Sahmyook University: Adding Dormitory for Mission :Adventist News Online

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T he opening of a new dormitory building at a Seventh-day Adventist university is always a cause for celebration, but the inauguration of the “Peniel” dormitory at church-owned Sahmyook University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, demonstrated that not even a global pandemic could halt the advance of the school’s mission.

Along with providing quality education in a number of undergraduate areas—as well as through four graduate programs—Sahmyook is also a place where hundreds of non-Adventist students are exposed to the Christian gospel and the Adventist message, often for the first time. Only one in six of those accepted each year come from an Adventist background, an intentional decision by school officials to make the school a “mission field” as well as a place of learning. [1]

The new dormitory stands on the same location of an older, smaller one that was demolished to provide space for the new building. This new five-story women’s dormitory can accommodate 290 students, with different room types: single, double and triple occupants. With this new addition, Sahmyook University can provide lodging for 1,553 students.

Dr. Kim Il Mok, president of Sahmyook University, said: “We want to restore the image of God through these facilities.” He was referring to all the dormitory buildings: Zion, Eden, Salem, and the newest one Peniel. It was named Peniel as a remembrance of Jacob’s victory as he struggled with the Angel of the Lord by the ford of Jabbok, where He saw God and was preserved (Genesis 32:30). The dormitory is a sign of God’s glory shown to the campus. It is an acknowledgement that without God, mission cannot be accomplished.

This was also emphasized by Pastor Hwang Chun Kwang, president of the Korean Union Conference (KUC), in his inauguration speech, quoting Psalms 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” This is true not only for building a physical structure, but also in accomplishing God’s mission, Pastor Hwang said.

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