“Mr Shongjongbuk… my name Shonjong… Shon…jon5g,” said the man wearing a yellow T-shirt with “Jesus Loves You” printed in black. Even on his hat there is a a pro-Jesus message: Jesus = Heaven. No Jesus = Hell.”
He stands out simply because he is not anywhere near a church or a believers’ congress. He is standing bang outside the entrance of the Olympic Village which is used by athletes to walk in and out of their temporary accommodation for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Olympics are Olympics because they attract all kinds from all walks of life. When he types out his name on a smart phone, it turns out that he is Mr Jeng Seong Wook from Seoul, South Korea.
Wook speaks no English except photo, yes, no, name and “Do you believe in Jesus?” Wook happily poses for pictures whenever requested because he can then ask the person asking him to pose about whether he/she believes in Jesus? “You believe Jesus,” he asks.
With next to none English and no knowledge of Portuguese, the South Korean has really taken everything out of his hands to survive this trip to Rio.
First Published On : Aug 20, 2016 16:15 IST