Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Where We’re Speaking

Esther Prayer Movement

Mapo Eun-Suk Church

  • May 22, 2011
  • Korea
  • Public Event*

Oryun Church

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North Korea Resources – May 24, 2011

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Prayer Points for North Korea – May 21, 2011

Pray that education in North Korea will stop driving people to hate, slander and attack other countries but instead to love and serve them.

Here is an excerpt from a first-year elementary school mathematics textbook in North Korea:

“North Koreans first destroyed six American tanks. Next, they destroyed two. How many tanks did they destroy?”

Because of this education, many North Koreans who have never met Americans hate them. But God wants to fill the hearts of North Koreans with love instead of hatred. Let us pray that their books’ contents change so that they can love other nations.

This prayer request is from Day 4 (on Education) of our 30 Day NK Prayer Guide, written with the NK church. To purchase a copy, email super-intern Brett.

Advice from the NK Underground and Christian History: Stop Making it Too Easy for People to Come to Church

Last week we had a handyman, Jeff, at our house giving us an estimate on some home repairs. We quickly learned he was a Christian seeking a deeper experience of church. I spent more than two hours with Jeff talking about our .W congregation. He was clearly fascinated, and we ended our time with him pledging to come on Sunday.

Of course he never showed up.

On Sunday, however, I read the following excerpt from the third century document. The Apostolic Tradition by Hippolytus. It sheds light on the practices of the young, underground, persecuted church in the generations shortly after the apostles. The following section in particular caught my interest:

Let those who will be brought newly to the faith to hear the Word be brought first to the teachers before the people arrive. And let them be asked the reason why they have given their assent to the faith. And let those who have brought them bear witness as to whether they are able to hear the Word. And let them be asked about their life: What sort is it?

It reminded me of how underground NK Christians respond even to family members who express an interest in learning more about Christ. In NK, as NK scholar Marcus Noland notes, “Newlyweds will not be informed about their spouse’s family’s religious practices for some time until sufficient trust has developed.”

What a far cry from how I approached handyman Jeff! Imagine how different our conversation would have been had I said, “Jeff, in the early church, before individuals were invited to worship with a particular congregation, congregation leaders would visit them and talk about their lives and why they wanted to follow Christ. If you are interested in getting involved in our church, the first step would be me dropping by your house to meet you and your family and to learn about your lives and your interest in Christ.”

How might church change if instead of begging people to come, we treated attendance at the assembly as a precious privilege and examined those professing an interest to ensure they were really serious about following Christ as part of our congregation?