Serving community and revitalization of rural church through senior citizen school

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Korean 
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2007 
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Korea has not been prepared for the aged society. The increase of elderly population when creates serious problems not only for the elderly themselves but also for their families, communities, and nation as a whole. Up until now, the Korean government has operated passive welfare policy of "family care first, social welfare later" to deal with elderly problems. However, such policy can only support low income elderly and it can not handle the complex and diverse needs of the ever-increasing elderly population. This means that churches must participate in sharing and serving. One of many problems Korean churches have today is that they have focused on external growth and not paid attention to the needy, which brought severe social criticism and stagnation or reduction of growth. The elderly are the disadvantaged no matter how we see it. And they are neglected people and they need help. If Korean churches can not serve the elderly, then Christians are not serving the disadvantaged, neglected, and needy people and not doing their duties as Christians. For this reason, the author started Gajo Gilbeot Edcation Center for the Elderly at Gajo Church, a typical Korean rural church. Through the Education Center for the Elderly, Gajo Church is having its second development period. It presents a new hope for the churches operating in rural areas where the super aged society has already arrived. 
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