When I attended the 2005 IYF World Camp in Korea, I was impressed by the testimony of a student from South Africa. Her name was DooDoo and she overcame so many obstacles just to attend World Camp. We spent those 4 weeks together, sharing our hearts and our testimonies. When I became a Good News Corps volunteer, I immediately thought of DooDoo and decided to serve in South Africa with the hopes of meeting her again.
I couldn’t wait to pay DooDoo a surprise visit. When I went to visit her in the slums where she lived, her mother told me that she had died of AIDS. Upon hearing the news, I felt so devastated, and couldn’t stop crying. From that day on, I made it a point to visit DooDoo’s neighborhood whenever I could to preach the Gospel to children suffering and dying of AIDS. This became my dream.
I returned to Korea and started a medical internship. I barely slept an hour each day and there were moments that I felt exhausted, but thinking about my dream rejuvenated me and gave me the strength to press on. I believed there would come a day I go back to Africa to cure the sick. Now I am a doctor and I am getting closer and closer to my dream.
So Young Park – 5th Class, South Africa