On June 11, the 2016 Youth Peace Soccer Tournament was held in Wolmyeongdong, the Natural Temple. People were so deeply engrossed that they had even forgotten how hot the summer was. The games were separated into two leagues: one for junior high teams and the other for high school teams. A total of nine teams participated in the tournament.
▲ Pastor Jung Beom Seok delivers the opening ceremony message.
Pastor Jung Beom Seok who delivered the message at the opening ceremony began by saying, “Soccer should be played in the most peaceful and natural way. But then still, there must be order. Order comes from a heart that loves others as yourself and a heart that makes peace with others.” He also added, “Ultimately the most important thing is not scoring ten goals and winning first prize; rather, it is to help others, love them as yourself, and acknowledge them,” emphasizing one of the key principles of Pastor Jung Myeong Seok of the Christian Gospel Mission.
▲ The Wild Ginseng team from Wolmyeongdong and Geumsan play against the Loyal Vassal team from Daejeon.
The Peace Soccer on this day revealed the mentality of Peace Soccer considerably more than any other day. Instead of playing tough and rough soccer, firstmost, the players were considerate towards others by reaching out their hands to help their friends who had fallen or gotten hurt. But the one thing that drew the most attention of all was the fact that everyone rushed over to sincerely congratulate the team that had won, once the game was over. I thought that this may perhaps be the true image of Peace Soccer. It was a fantastic time. Pastor Jung Myeong Seok’s teaching of loving and respecting lives, which was demonstrated first through his own actions, truly shone.
This was not the only thing that moved people’s hearts that day. Because the weather was so great, people felt that the Holy Trinity was especially showering them with love. Also, through nature, which is God’s work of art, the magnificent Yongdam Dam with its surrounding mountains made for a great view, and the refreshing rain that poured down a few times during the games provided a grand spectacle. It moved our hearts and left a strong impression on us. There were many young people giving glory to the Trinity for giving us such nice weather.
▲ People congratulate Team Loyal Vassal from Daejeon for winning first place.
After the competition, Lee Hyun Gil, a high schooler from Geumsan High School and goalkeeper from the Wolmyeongdong and Geumsan Wild Ginseng Team, shared his thoughts, “This soccer competition was the most meaningful and beautiful one out of all the soccer tournaments I’ve ever participated in. I truly thank Pastor Jung Myeong Seok who started Peace Soccer, and I wish the mentality that Peace Soccer teaches will cover the earth.”
On this day, the Loyal Vassal high school team from Daejeon won the Team Championship, and their player as well as tournament MVP, Im Jeong Won (Daejeon Myeongseok High School), remarked, “Preparing for the soccer tournament, all of our team members set a 1000-minute prayer condition together and endeavored to play Peace Soccer. Even though we lack in skills, the Holy Trinity saw our condition and commended our efforts with the championship.”
Lastly, Kang Joo Hyun (Geumsan High School), the captain of the Wolmyeongdong and Geumsan Wild Ginseng team, expressed, “I tried to lead the team thinking, How can the team become united and run with the Lord’s shimjeong? So we called out to the Lord more, and both the bench players and starters played the game, giving strength to each other with a heart of giving glory to the Trinity. In the end, our team went up to the semifinals and played the game for third and fourth place with the Lord, which was like the finals. Eventually, He gave us the glory of third place. I am truly thankful for being able to give glory to the Holy Trinity through Peace Soccer.”
Conveying joy and allowing all to wholeheartedly delight in the Holy Trinity’s love, the 2016 Summer Peace Soccer tournament has ended. However, Pastor Jung Myeong Seok’s mentality of love and respect for lives still continues, and we will be able to witness it once again in the Peace Soccer tournament that will be held this coming autumn. We look forward to the Autumn Peace Soccer tournament.
뜨거운 한여름의 더위도 잊게 만든 2016 청소년 평화축구 대회 개막식이 6월 11일 월명동 자연성전에서 열렸다. 중등부와 고등부로 나뉘어서 경기가 진행되었으며, 총 9팀이 출전했다.
▲ 개막식 말씀을 전하고 있는 정범석 목사
개막식에서 말씀을 전한 정범석 목사는 먼저 “축구를 가장 평화롭게 자연스럽게 하지만 그 속에 질서가 있어야 한다.” , “질서는 상대를 자신처럼 사랑하고 화평케 하는 마음”이라고 전했다. 덧붙여 ‘결국 중요한 것은 10골을 넣어 최우수상을 타는 것보다 상대를 돕고 자신의 몸처럼 사랑해주며 인정해주는 것이 중요하다’는 평소 기독교복음선교회 정명석 목사의 축구 정신을 강조했다.
▲ 월명동&금산 산삼팀과 대전 충신팀과의 경기 모습
▲ 1위를 한 대전 충신팀을 함께 축하해주고 있는 모습
이날 경기를 마치며, 고등부 월명동&금산 산삼팀에서 골키퍼 포지션을 맡았던 이현길 학생(금산고)은 “지금까지 했던 모든 축구대회 중 가장 뜻 깊고 멋진 축구대회였어요. 평화축구를 열어주신 정명석 목사님께 감사드리고 평화축구의 정신이 지구촌에 뒤덮길 소망합니다.”라며 소감을 밝혔다. 또한 이 날 고등부 ‘팀 우승’과 개인 MVP를 동시에 수상한 대전 충신팀 임정원 학생(대전 명석고)도 “축구 대회를 준비하면서 1000분 기도조건도 세우며 저희 팀 모두 평화축구를 하려고 노력을 많이 했습니다. 실력은 부족하지만 성삼위께서 우리의 조건과 노력을 보시고 우승을 하게 해주신 것 같습니다.”라는 소감을 밝히기도 했다.
마지막으로 고등부 월명동&금산 산삼팀의 주장을 맡은 강주현 학생(금산고)은 " ’어떻게 하면 팀이 하나 되고 모두가 주의 심정을 가지고 뛸 수 있을까?’ 라는 생각으로 팀을 이끌어 갈려고 했습니다. 그래서 우리 팀은 더 주님을 찾았고 영광 돌리는 마음으로 후보 선수와 선발선수가 서로 힘이 돼주며 하나 되어 경기에 임했습니다. 결국, 우리 팀은 조1위로 준결승에 올라갔으며, 결승같은 3,4위전을 주님과 함께 뛰었더니 종합 3위의 영광을 주셨습니다. 성삼위께 평화 축구로 영광 돌릴 수 있어서 너무 감사했습니다." 라고 했다.
성삼위의 사랑에 마음껏 기뻐하고 즐거워했던 2016 여름 평화축구의 막이 내려졌다. 그러나 정명석 목사의 생명을 향한 사랑과 존중의 정신은 아직도 진행 중이며 이후 오는 가을에 진행될 평화축구를 통해서도 다시 한 번 더 확인할 수 있을 것이다. 가을에 있을 평화축구를 기대해 본다.