The Korean war in the 1950s left the nation totally battered with pain and sorrow. It was left devastated with streets full of orphans and beggars.
Kwanglim Methodist Church
God, however, granted this land new hope through the churches. One of the churches God worked through was Kwangheemun church, the forerunner of Kwanglim. In no time Kwangheemun church became overloaded with rejoicing people who learned the secret of the Gospel of hope. This led to the establishment of a branch church in 1953 which was named 'Kwangheemun 2nd Church
Thanks to the wholehearted prayers offered by the members of Kwanheemun 2nd church, a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a church building was held in1954.. This was one year after the opening of the branch service at the Koya temple and when the name of the church was changed to 'Kwanglim'. Kwanglim comes from the first syllable of Kwangheemun church and the second syllable of Ssanglim-dong, which is where the new church is to be constructed. It means the burning bush which has its origin in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 3, from the story of the flames of fire from within a bush.
The Lord blessed the land of Kwanglim as a holy land, He gave the church a mission to light the world as the flames from the bush did. Faithful members of Kwanglim and the church, which grew over time, became a model for the churches in Korea and offered spiritual leadership for the people and the nation at large. Such remarkable growth was built upon Rev. Sundo Kim's outstanding ministerial philosophy granted by God. Now, the Lord has placed Kwanglim church under the leadership of Rev. Chungsuk Kim to heal and light the world and to stand in the forefront, illuminating the path to the future.
John Wesley, founder of Methodism, stressed on the need to extend the teachings of Jesus to the society. He said Christians should reach out and declare the words of salvation in the social context. According to his teachings, Kwanglim church is committed to share God's blessing by spreading the Gospel and will of God.
In a hope to bring as many souls before the Lord, Kwanglim church has set up a Welfare foundation and is operating a Welfare Center to provide quality programs and services to the local community. In addition, Kwanglim Social Service Center is constructed through which better welfare programs and well advanced systems are to be developed. To cater to the cultural needs of the congregation and community members, cultural events such as art exhibition, music performance, and opera are hosted at BBC Hall, JangCheon Art Hall and Gallary