’Hare airport using her smart phone.

It was Lutheran Church. I’ve never been to a Lutheran Church so I was a little bit excited. And I became even more excited to find it was not just normal Church.

The Church was ethnic Church – a Latvian Church. I had no idea about the Latvian language, and after I came home, I looked up and found that Latvia is a European Country in Baltic region.

In the Church, there were not many people, and even except around three people, all were very very old seniors.

When we entered the Church, the whole congregation looked at us. Maybe we were the first Asians in that Church. 🙂

The Lutheran style of worship looked very alike the Catholic even though I don’t know much about Catholic, it looked like at least to my eyes. The minister (a lady with very beautiful singing voice) and Church clerks were very kind to us. Even though I was not able to understand the sermon in Latvian, I like this sermon way more than the one at yellow box because I realised she was preaching about Jesus – I was able to pick when she was saying Jesus and Christ in her language sounds like ‘Yesu’ and ‘Kristo.’

At the announcement, I understood two more words – NATO and Konference.

Church Information:

English Name: Latvian Zion Lutheran Church

Address: 6551 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60634

Tel: 773-725-3820

The Church is right next to a College, and it might be a little bit tricky to find at first because the street names and curves are tricky. I would like this Church much only if I could understand Latvian.

아내의 부모님이 중국 선교에서 돌아오시는 날이 2012년 5월 20일 주일이었다. 혹시 모르는 분들을 위해 설명을 하자면 장인 어른은 목사님이시고 현재 일리노이주의 네이퍼빌에 있는 한국인 교회에서 선교 목사로 섬기고 계신다.

그 날, 교회 주변에 마라톤이 있어서 길이 봉쇄되었다. 교회를 가려 했지만 헛수고였다. 교회 가야 한다고 애걸했지만 경찰관이 통과시켜주지 않았다. 그 전주에 안목사님이 교회 간다고 하면 경찰이 통과시켜 줄거라고 해서 그대로 믿었는데 지금 생각하면 내가 너무 순진했던 듯 하다. 아니면 목사님이 순진했던가. 미국 경찰은 캐나다 경찰 같지 않다. 경찰에게 교회 가야 한다고 애걸했는데 통과시켜주지 않았다. 그래서 어쩔 수 없이 공항으로 출발했고, 아내가 스마트폰을 사용해서 공항 근처에 있는 교회를 찾아냈다.

루터교였다. 루터교에는 한 번도 가본 적이 없어서 좀 흥분되었다. 그리고 곧 일반적인 교회가 아니란 걸 알고는 더욱 흥분되었다.

라트비아인 교회였다. 그게 뭔지 몰랐는데, 집에 와서 찾아보니 유럽의 발틱 지역에 있는 나라라고 한다.

교회에는 사람이 별로 많지는 않았는데, 그리고 약 세명을 빼고는 모두 완전 엄청 나이가 드신 분들뿐이었다.

교회에 들어가니 온 사람들이 우릴 처다봤다. 그것도 멍~하니. 아마 그 교회에 간 첫 아시아 사람이 아니었을까 한다.

루터교 형식의 예배는 천주교와 비슷했다. 천주교 예배에 대해 잘 모르지만 어쨋든 내 눈에는 그렇게 보였다. 노래할 때 목소리가 아주 아름다운 여자 목사님과 교회 섬기는 분들은 무척 친절했다. 라트비아어인 설교는 못 알아들었지만 지난 번의 노란통 교회보다는 훨씬 마음에 들었다. 왜냐면 예수 그리스도에 대해 설교한다는 것은 알았기 때문이다. 예수님 또는 그리스도를 말할 때는 알아들었다. ‘예수’ 그리고 ‘크리스토’ 와 같이 들렸다.

광고에서도 나토라는 단어와 콘포론스라는 단어는 알아들었다.

교회 정보:

정식 영어 이름: Latvian Zion Lutheran Church

주소: 6551 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60634

전화번호: 773-725-3820

교회는 어떤 대학교 바로 옆에 있는데, 길 이름하고 길의 커브가 좀 이상해서 처음에는 찾기가 어려울 수 있다. 내가 라트비아어만 알아 들었어도 이 교회를 꽤 좋아했을 것 같다.

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