JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the investigation into the crash of a Asiana Airlines Flight 214 continues, members of Jacksonville's Korean community are praying and planning ways to show their support.
Pastor Byung Choi of Zion Korean Baptist Church came to the United States 12 years ago with his wife. He's made a life here in Jacksonville, has two children ages 10 and 8, and has been a pastor at the church for 5 years. But no matter the distance, when tragedy strikes, he said Koreans pull together.
"Most of the Korean community is centered in the church. They are together in the church," said Pastor Choi.
Pastor Choi said when he learned of the crash he decided Sunday's opening worship announcement will be for the victims.
"In the service we will pray for those who hurt or die cause of crash, because it is sad as Korean members," said Pastor Choi.
Pastor Choi said about 2,000 Koreans live in Jacksonville and there are about eight churches. He said he's sure he will be receiving calls from many of his 120 church members.
Choi plans on using Sunday's fellowship lunch after worship to plan how this community can help any of the victims' families.
"Maybe some embassies, Korean embassies, they may ask for help," added Choi.
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul has tweeted out a number established by Asiana Airlines for inquiries regarding the crash.
The U.S. number is 1-800-227-4262.
First Coast News