South Korea has a population of 51 million people. The country has a long history dating back nearly 3,000 years. After the Korean War, South Korea has emerged as one of the largest and most powerful economies in all of Asia. Though South Korea is no longer a poor country, it has a great spiritual need for the Gospel to be preached to its people. Most Koreans will live and die without ever being personally engaged with the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The spiritual condition of the Korean people (data taken from the 2005 national census):
– Nearly half of the Korean population identifies themselves as “nonreligious” or atheist. These dear people need to be carefully shown the Scriptures which reveal the Creator of the Universe and His true Gospel.
– There are many Buddhists in South Korea. Nearly all cities have numerous temples. Many Korean Buddhists are not fanatical in their religious practice, but they are still blinded by the false teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. Korean Buddhists need the truth that Jesus Christ is “…the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” lovingly communicated to them.
– Most Korean Protestant churches have followed after false doctrines such as speaking in tongues and works salvation. The vast majority of the many churches found all over South Korea do not preach the biblical Gospel. Instead, the “prosperity gospel” and the importance of establishing an earthly “kingdom” are often emphasized. Korean Protestants need the way of biblical salvation to be communicated to them.
– Catholicism was the first form of “Christianity” introduced to Korea. This perversion of Christ’s teachings enslaves people in the hopeless system of salvation through works. Korean Catholics need the truth of salvation by grace through faith alone communicated to them.
– Muism or Shamanism is the oldest religion in Korea. It has seen a renewed interest in the last several years.
– The Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are very active in Korea.
– Many other bizarre religious cults have flourished in Korea.
Romans 10:14 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
We are excited to preach Christ’s Gospel to the Korean people. The Lord has led us specifically to first plant an Independent Baptist Church in the city of Busan. Busan is the second largest city in South Korea. Approximately 3.6 million people make this city their home. Eight out of ten Koreans in Busan identify as Atheist, Non-religious, or Buddhist. Most South Koreans are apathetic towards spiritual things and many are (at least initially) closed to the Gospel; however, these are precious souls that Christ desires to save. As we encounter indifference and occasional hostility towards the Gospel message, we are reminded that this great task can only be attempted through the Lord’s enabling and power. We seek to be Spirit-filled, fervent witnesses for our Lord Jesus Christ here in Busan, Korea during these last days.
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Our family arrived in Busan, South Korea on September 29, 2017. After we complete rigorous language study, it is our plan to preach the Gospel in Korean, start an Independent Baptist Church through fervent witnessing, and train those men whom the Lord calls to start other biblical churches. We desire to glorify the Lord by spending a lifetime communicating the glorious Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ to the Korean people through the Lord’s enabling.