Hi guys, (this is Isaac)
Hope you're doing well! PB wanted to update you guys on what's going on in Korea so far, what we've been learning / observing, and what the Spirit has been speaking to us during our time here. Thankfully, we have adjusted very quickly to the jet lag here and we're getting in sync with the Lord about the upcoming camp. Here's what he asked me to write you; pray as the Spirit leads as we prepare.
- Noticeable despair / depiction by associate pastor. We noticed within our first day here that there is a sense of despair / pessimism in Korea. There doesn't seem to be much joy here, and even remarks by the associate pastor felt like there was no hope. It almost seems as if it has seeped into the consciousness of the people here, and we don't want the negativity to affect us while we're here so we can minister to them.
- Desire for some sense of restoration for Pastor Paul. The head pastor of this ministry had a really tough time so far in Korea. He was hospitalized twice for separate issues, his wife was recently hospitalized after he came out of the hospital, and to top it off his daughter was born within their first year here. We really want to encourage him, want to see a sense of growth and progress in his ministry, and for him to be rejuvenated. His ministry is mixed; the first service is majority older native Koreans, while the second service is to expatriates (and it's the contemporary service), so it's really an interesting ministry he's serving with. Unlike us, his ministry ranges from much older folks (the oldest is a 90-year-old former diplomat) to college students but there may not be much unity. The camp will be around 35 people; the ministry altogether is probably around 300-400 amongst the two services.
- God has us here to be a Barnabas (encouragers) to this country, and that Young Nak is a legendary ministry. We learned yesterday that though many of the megachurches here have had scandals, Young Nak is the only one that hasn't had one. The founding pastor of YN is very highly regarded (he has passed already) and known for his humility and his ministry to the poor and marginalized. So even though many head pastors are known for their excesses or their issues with money/power, he has been unique in how well he has been regarded. He won the Templeton Prize, which Jean Vanier also won! We are learning so much about the legacy of Young Nak, especially with their ministry to those in North Korea, so we really feel like God connected us to YN for a reason.
- For us to take away that call, to be like that in humility and spirit--a house of refuge for the nations. Again, the similarities in what YN has accomplished, and what we hope to do as a tribe, are so apparent... Let's pray for an impartation of that same humble spirit and dreams for God.
Hope this helps as you lead our tribe into prayer.