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Missions Incredible South Korea sends more missionaries than… 
11th-Mar-2006 06:19 am


Missions Incredible
South Korea sends more missionaries than any country but the U.S. And it won't be long before it's number one.

Has anyone seen this article in the current issue of ChristianityToday? I saw the cover of the magazine but I haven't read the article yet. Here is the link: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/003/16.28.html

If you read it before I get around to it let me know what think. If other Koreans have a tendency to be like UBFers this could be a scary prospect. What does this say about the state of Christianity in America? Why are Koreans so anxious to go out as missionaries? Conversely, why are Americans so reluctant? Look forward to seeing what the article actually says and hearing your comments. Wonder if it mentions UBF?
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13th-Mar-2006 07:48 am (UTC)
Next Pentecost

Kang and the association plan to send 100,000 full-time Korean missionaries by 2030. They hope to mobilize 50 percent of Korean churches to be involved in missions, recruit 1 of every 300 Korean Christians to become missionaries, adopt 200 unreached people groups every five years, and send 1 million tentmakers into difficult-access countries by 2020.

Sound familiar? UBF is currently praying to send out 100,000 missionaries by 2041, establish a house church for every North American college campus, and make America a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
It's an ambitious plan, and not everyone believes it is practical. Steve Moon says the project is "unrealistic." The mission infrastructure is already overwhelmed, he says. Currently the infrastructure in Korea can only support about 5,000 missionaries. The only way to send 100,000 missionaries would be to include tentmakers in the definition of a missionary. One pastor on the board of KWMA says that although he didn't vote against the project, it is too ambitious. Koreans' ambition can be a problem, he says, and this is a good example.

"We Koreans need to have a vision and goal for the future,"

Here we go again. We Koreans? How about we Christians? Or better yet, why don't we ask God what His will is for us rather than telling Him what our will is for Him?
So what happens if, despite immense hurdles, South Korea manages to reach the world's estimated 6,000 unreached people groups? What if it leads 21st-century missions into Asia, the final frontier of missions, and shepherds the majority world as it takes up its role in fulfilling the Great Commission? What happens if Korea's missions miracle continues?

Interesting question. What Koreans are we talking about? UBF missionaries? I am all for Christians reaching out to the unreached people groups. However, I think we should be sure that the Gospel being preached is Biblical and that the missionaries are there to expand God's kingdom and not their own. If that happens, I could care less if it happens to be Korean missionaries who accomplish the task. Although, in the end it is not any human agent that reaches the lost, it is a result of the Holy Spirit's leading.
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