Leaders of a Jewish synagogue and a Christian church in Los Angeles are collaborating to give their youth an educational experience of other faith communities in the city. Temple Israel of Hollywood and Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church started this collaboration with a joint youth experience on December 6, during which a group of 13 eighth grade students from Temple Israel visited the youth service at LACPC.
SOLA Conference 2016 to Engage in 'Gospel-Shaped' Conversation on Various Complexities of Collegiate Life
Local churches in Southern California are collaborating once again to host the fourth annual SOLA Conference, a conference for college students led and organized by leaders of various local churches rather than a single church, para-church or campus ministry. The upcoming conference will be centered on the theme, “Light After Darkness,” and will explore a wide spectrum of issues that collegians may be struggling with...
A Korean American high school student, with the help of several supporters, started off the Christmas season by giving 200 pairs of new shoes to elementary school students in low-income households on December 7.
Missionaries’ kids are raising funds again this year in hopes to help provide the needs of younger missionaries’ kids as they prepare for college and their future careers. This group of missionaries’ kids, also known colloquially as “MK”s, are a part of mKommit, a group which has been providing mentorship and scholarships since 2013 to help younger MKs with emotional and financial needs as they attend college in the U.S.
As she serves people in Israel, Reverend Joyce Jung holds one philosophy dear: “Love must not only be spoken, but must also be shown in action.” Jung is the executive director of Love 153 International, a Christian non-profit organization that works with the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) to offer various services such as sewing classes, taekwondo classes, and ‘Holy Land tours’ of Jerusalem to orphans, widows, and at-risk youths in Israel. She explained that Love 153 offers these services as a way to show God’s love.
“We are the church! We are America! Save us! Change us!” Such were the prayers of those who gathered to pray for America at the Anaheim Convention Center on Sunday night. The gathering, called “Heal Our Land,” was primarily spearheaded by Korean church leaders of Southern California, but was led and attended by individuals of various ethnic groups, including Caucasian, African American, Latino, and Middle Eastern Christians. Organizers say that some 3,500 attended the gathering.
A Korean church in Maryland donated $20,125 to Food for the Hungry on Thanksgiving Sunday to help Syrian Christian refugees. New Hope Church, located in Burtonsville, MD, was able to raise money through charity yard sales, and submitted the donation to Food for the Hungry's Korean American office.
A local Christian school celebrated the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with a school-wide feast and celebration with parents, students, and faculty. The main highlights of this celebration at New Covenant Academy -- located in Koreatown, Los Angeles -- were the performances of groups of students. The eighth grade class performed a choir number singing, "Give Thanks" in Korean, elementary school students performed a body worship performance to two songs, and the school's handbell team also performed "Give Thanks."
The world was taken by surprise by the attacks that took place in Paris on Friday, which left some 130 people dead, and over 350 people injured. In response, multitudes of people and most major organizations took to publicly sharing their responses of grief and solidarity with the French people. Christian leaders and organizations were no exception in quickly expressing their solidarity through statements online and in social media.
The World Evangelical Alliance, and the World Council of Churches, two major Christian international organizations, expressed grief over the attacks that occurred in Paris on Friday that left almost 130 dead and over 350 people injured, and the bombings that occurred in Beirut on Thursday that killed over 40 people.
Interview with Pastor Justin Kim: Key Ingredients for a Healthy Dynamic in the Korean Immigrant Church
Reverend Justin Kim has experienced ministering in the Korean immigrant church context in all four corners of the country – in Virginia, Florida, Washington, and now, in California. Kim, who in August became the lead pastor of Bethel English Church, the English ministry at Bethel Korean Church in Irvine, CA, said his time in several different churches in four states through over 15 years of his time in ministry have given him a range of painful, as well as hopeful, experiences.
Christ Central Network hosted its first conference from November 6 to 8 at Christ Central of Southern California, marking the beginnings of a network to support and resource Asian American pastors and ministries. This first conference, themed, “Ordinary Evangelism and Its Extraordinary Effects,” had three goals, organizers said: to train and equip leaders and churches for more effective evangelism; to celebrate and encourage gospel collaboration; and to cast a vision and discuss details about what the network will look like together with pastors who are interested in joining the network.
Asian American Ministries Conference Explores How Christians Could Exemplify Leadership in the Home, Church, and Workplace
Biola University's Talbot School of Theology hosted the second Asian American Ministries Conference (AAMC) last week from November 6 to 7, this year focusing on the theme, "Lessons on Leadership." "There is such a void in the area of leadership all throughout society," said Dr. Benjamin Shin, the director of the AAMC Committee. "For this reason, we wanted to equip the saints to be effective in leading the home, the marketplace, and the church like Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit."
Toward the end of last month, one of the most meaningful fundraisers took place at the Tagylan Cultural Center, not too far from Koreatown in Los Angeles. It was a fundraising gala hosted by MPAK, a non-profit that advocates for the adoption of homeless children, to support Jusarang Community, the home of the famous "Dropbox," and a shelter and home for abandoned babies and children.
Reverend Joseph Choi is a Korean American pastor currently working three jobs: as a U.S. Army Reserves chaplain, as a hospital chaplain, and as an English ministry pastor at a local Korean immigrant church. What does that look like in terms of schedule? Choi’s full-time job is his role as a hospital chaplain at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, CA, where his weekdays are spent. As an Army Reserves chaplain, he is required to attend trainings with his unit one weekend per month, but for the three other weekends of the month, he serves as an English ministry pastor at Sanctification Presbyterian Church in Gardena.