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Retirement opens new doors for mission

MTI teachers and students. Photo courtesy of Ken Wakeling
SANG HEE spent the first three months of her four years in Niger dodging stones thrown by village children.

Prior to that she had been in the upper echelon of the arts community in Seoul, went to France for further education and became a Christian.

She is one of 35 South Korean missionaries currently receiving English instruction at MTI, the Missionary Training Institute, in Yeosu on the Southern coast of South Korea. After the completion of the course she is going to Sierra Leone for another four years. MTI has trained over 1500 missionaries in the past 20 years.

Scarborough’s Ken Wakeling and his wife recently spent 10 weeks as volunteer English educators at MTI.

“Though going with more than a little trepidation, the experience has proved to be one of the richest in our lives and we intend to return next year,” he said.

“After three years of retirement we had settled into a very comfortable lifestyle.

“MTI provided an opportunity for a new challenge and a feeling of making a difference.”

He said the opportunity also allowed them to explore some of the “most unspoiled and delightful places”.

Mr Wakeling said Redcliffe Uniting Church currently has several families providing overseas ministry. 

Photo : MTI teachers and students. Photo courtesy of Ken Wakeling