It was a day to relax. I showed S around. It is August 12th.
He wanted to see my campus so we went there first. He was impressed by the new buildings and the design. Then we went up past the campus to see a small temple. After that, we ate cold noodles with bean sauce at the outdoor restaurant beside the campus.
The restaurant is located at the head of a trail that leads through Namsan forest to Beomeosa. It is a gentle green path with few hikers. It was enjoyable and seemed to relax S. We took our time and stopped to rest and observe frequently. We got to Sangma Village which is next to Beomeo Temple. Today I learned that Beomeo is named after a fish and that the mountain, Geumjeong, means golden fish. Anyway, we had ice tea at a refreshment stand near the temple, then went down to the creek to cool off our feet in the clean clear mountain stream. S enjoyed poking around the temple complex. A lot of it is newly constructed, and machinery was there tearing down one of the buildings that had become decayed and dilapidated. S found it all intriguing and he took lots of pictures.
We took a bus back home at around 3:30. We sat in a parked bus because the door had been left open and the radio on, thinking it was about to leave, and other passengers followed us. Nothing happened for about 15 minutes, so we got out and found the correct bus stop.
After a siesta, S wanted to take me to dinner. I lead him down the main road looking for a chicken soup place I had seen. We never found it, but we came across a fabulous duck house with a great deal on a single traditional barbecue duck meals. It was fresh and delicious.
S, who tends to eat too much, wanted ice cream as usual, so I took him to the café and gelato restaurant near my home. Over his cappuchino flavoured ice cream and my pink grapefruit ice cream, he revealed what was really going on with his organization. Basically, it is no longer functioning and he is flying solo. He tells me that he retired a few years ago at his wife’s insistence, leaving it in the hands of a lawyer who had been his co-worker and the co-worker and other staff got over enthusiastic for fundraising and less enthusiastic for the cause, so that they were charged for fraud. They swindled a few hundred seniors, and got pro-nukes Republicans to donate millions of dollars. $65 MILLION was reclaimed through a court process and S ended up being a state witness against the organization he had founded and run for over 20 years. All the more scandalous because S and his family have been running a senior’s nursing home for generations.
So much for the NGO approach. The NGO system attracts frauds and crooks.
S wants to give the AWC a big donation but I am strongly opposed for obvious reasons. He does not have money. He is just trying to make an impression. I suppose he also feels like he owes it.
Pastor J contacted me and he will take time from his very busy schedule to meet S at the bus station and see to it that he is taken care of for his last couple of days in Korea. He will even see to it that he is accompanied to the airport.