Rev. Son Yang-won (1902-1950) was born in Haman, South Gyeongsang Province, graduated from the Pyongyang Theological School and served as a pastor for leprosy patients. He refused to visit a Japanese shrine (1940) and took office as the head of Anyang Rehabilitation Hospital (1945), the eldest son and second son of the Yeosun Incident (1948).
Reverend Son Yang-won’s historical assessment is important. Still, most of all, the fact that he cared for Hansen’s patients with the love of Christ, refused to visit the shrine to Japanese colonial era and took the man who killed his sons as his adopted son must have been the true heart of Jesus Christ.
The martyrdom memorial hall of Son Yang-won in Yeosu was built to commemorate the deep faith and endless love of Rev. Son Yang-won, who valued Job’s hardships and patience more than Solomon’s wealth and wisdom and is home to Son Yang-won’s monument, the third father’s graveyard, and Seongsan Church, which was pastoralized as his alma mater.
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The pastor who greeted us as he closed the martyrdom memorial hall of Son Yang-won in Yeosu was Son Dong-Gil, a well-off man of Son Yang-won. He said he couldn’t see the memorial hall because he was on his way home from work, but he took some time to talk about the life of Pastor Son Yang-won when he said we were from Seoul. Listening to Pastor Son Yang-won’s commentary, I once again felt that we should remember Son Yang-won’s love of Christ more than anything else.
I remember nine thanks from Reverend Son Yang-won, the atomic bomb of love, and Reverend Son Dong-Gil responded with the 10th gratitude.