National AAPI Prayer Breakfast Allow for Corporate Intercession and Awareness on National and Global Issues
Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) faith leaders gathered for a National AAPI Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday morning, praying on behalf of the nation's leaders and issues affecting the nation and world. "For us to shine and be a light to the community, we need to pray," said Timothy Haahs from the Tim Haahs and Associates, Inc., who spoke a short message before the prayer breakfast. The prayer breakfast was a part of the Lighting the Community Summit, a conference on civic engagement in the Asian American faith community hosted by Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD).
Countless social issues are affecting the world today, and one issue that has been especially capturing the attention of the U.S. is the racial tension that has resurfaced due to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Freddie Gray over the past several months. Since the first incident in August, Christian leaders in various contexts have been discussing the issue of racial reconciliation, but many Korean Americans have begged the question: Where are the Korean American Christian leaders in these discussions? For many, the lack of a voice from the Korean American church on such issues seemed to reflect a lack of engagement of the Korean American church with other cultures in general.
Eleven contestants competed in the 7th Annual El Roi Singing Contest on Saturday, May 9. Four college students walked away with trophies and scholarships.
Sa-Rang Community Church, located in Anaheim, CA, celebrated its 27th anniversary on April 19 as 'Compassion Sunday,' during which representatives from Compassion International were invited, and congregants were encouraged to participate in sponsoring a child in a third world country. On Sunday alone, 1,137 children were adopted into sponsorship.
More than 15 years after Reverend Kim Dong Shik's abduction by the North Korean government, the D.C. District Court has decided to award Kim Dong Shik's family with $330 million. On Monday, the Israel Law Center announced that it was awarded the amount on behalf of the pastor's family.
The Korean church community in Atlanta has been spreading the meaning of Easter through its service in the community. Organizations led by or partnered with Korean churches have led various service project over the weekend, including serving those experiencing homelessness, giving gifts, planting flowers, music performances, and worship.
Hillsong United released a new trailer for the film 'Let Hope Rise.'
"Racial Reconciliation Is Spiritual Warfare"; Faith Leaders Speak on How the Gospel Leads Racial Reconciliation
Almost 40 different faith leaders have been speaking and discussing racial reconciliation at the Gospel and Reconciliation Summit, hosted by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), which will be taking place from March 26 to 27 in Nashville, Tennessee, to "equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families, and their churches," according to the event website. The ERLC is a portion of the Southern Baptist Convention that specifically addresses the moral dimension of the gospel and equipping the church to handle moral and social and policy issues.
Reverend Dr. Young Hoon Lee, the senior pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church, met with faith leaders as well as community and political leaders within Southern California on Wednesday at a 'Meet and Greet Breakfast Reception' hosted by the Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a non-profit organization that actively connects the Asian American community, and in particular, the faith community through partnerships with business and governmental leaders. Yoido Full Gospel Church, located in South Korea, is one of the largest churches in the world with more than 800,000 members weekly.
The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention sent 83,723 Bibles in Spanish to the Western and Eastern regions of Cuba, which are expected to arrive on Wednesday. IMB states that this is the third time it has made such a shipment to Cuba, but that it is the first time Bibles "were shipped directly from the United States."
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...