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Dr Oh Jae Shik

Condolence message on passing away of Dr Oh Jae Shik

18 January 2013

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the recent passing of Dr OH Jae Shik, a cherished ecumenist and former colleague within the World Council of Churches. Dr OH was a beloved friend of the weak and marginalized who worked tirelessly for justice in many countries facing the challenges of poverty. His commitment and love for the people he served during his years at the Christian Conference of Asia, the World Council of Churches and the numerous organizations he sponsored in Korea are a source of inspiration for those who seek to carry on the work of loving one’s neighbour with tenderness and walking humbly with the Lord.

As we prepare to gather in Busan for the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches under the theme and prayer, “God of Life, Lead us to Justice and Peace”, his presence will be missed by many who knew him and who benefited from his years of ecumenical service. I pray that the Spirit of God will give comfort and peace to his beloved family. I pray also that the Lord will strengthen the churches in Korea to continue carrying out good works of loving service in a world crying out for justice, peace and life.

With warm brotherly greetings in the Peace of Christ,

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
WCC general secretary