With the sound of Koreans speaking their native language in the background, residents got a taste of the country’s food and culture Saturday during St. Luke United Methodist Church’s annual Korean bazaar.
David Edwards, a member of the church since 1998, attended the event to support the church and get his fill of Korean food.
“I’ve been married to a Korean for 30 years,” he said. “I love the food.”
More than 2,000 tickets, about 500 pounds of meat and about 1,600 yakimando, or Korean egg rolls, were sold during the event, said the Rev. Chansoon Lim, senior pastor at the church. The church will use the proceeds from the event for a new building and scholarships for students.
Christine Bang, a member of the church, came to the event with her family.
“There’s a lot of uniqueness (to being Korean),” she said.
Edwards, a retired sergeant major, was deployed three times to Korea, where he met his wife, Kwang Edwards.
“It’s a very old culture. Religion is very important,” Edwards said. “When you travel throughout Korea, you see churches everywhere. When you ride a train down the railroad tracks, you see buildings everywhere that have either a cross on top of it or a cross painted on it.”
Lim said he was excited to share his culture with others in the community.
“It’s a sharing moment for the community. Korean people are very hospitable,” he said. “We work with others and invite others. We’re sharing who we are and what we do. That’s very important.”