The Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD) held a farewell and welcome ceremony for the NSD Presidents on November 4, 2017, at the Sahmyook Central Church in Seoul, Korea. During the ceremony, the retiring NSD president Jairyong Lee handed over his presidency to the new president Si Young Kim.
Lee has been leading NSD with his excellent leadership and the wisdom God has given him for 14 years and 6 months. With the motto of 'Mission First’, he initiated the Pioneer Mission Movement(PMM), His Hands Mission Movement, Golden Angels, Mission Day, Communication and Leadership Advancement Program(CLAP) and many others. When he was a dean of AIIAS Theological Seminary, he founded 1000 Missionary Movement.
The newly elected president Si Young Kim is a man of prayer, mission spirit, and excellent leadership with a wide experience at the local Conference, Union Conference, and various institutions. He served as Union Conference Youth Director, 1000 Missionary Movement director, Adventist Language Institute director, President of Korean Publishing House. Before he was elected as the new NSD president, he served as director of NSD Adventist Mission, Pioneer Mission Movement, North Korea Mission, Mission to the cities, Center of Evangelism and etc.
All the NSD Executive Committee members, honored guests, many Adventist church leaders and members attended the farewell and welcome ceremony on this day. "It was such a privilege and blessing for me to serve our church as a division president,” said Lee during his farewell speech. “As I look back, I could see that my responsibility was so heavy and difficult to carry. If God was not there with me leading me in every moment, I could have not able to bear all the duties that I had. But God was so gracious to me."
"Dr. Si Young Kim is a man of faith and prayer and an excellent spiritual leader. He also has a good health and vigor as a young man,” Lee continued. “I am sure that he will successfully lead the mission works in NSD with God's guidance and the power of the Holy Spirit". Lee gave a 'Staff' to Kim as a symbol of leadership.
"As I think of the heavy responsibilities, I feel that I am powerless, but I am sure that the almighty God will be with me just like He did with Moses and Joshua. With this faith, I will trust in the Lord who is the source of wisdom and power,” said Kim in a speech. “He will show me the way and guide us." Let us move forward with the gospel commission that God has given to the remnant church and use all our resources and strength to share the Three Angels messages with 1.6 billion people in our territory.”
P. D. Chun, former president of NSD, offered a special prayer for Lee and Kim. Also, General Conference vice president, Ella Simmons gave a special congratulatory speech for the presidents.
MinHo Joo, assistant to the president for the NSD, will take over the position of Si Young Kim together with his other responsibilities. We pray that God will bless the retiring president Jairyong Lee and Mrs. Lee as well as the new NSD president Si Young Kim and Mrs. Kim with good health and heavenly wisdom.