There's a church that sits atop a Fort Mill hill. It's a beacon to Koreans who call this area home.
The church, still in its infancy stage, is led by Pastor Norm Johnson.
But he doesn't minister in English. Instead, he speaks the native tongue of Koreans as they gather Sundays at Korean Bible Baptist Church.
"We are a bridge between the Korean culture and the regular American culture," said Johnston, who has used his ministry for about 20 years to reach and lead Koreans to God.
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"It's the truth," said Johnston, who lived in Korea for 12 years. "They need salvation just like everyone else."
The seven-week ministry is an outreach of Bible Baptist Church. The Korean ministry is anchored in Bible Baptist's gym, where it connects Koreans to God. But some often disconnect to any religion, Pastor Jim Parrish said.
"We see that so many foreigners are moving to the United State and are often neglected and unchurched," Parrish said. "The Koreans are often Buddhist, and when they move to the United States, they stop attending church."
But a church with a language barrier is an obstacle.
"People around the world are moving to America, and we want to reach them," Parrish said. "If there's a language barrier, and they can't speak English, then we need to try to reach them in their language."
That's where Korean Bible Baptist comes in. Members meet 10 a.m. Sunday for Sunday school at the gym, which is divided into three sections for children, teens and adults. The teens and adults reunite for worship that begins at an hour later.
After church, everyone comes together for dinner, Johnston said.
"The fellowship is the eating," Johnston, a professor at Ambassador Baptist College in North Carolina, said. "Dinner is time for Koreans to reconnect and eat Korean food."
And membership is growing, up to about 19 people.
"That's pretty good to start with," Johnston said.
And the new ministry ushers lessons on breaking out of the box, Assistant Pastor Jerry Boyce said.
"It's good for our members and the Koreans to see that we can work together to meet spiritual needs," Boyce said. "It's good that our members can see that we can get out of our comfort zone to help."
For details on Korean Bible Baptist Church, call 547-2761.