Somang Society, alongside Geun-Sun Park, a missionary who has been serving in Africa, helped to build 238 wells and three schools for children in Africa. Park expressed his gratitude toward Somang Society--a non-profit that has focused on building wells and also does work to help the Korean elderly in southern California--in being able to participate in this work and provide clean drinking water for some 200,000 people.
One Heart Ministry, one of the most active cultural ministries in the Los Angeles area, will be hosting the “Water Together Concert,” or WTcon for short, alongside Korean Christian media, Oriental Mission Church (OMC), Abundant Life Korean Church, New Life Oasis Church, and other churches on March 28.
On March 8, Christian collegians gathered at New Life Community Church in Artesia, California to attend SOLA Conference. In the breakout sessions, many speakers continued on the topic of “Becoming What We Behold” in different aspects of the Christian walk. One such breakout session was “Faith and Our Future” led by Dr. Danny Kim, who is currently the Principal of Corona High School.
Biola's 86th Annual Missions Conference: "The Lord Invites Us into the Work of Transforming the World"
Some 2,000 Biola students—and even non-students—gathered at the university for Biola’s 86th annual Missions Conference, this year with the theme, "Greater: Compelled by the I AM.” The three-day conference, which took place from March 11 to 13, offered seven keynote sessions and 18 different breakout sessions, all focused on missions: who mission work is for, and doing the work in freedom and with authority.
The idea that the church in America is experiencing a stagnancy or even a decline is one that is shared by many. In the midst of the alleged stagnancy, however, are many ever-growing churches, many of which are churches with young congregations. Dr. Sang-Hoon Lee, a professor of Missiology at Fuller Theological Seminary, discussed these young churches during his lecture titled, “An Innovative Pastoral Ministry...
College is a crucial time in an individual’s formation of identity and purpose. As such, some students are driven to seek identity and purpose in the gospel and become actively involved in church or para-church ministries. For others, this period presents more confusion and chaos and perhaps drives them away from religion altogether. The SOLA Conference, an annual conference for collegians hosted by a partnership of four local churches was started in 2013 for the very purpose of creating a space in which college students can be reminded of what the gospel means in their daily lives as well as their long-term plans, and to show them that there is a community they can turn to in the midst of confusing times.
“Most recent statistics report that every day, nearly 5,760 children become orphans, accumulating to over 2.1 million orphaned children each year in Africa alone. 12% of all children in Sub-Saharan Africa are orphans and of those children, 5.7 million were orphaned in just 2010. The growing number of children contributing to this statistic are orphans victimized by AIDS who add to this figure every 15 seconds and have unfortunately...
Phyllis Sortor (71), a missionary who had been abducted by a group of armed men in central Nigeria in late February, is confirmed to have been released and has returned to the United States. “We thank God Phyllis Sortor, Free Methodist missionary to Nigeria, was safely released today, Friday, March 6, early evening Nigeria time, into the care of authorities and Free Methodist Church leaders,” the Free Methodist Church, of which Sortor is a member, said in a statement.
Racial Integration and Reconciliation Must Happen with Engagement and Relationships, Ministry Leaders Say
Talks on racial tensions have continuously been at the forefront of conversation over the past few months, and such discussions cannot be left out from the city of Los Angeles, one of the most racially diverse cities in the nation. During the recent TogetherLA Conference, a conference in which some 1,500 Christians from various backgrounds gathered to learn and discuss how to more effectively love the city of Los Angeles, discussions on race were a significant portion of the conference.
Hyeon-Soo Lim, a Korean Canadian pastor who led Light Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is thought to be detained in North Korea. Family and friends lost contact with him after he made a trip to Najin, North Korea on January 30. More specifically, he initially arrived in North Korea on January 27 and went to Najin on the 30th, but he lost contact with individuals outside of North Korea after he went into Pyongyang on the 31st.
Los Angeles is a city with diverse groups of people in all aspects – ethnically, socioeconomically, religiously, and vocationally, to name a few. In such a city as this, ministers and pastors may wonder how to more effectively love those in the surrounding communities through the church. Such ideas on how the church can love the city were discussed on February 26, the first day of TogetherLA, a three-day conference in which over 1,500 individuals from ministries, churches, non-profits, businesses, and schools gathered to learn and discuss how to love the city of Los Angeles.
Pastor Tim Keller, the lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, was featured as one of the main plenary speakers for the TogetherLA Conference, a conference at which individuals from various backgrounds gathered to learn and discuss how they can more actively love the city of Los Angeles. On Friday morning, which was focused on the social challenges of Los Angeles, Keller shared that the gospel lived out would and should tangibly change societal norms and attitudes, and thereby change conditions of society as a whole. He shared that this has already happened in history.
Reverend Phyllis Sortor, a missionary from the Free Methodist Church in Seattle, was kidnapped by a group of armed men in Nigeria that is now demanding $300,000 in exchange for her release, according to reports on Tuesday. Sortor, who is a U.S. citizen, was at Hope Academy in Kogi state at the time of the abduction, which took plalce around 10:30 AM local time, according to NBC News. NBC further reports that there were five armed men who raided the school, but the raid resulted only in the abduction of Sortor; no injuries or deaths were reported.
Korean seminarians who are studying in the southern California region have been gathering every month to pray for world missions, the U.S., Korea, Korean reunification, and various other topics. These prayer gatherings started last month,...
Chang-Hwan Park, the director of Underwood University’s Mission Center, held a mission seminar series from Feb. 9, starting 10 AM. Despite the rain and bad weather lately in Atlanta area, the seminar hall was packed with students and pastors who wanted to listen to Park’s insight.