Monthly Archives: April 2012

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VOM Regional Conference

 

VOM Regional Conference

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North Korea Resources – April 13, 2012

Click the links below to learn more about life in North Korea.


Prayer Point for North Korea – April 12, 2012

Seoul USA’s board, staff, and a few champions will be joining our Korean staff in Seoul this week to see first-hand the work being done to equip North Koreans for ministry and spread the Gospel to the hermit kingdom.

Please pray for fruitful ministry and a lasting impact on those who will be joining us.


Seoul USA Field Ops Update

A Response to “Cost Effectiveness in Christian Ministry”

“When we give the wealth of heaven and the strength of our Savior for the weak, faint-hearted, lost, hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, those in bondage, imprisoned and destitute.  When we have poured out our very life and what we possess, both physical and spiritual, to others in the name of the one that did that very thing; Jesus Christ.  Then we have been cost-effective.  This heart and mind-set would make a similar cry  as Peter says to the lame beggar, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.’ (Acts 3:6)”

This was one response to the question about how we should measure cost-effectiveness as a Christian ministry. If this were the measurement of success instead of the crazy dollars-per- ordinary-person-per-undefined-impact, then what would your specific program for a “poverty program” look like?

PS – I want specifics 🙂

Responses to Field Ops articles may be sent to our field manager atfieldops@seoulusa.org.


Rejoice to be Abased for Christ’s Sake

In the Work of Mercy of visitation we’re sent as God’s ambassadors. That means we need to learn how to incarnate His presence wherever the widow, the orphan, the sick, and the imprisoned dwell. Central to that Work of Mercy, says Amy L. Sherman, is imparting life:

It [visitation] mustn’t be limited to providing them merely with commodities. We are to share our own lives, and invite them to taste of Christ’s life. We are to pray for fullness in the places where they are empty. Where they experience deadness, our ministry aims to quicken. Where they experience barrenness, our ministry helps them connect to Jesus and experience fruitfulness. He is the life-giver to all who are destitute, empty, dead, and barren.

John Wesley says that others may know how to do certain tasks of care giving better than we do, but he says that “delicacy or honour” (our fear of becoming sick ourselves, our perceived self-worth which would prevent us from washing out others’ underwear or help them go to the bathroom, those kinds of things ) ought never to stop us from mirroring Christ’s care and love into the life of the one who is suffering.

Wesley says:

You will then easily discern, whether there is any good office which you can do for them with your own hands. Indeed, most of the things which are needful to be done, those about them can do better than you.

But in some you may have more skill, or more experience, than them; and if you have, let not delicacy or honour stand in your way. Remember his word, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me;” and think nothing too mean to do for Him. Rejoice to be abased for his sake!

“Rejoice to be abased for his sake”-that’s a powerful (and challenging) thought.

In what present circumstance can you rejoice to be abased for his sake?

Check out www.ericfoley.com this month to learn more about the Work of Mercy of Visiting and Remembering