[PineNews] Christian Gospel Mission ‘2019 Rock Gemstone Festival’ … A Great Success

“2019 Rock Gemstone Festival” picture of brass band performing as part of the opening ceremony

[PINENEWS, reported by Hong Hwayeon] The Rock Gemstone Festival was held during the autumn season. It aimed to provide healing and solace for people who are tired of their busy daily lives, and attracted visitors.  

Christian Gospel Mission (CGM, led by President Jung Myung Seok) held the 5th Rock Gemstone festival on 28 September 2019 at Wolmyeongdong Retreat Centre (aka. Wolmyeongdong). The festival lasted for 9 days, commencing with an opening ceremony, and ended on 6 October.

Wolmyeongdong is an attractive destination for both domestic and international tourists, due to its world-class stone landscape, ponds, giant waterfalls, grass lawns, dense pine forests and the top notch Korean mineral natural water. This place has been made known by people through word of mouth and the ‘Gemstone Rock Festival’ has become a global festival after its continuous development. 

Since 1990, President Jung Myung Seok and CGM members have been making the beautiful, majestic and amazing world-class rock landscape in Wolmyeongdong. As part of the Rock Gemstone Festival, a 360 degrees rock landscape, formed by around 2,000 beautiful and amazing rock masterpieces, was presented to the audience. 

Contrary to the weather forecast, the 28th of September, when the opening ceremony was held, had a deep clear autumn sky. Even though it was only the first day of the festival, more than 3,000 international tourists from Asia, including Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong and 5,000 visitors from Korea came. A line of small but charming stone towers, made up of two piled rocks each, greeted the visitors as they walked along both sides of the 100m long path from the entrance of Wolmyeongdong to the pond. 

The opening ceremony began with a friendly soccer match between Taiwan, Hongkong, Malaysia and Singapore. Later at 10am, the Sunrise Art troupe performed on the beautiful celebratory stage to the bright and humorous tunes of a 200-member brass band, receiving a big round of applause from the audience.

Visitors viewing the ornamental rock works at the Rock Gemstone Festival.

Jung Myung Seok, president of CGM, delivered the congratulatory speech and said, “There are masterpiece landscapes that are made by God’s design. Just like the inscription on the headstone (which reads), ‘designed by God, inspired by Holy Spirit, protected by Jesus Christ, and actions were taken by my disciples and I’, All the rock art works here in Wolmyeongdong are made and put up by God’s design. I hope all of you will enjoy your time here, and make unforgettable memories as you listen to the stories each rock gemstone has with God”. 

At this year’s festival, President Jung had put in efforts to plant 11 pine trees and adorn the rocks. One can see hundreds of giant pine trees and even a 350 years old ‘pine tree masterpiece’ bonsai. 

Visitors viewing the ornamental rock works at the Rock Gemstone festival.

The ‘1000 year Ornamental Rock Group’, consisting of domestic ornamental rock experts, is also having another exhibit. More than 100 pieces of rocks were exhibited, including 50 ornamental rocks that President Jung Myung Seok had found along the riversides through spiritual inspiration, and other rocks owned by the ‘1000 year Ornamental Rock Group’. Shapes and pictures that are carved on the stone by nature made the visitors speechless. The images of a human face, a woman, a smiling face, a bride, a mother, an eagle, a cheetah, a lion, a crane, and a palm tree immerse the viewers in nature’s amazing artistic touch.

The poem exhibition that was held during Gemstone Rock Festival.

The ‘poem exhibition’ that was held around the ambitious masterpiece rock landscape was also very popular among visitors.  

Park (alias) from Seoul who visited the festival stated, “It was delightful to observe the stonewall walkway on the way to Wolmyeongdong. I was amazed to see how small rocks were carefully balanced and piled up, as if they were all stuck together permanently. I had thought they were bonded together using glue.”

Visitors from Asia who attended Rock Gemstone Festival purchasing ginseng products from Geumsan Ginseng Festival.

Visitors who attended the Gemstone Rock Festival also attended the Geumsan Ginseng Festival that was being held nearby. 

The place where the Geumsan Ginseng Festival was held was bathed in yellow from shirts worn by visitors from Asia. International visitors and domestic visitors showed great interest towards ginseng, and crowded across the ginseng market and ginseng medicinal herb market streets.

The Governor of the Geumsan region, Mr Moon Jeongsoo, expressed his thankfulness towards the visitors by stating, “Geumsan is the home of Goryeo ginseng. Your interest towards Geumsan ginseng, which is one of the greatest foods for well-being with more than 1,500 years of history, is greatly appreciated”.  

Every year, more than 1.18 million people visit Wolmeongdong to see its beautiful scenery.

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2020 Korea Post Article on Providence

Korea Post is a longstanding and established english magazine established 34 years ago. It is subscribed by ambassadors in over 110 embassies and political institutions and provides essential information magazine for over 1.6 million foreigners living in Korea.

This 2020 article describes in great detail about Christian Gospel Mission, also known as Providence, as well as its retreat center Wolmyeongdong, and its founder Pastor Jung Myung Seok.

Enjoy!

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A Milestone in the History of Christianity [Environ News]

On October 3, 2013 at 11am, I visited the Christian Gospel Mission located at 65-21 Wolmyeongdong, Seokmak-ri, Jinsan-myeon, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, to cover a story. – 15 October 2013, EnvironNews Page 8 (Visit), Written by Kim Myeong-yeok

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A Milestone in the History of Christianity

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President Jung Myung Seok of the Christian Gospel Mission


On October 3, 2013 at 11am, I visited the Christian Gospel Mission located at 65-21 Wolmyeongdong, Seokmak-ri, Jinsan-myeon, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, to cover a story. Upon entering the mountainous region, I was surprised by the well-organized facilities and buildings on this large area of land that was about 991,735m2 . Officials of the church were explaining their doctrines to members who were visiting from all regions. The listeners appeared sincere.

 The Christian Gospel Mission // http://www.cgm.or.kr

 

I unexpectedly met notable people there: Han Wha-Gab, the President of the Foundation for East and West Cooperation, the former member of the Peace and Democracy Party and the Democratic Party; So Won-Sook, the President of the head office of the International central association for law; Choi Young-Wook, the former Professor of Sungkyul Christian University, Oh Gyo-Han, Professor of Danguk University; Jung Myeong-Ho, the President of the institute of Deoknan Cultural Heritage Studies; Yi Young-In, the head of the Beijing Museum in China.

I accompanied these people and kept up thorough coverage of the CGM. I also learned something knew- something different from a well-known fact- from an elder of the CGM, Kim Young-Don.

This religious organization is called the Christian Gospel Mission. Its history is brief. The CGM was established by and centered on university students and young people. It spread the gospel of Christ by practicing God’s truth and love. Due to the founder, President Jung’s correct teachings about the Bible, the number of CGM members increased to around 200,000 with 34 branches nationwide and about 300 churches. The CGM has also spread to 50 countries (including the United States, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil and the Republic of South Africa).

JMS is the acronym for Jesus Morning Star. The ‘Morning Star’ is from Revelations 22:16: ‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’ J stands for Jesus. JMS does not refer to Jung Myung Seok.

A monument built by President Jung Myung-Seok
A monument built by President Jung Myung-Seok

The Inspirations behind the founding of the Christian Gospel Mission

Jesus Christ commissioned his disciples to spread the gospel throughout the Earth. This inspired the founding of the CGM. Another was to make this Earth into a world of true peace, which is a major talking point in the 21st century. The CGM members took initiative to spread the ideology of ‘if you love, there will be peace’ throughout the world and for all ages.

The history of the CGM

Despite its brief history, the CGM has around 200,000 members in around 300 churches nationwide. Internationally, it has spread to around 50 countries. This proves that the CGM is God’s history and a milestone to the history of modern Christianity.

 Wolmyeongdong, the CGM training center

The Wolmyeongdong training center is the Natural Temple built by President Jung Myung Seok along with CGM members. The Natural Temple was constructed over 10 years. It has become an international tourist attraction with hundreds of thousands of visitors from home and abroad vising every year. Summer retreats are held every year when young people come to train their minds and bodies. Also, annual flower festivals and rock festivals are held every spring and autumn, with its beautiful natural scenery.

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The main CGM building located in Wolymyeongdong Jinsan-myeon, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

The Heavenly Holy Spirit Movement held in Jangchung Gymnasium

 

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The former leader of the Democratic Party, Han Wha-Gab and other visitors photographed together in front of the Holy Son Rock/ Elder Kim Young-Don pointing and explaining to Han Wha-Gabb about the main structures of the Natural Temple.

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[The source of the news] [The environment, fire and police newspaper] This organization has about 200,000 members from about 50 countries worldwide; a milestone in the history of Christianity /writer Meeting and Conversation.

15 October 2013, EnvironNews Page 8 (Visit), Written by Kim Myeong-yeok


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The Winter Beauty of Wolmyeong Dong

“Wolmyeong Dong’s wintry beauty is a sight to behold – pure, magical, and awe-inspiring.”

The cold harsh winter brings about a scene of wonderment. Wolmyeong Dong‘s wintry beauty is a sight to behold – pure, magical, and awe-inspiring. God reveals his majesty and glory through the flurry of snow and ice, and the biting cold where only the bravest souls will endure. One such person was Pastor Joshua Jung Myung Seok.

Pastor Joshua Jung grew up in Womyeong Dong, his hometown, enduring this cold while making himself and this place into a masterpiece of God. Today, he stands as an example that anyone – with God’s protection and love – can overcome the winter of their lives and make themselves into a pure, magical and awe-inspiring masterpiece that no one can deny.

The sun quickly sets in winter, and Wolmyeong Dong freezes deeply to lower than 10deg Celsius. Yet, in the biting cold and darkest of nights, we celebrate Christmas in Wolmyeong Dong with the Holy Son with christmas lights across the Holy Land!

Enjoy the serenity of the night in the Natural Temple in this video:

Do Things as Much as Your Abilities Allow — Wolmyeong dong

Trying to change people, or even yourself, is a huge task. But it is possible.

Take it step by step, like the Israelites entering the land of Canaan and defeating the 31 tribes one, or a few, at a time.

This post below contains the story behind the construction of Wolmyeong Dong‘s Holy Son House of Love, by Pastor Joshua Jung Myung Seok and Providence members. In many ways, the lessons within apply to the construction of our own lives too.

If we persevere and do it with close consultation with God through prayer, we can truly be a grand masterpiece that will shine throughout eternity.

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