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.
The depths of cruelty the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been imparting on its victims knows no bounds, as the militants are now selling abducted Iraqi children as sex slaves and even crucifying other youth or burying them alive, the United Nations reported.
Dr. Myung-Yong Kim, the president of the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (PUTS), advocated that the 130 years of Korean Christian history has resulted in the fruit of a 'Holistic Theology,' and asked that the Korean immigrant church in the U.S. would join him in this theology.
Taekwondo Mission Center in Honduras Paves the Way for the Younger Generation to Be Equipped with the Gospel
A mission team in Honduras led by Young-Kap Kwon and Mi-Sook Kwon from Bethany Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, held a groundbreaking ceremony at the public school in which the team will be starting a 'Taekwondo Mission Training Center'. The school is the third largest public school in El Progreso, Honduras, with some 6,000 enrolled students.
August 15, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary since Korea became independent from Japanese colonial rule, a day known as “Gwang-bok-jul” in Korean. It also marks the start of the divide between North and South Koreas, as the Soviet Union slowly started gaining influence in the north, and the United States the south. A group of Korean Christians have been seizing this year to pray specifically for the reunification of Korea and for God’s love to abound in North Korea.
Pastor Saeed Abedini wrote a heartfelt letter to President Barack Obama thanking him for visiting his wife Naghmeh and two children last week in Boise, Idaho.