Do, South Korea
"Prayer Mountain" today. Prayer Mountain is an area where Koreans
(and non-Koreans, of course) can come to pray. It was founded
by a Korean Methodist woman, Jun Jin, sometime not too long ago.
The area is built around a beautiful gorge in the hills. A river
suitable for white-water rafting runs through the middle of the
complex. There are several buildings for church services, individual
private accommodations for staying (some stay months), rooms for
praying, a cafeteria, various buildings, large rocks, and trails
through the hills for praying.
had heard a lot about Prayer Mountain before I visited. I had
heard of it spoken of a place to be revered. I expected a quite
quiet, peaceful place - perhaps like a monastery. It wasn't much
like that. I certainly felt like praying while I was there, but
it wasn't exactly quiet. The hills echoed with the screams and
yells of fellow prayers. It's common at Prayer Mountain for those
who really feel the need to lift up their requests and to get
the attention of God to scream out their words. It was a little
unsettling at first, but gradually I felt the urgency of their
prayers. I think that David probably screamed to the Lord at times.
I suppose it's much like that. I could understand their anguish
and distress. I've never tried shouting at God, but I think I
will try it.