July 2009


My first three days here in Korea was spent with the Noh family in Daejeon.  They are members of Sansung Church and Joshua is a member of the Nambu Conference of the Southern Conference of the Methodist Church in Korea young adult exchange. Yoon blessed us by taking us to Gyrongju, Jeonju, Pohang, Jinju and Gweangiu.  We visited Independence Hall , experienced fried Red Ginseng with honey, the 2009 7th Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival,

Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower

traditional Korean housing and food. We met a lot of business owners and people in the community working with the health department through Yoon.  

We visited 5:00am worship service and prayer on Friday and Monday.  The ferverent effectual prayers of hundreds of believers daily are described as

Dream Worship At Sansung Methodist Church

Dream Worship At Sansung Methodist Church

the engine to do God’s work by Rev. Ji who spends at least two hours a day in prayer. I attended the Dream Worship bi-lingual worship service at Sansung was blessed by the praise and worship as well as Pastor May who preached a powerful message.

I had the blessing of waking up on Prayer Mountain in Korea this morning.[i]The young Adults of the Southern Conference of the Methodist Church and the Young Adults of the Baltimore Washington Conference have been on a joint prayer retreat since Tuesday and we are concluding our time here on Prayer Mountain. We are inside this morning because of the rain but the experience of a prayer retreat in the midst of current world history is slightly overwhelming.  The global recession is devastating to many countries, poverty and illiteracy are easily overlooked as we focus on our own experience of working to live rather than living to work. Girls in many nations are being kidnapped and forced into prostitution yet the church has been silent. Our building projects, fellowship dinners and multiple committee meetings seem to be preventing the church from engaging the serious issues of ministry and mission that are not just located in our local communities but should be the common enemy of all Christians. The opportunity to turn off the busyness of our everyday lives and concentrate for 24 + hours on the needs of others, to listen to the Voice of God through the Scriptures and in my spirit has a recalibrating effect on my life and my commitment to personal prayer, study, simplicity and silence in connecting with God daily.

            One of the spiritual cultural differences that I have experienced here in Korea is getting up for “early morning prayer.”  It is no longer a phenomenon but a daily part of my life after 7 days.  The lesson is that we can take daily time for set aside prayer by reordering our priorities. There have been up to 1000 people at the 5:00am worship and many stayed for prayer afterwards.  One observation is that it appeared that more than half of the congregation walked to church and left to catch public transportation to work.  There were also prayer services all week at various times. Sansung Church is one of the two churches that I will be preaching at on Sunday.  Thank you for keeping us  in your prayers.

It has stopped raining and the sun is beginning to shine.  There are also several other people waiting to use the computer.

 


[i] Prayer Mountain is a Christian retreat in South Korea, operated by the Yoido Full Gospel Church, Korea’s largest church. It is located in Jori-myeon, Paju, in northern Gyeonggi province near the Demilitarized Zone. It has facilities for 10,000 people.

 Here is the common prayer guide that everyone’s prayer partners will be using.  Also you can check out our blog each day www. yakorea.wordpress.com

I may be posting to Twitter and Facebook but I have not worked out the details of getting a netbook so I may not have access to a computer.

Korea Trip Prayer Guide

 July 15-16 – Pray for safe travel and a good first impression with the Korean Methodist Church.

 July 17-18 – Pray for our first night with our 1st host family. Pray that we would handle the language barrier well and adjust to a new culture the taste of Korean food. Pray especially for Liz Baker.

 July 19 – Pray for us as we worship in our Korean host churches and for  Pastor Brian and Rev. Chaney as they preach and talk about all God is doing in their churches in the USA.

  July 20 – Pray for the team as they attend daily early morning (4am) prayer meetings and learn about Korean spirituality. Pray for Rev. Park.

  July 21 – Pray for our team as we move to our second host family and adjust to a new location. Pray especially for Franeka Kirby.

  July 22-23 – Pray for God’s Spirit to work among us as we work together with our Korean hosts. Pray for those in the VBS classes that we lead. Pray especially for Georgiana Spillman.

  July 24 – Pray for peace between North and South Korea as our team visits the DMZ. Pray especially for Mary Stortstrom.

  July 25 – Pray that God would deepen our appreciation for his world and strengthen us. Pray especially for Kevin Holmes.

  July 26 – Pray for our team as we worship together and seek God for a fresh spiritual awakening.  

 July 27 – Pray for our team as we attend a retreat with our Korean brothers and sisters. Pray that God would strengthen our friendships for His glory.

  July 28 – Pray for new ideas for ministry during our retreat.

 July 29 – Pray for a safe return trip!

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Frederick Douglass