Gilran Hong – A Gastronomic Adventure
June 17, 2014
Gilran Hong comes from South Korea and spent three months in our Singapore office learning about TWR’s ministry. Petite, animated, and with an adventurous spirit, Gilran explored many places and different types of food in Singapore which led her on a real gastronomic adventure!
Let’s hear what she has to say about her time in Singapore.
Tell us about yourself, and how you came to know about TWR.
I’m a senior at Handong Global University in Korea, majoring in Korean law and economics. Last year, I heard about a volunteer opportunity at TWR from my school. It was the first time I learned about this ministry.
Tell us about your overall experience regarding your time at TWR Asia.
I got very excited when I first heard that I would be coming to Singapore, as I had never been there before. I knew I wanted to volunteer as I was looking forward to understanding what a Christian ministry like TWR was doing in other parts of Asia.
The 3 months in Singapore were a very special period for me. It was a journey of self-discovery as well as building relationships. I learned much more about myself when I immersed myself in an unknown culture. I also got to see what God was doing in this part of Southeast Asia. It was all very encouraging to me. Before I came here, I had no idea how I could get involved in God’s ministry, but now I have a much better idea.
What was your main role? What were some things you learnt?
As I was attached to the Media Services team, I mainly supported my colleagues in the team. My first task was doing research on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) matters. Since TWR is working with many volunteers for translation, it is important to know about IPR laws and policies. I also helped do research on potential partnerships with churches and Christian organizations in Korea that are also in radio ministry.
One thing I learned through my volunteer role is that although there are many organizations in the world who are serving our God, there are even more people out there who have never even heard the name of Jesus. This gave me a broader perspective of the spiritual state of Asia.
This being your first time in Singapore, what are some first impressions and experiences you had?
As this was my first time in Singapore, I was in for a few surprises. The most interesting thing I noticed was its cultural diversity! I had imagined that all Singaporeans looked Chinese. But now, I realized that Singapore is a melting pot. Different ethnic groups make up the population.
And because of such diverse culture, I was able to try many different kinds of food…Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Thai, and Indian, just to name a few! (Editor’s Note: Gilran really enjoyed Pad Thai!)
The other thing I heard about Singapore before I came (which proved to be true) was how clean and orderly everything was. On the whole, I really enjoyed this country!
What will you remember most about your time in Singapore?
The first thing I will remember about my time here would definitely be the staff at the office. Everyone was willing to help me with whatever needs I had and took time to show me around. It was encouraging and very touching for me. I feel sad to leave them but also glad that I had this chance to know each and every one of them.
Thank God for allowing us meet, share our lives, and pray for each other! Shalom!