Understanding and instituting a victim-centered rather than a criminal approach to human trafficking is the aim of the Judges' Conference on Domestic Human Trafficking, an event sponsored by The Samaritan Women (www.thesamaritanwomen.org) that will gather nationally recognized anti human trafficking experts here from across the country on Feb. 20.
During a recent visit to Boise, Idaho, President Obama met with the family of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran for his Christian faith. President Obama told Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Saeed Abedini, that bringing Abedini home to the U.S. is a “top priority.”
Korean Church Leaders to Continue Prayer Movement throughout the Country for the "Spiritual Revival" of the Nation
Korean church leaders have officially begun an intercessory prayer movement for the nation. The Korean Christian Council in America (KCCA) and the Jesus Awakening Movement of America (JAMA) will be leading “The United Prayer Movement of Local Churches for the City and for America” in various cities in the nation, starting in Orange County, to Dallas, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Seattle.
19 Korean Christian youths from Korea came to stay at Los Angeles for a month to not only experience American culture, but also receive spiritual training. The program is called ‘School for Future Leaders’ (SFL). There are numerous programs offered from Korea that allows youth to tour the U.S. and experience American culture, but SFL offers an emphasis on spiritual training.
Los Angeles is a unique city with diverse groups of people ethnically as well as socioeconomically, and the city itself contains various neighborhoods that are vastly different from each other: Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Echo Park, Koreatown, Little Ethiopia, South Central, Compton, Little Tokyo, and Downtown, to name a few—all in one city. Recognizing the importance and uniqueness of Los Angeles as a city, Christian leaders in various contexts, including churches, non-profits, government, and entertainment, have decided to gather at the upcoming ‘TogetherLA,’ in hopes to equip and connect Christian leaders to love the city more effectively.
Jesus’ Way, the worship band that has been leading worship at Sooyoungro Presbyterian Church’s Friday late night worship services, has arrived in Atlanta. “We’re holding on to Mark 1:2-3, and striving to be like John the Baptist, whose voice cried out in the desert to reveal Jesus and who did not glorify himself."
Next month, thousands of Christian media and ministry professionals will make their way to the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, to network, to discover new resources, and to expose themselves to the latest tips, trends, and insights in their field of work.
In developing countries around the world, a common sight is that of women and children carrying water buckets and walking for miles to get water from the closest water well. Such is also the case in Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country in which the United Nations said the water conditions are the third worst in the world as of 2012.
Sarang Community Church, located in Anaheim, CA, gave $50,000 in their Christmas offering to help treat those with blindness or sight impairments. The offering was given to Vision Care, a relief organization that offers medical aid to those with sight impairments, through which approximately 400 people would have the potential to be treated.
The Korea World Missions Association (KWMA) released a study on Jan. 8 which showed that as of December 2014, there are 26,677 Korean missionaries in 170 different countries all over the world. Although the number of Korean missionaries has been on the rise, the amount of increase in 2014—an increase of 932 Korean missionaries—was less than that of 2013, during which 1,003 additional missionaries were sent to mission fields.
Heard from the intersection of Union Street and Main Street on the first Saturday morning of 2015 (Jan. 3) were the strong, passionate voices of the pastors in New York Evangelism Fellowship sharing the gospel to passersby on the street. Members of New York Evangelism Fellowship, a Korean evangelistic group, meet every Saturday at the Flushing public parking lot, and share the gospel indiscriminately to Koreans and non-Koreans alike. Despite the icy winds, these members came out once again on Jan. 3 to share the gospel with the members of the community.
On Tuesday night, Korea Campus Crusade for Christ’s annual “Higher Calling” Conference had its fifth main plenary session. The overall purpose for this year’s conference was to motivate the youth and college students to be a light to their world. In this particular session, the national director of Korea Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC) USA, Dong Whan Kim, spoke and preached from John 9:1-12 as his son, David Kim—who is also serving as a full-time KCCC staff—translated. The passage was on Jesus healing a man who was born blind.
Many young Christians may wonder about how to live out their faith after college when they are no longer kept accountable for their walk with God through their brothers and sisters in Christ. At Higher Calling Conference (HCC), a Christian young-adult conference hosted by Korea Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC) that challenges the young generation to live out missional lives, attendees were invited to listen in on a panel where they could hear testimonies from various people from the work force about their walk with God in the real world.
On Tuesday, December 23, Greg Stier—one of the speakers at Higher Calling Conference (HCC), an annual conference hosted by Korea Campus Crusade for Christ for youth and college students—presented HCC attendees with an intense message challenging them to go out and evangelize. As the founder and president of Dare 2 Share ministries, an evangelistic ministry, Stier emphasized, “My main point is go outside the walls. Let’s worship here, pray here, but let’s get out to our families, friends, neighbors, classmates, teammates…
On Monday night of Higher Calling Conference, a missions-focused conference held annually by Korea Campus Crusade for Christ, Pastor Eugene Cho of Quest Church gave a message about the need to be the light in our communities. As someone who believes in young people and their importance in the church today, Cho came to encourage the students attending the conference.