relevents: Major Soo Jung Kim
Major Soo Jung Kim, private secretary for the Territorial Commander’s Office, talks with SAConnects about the “halftime” of her officership, how the arts have played a significant role in her life, and how her marriage reflects her ministry.
This period in my life is “halftime.” This year will mark the 20th year of my officership, and I have 18 years of active duty to go. I’m so happy to be at this stage, having gained so much wisdom. I can honestly say that I spent the first half of my officership learning. Of course, in the years to come, I will learn much more, but for now, I need to see how I will apply what I’ve already learned. I ask myself, Where is this wonderful adventure taking me now, and what can I contribute? It’s so different from when I entered my first year. I was like a small bird learning to fly. Today, every day is a flight with Christ.
Art lives in every one of us. Since I moved to America at the age of 11, art has been a part of my life. As a young girl, I was timid, could not speak the language, and didn’t have a means of expressing myself. I often found myself imagining, sketching, and drawing. Doing so created a world where I felt safe. As an officer, art became essential to how I expressed Christ to others. As with sacred dance, art can move people beyond words. One day after I had finished a dance performance at a senior home, a woman got up and swiftly danced across the floor as if she were in the arms of the Savior. God delights in His creations. If we’re His children and made in His image, then surely we too are artists!
I am drawn to the colors of the world. I simply can’t imagine the world in black and white. Today, my job involves seeing the differences and the beauty of people in ministry, expressing their own colors. I also love the colors of winter. They are stronger and more defined than colors seen during the rest of the year.
This is my 27th year of marriage to Major Young Sung Kim. No one person has had more of an influence on me than my husband. Because I am a visual person, it was hard for me to express myself in speaking or in writing. He has infused in me the ability and the confidence to speak my mind and to be a woman who can share her wisdom. We love and respect each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Together we form a community, one that is constantly growing and changing. The growth in our marriage reflects positively on our ministry.
My children are the sunshine that warms my heart. My youngest has just finished college, so now they are both completely on their own. I am so thankful that they have always been good, responsible people, and now they have developed their own “wings” to carry them into adulthood. This is a new stage in their lives, and in mine. I’ve guided and nurtured them. Now, they teach me as much as I teach them.
Interview by Hugo Bravo