Honoring the founders of Korean Methodism, seeing the fruit

The main sanctuary at Kwang-lim Church, the largest Methodist church in Korea. See more photos in the gallery at right.

September 23, 2016

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, the New England pilgrims to Korea spent the morning at Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery, which includes a
Epitaph from a grave
at Yanghwajin Cemetary
monument to the founder of Korean Methodism Rev. Henry Appenzeller (though not his grave; he was drowned in a boating accident), as well as over 140 other missionaries, their family members and others who came to Korea from around the world and found a home.

Read letters by Henry and Ella Appenzeller
Read “The Legacy of Henry G. Appenzeller” by Edward W. Poitras

The afternoon was spent seeing the fruit of the seeds planted by these missionaries, the men and women who carried their faith and their willingness to be the hands and feet of Jesus to Korea where they built churches, hospitals and schools and universities.

The pilgrims toured two of the most prominent churches in the nation: Kwang-lim Church in Seoul, the largest Methodist Church in Korea; and Sarang Presbyterian Church at which 40,000 worship each Sunday. 

See photos from each of these visits in the galleries at right.