Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches Prays for International Mission Board President

Officers for the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches are (left to right) Il Hwan Seo, second vice president; Kyung D. Kim, first vice president; Sung Kwon Lee, president; Dong Soon Mun, secretary; Young Yi Choi, last year’s president and Seung Soo “James” Kang, executive director. Photo by Karen Willoughby

The new president of the International Mission Board preached June 11 at the 38th annual meeting of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America, or Korean Council.

IMB President Paul Chitwood spoke Tuesday evening, June 11, at First Baptist Church in Pleasant Grove, Ala., a Birmingham suburb, where about 700 people had gathered for the Korean Council. He spoke during a three-hour “Missions Celebration” during the three-day Korean meeting, which takes place each year in the same city as the SBC annual meeting.

“We were so glad to hear Dr. Chitwood,” James Kang, the Korean Council’s executive director, told Baptist Press. “With his help we are reinvigorating our desire to reach the world with the life-changing Gospel of God’s love for each person, individually.”

The Korean Council’s annual meeting — joining in the “Gospel Above All” SBC theme — started with a Korean meal, followed by two worship services Monday evening. Former Korean Council President Raymond Lee spoke at the 7 p.m. service; Yong Kim at the 8:30 p.m. service. Lee is pastor of See World Baptist Church in San Diego; Kim is pastor of Noeun Church in Daejun, South Korea.

Tuesday started with early morning prayer at 6 a.m., six breakout sessions and a large-group seminar presented by Mark Clifton, senior director of replanting at the North American Mission Board. During the afternoon, attendees were shuttled to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex to participate in SBC business sessions.

Chitwood spoke that evening on “God’s vision for IMB and the church.”

“I join you in thanking God for the generations of Koreans who have heard the Gospel and believed,” said Chitwood, whose words were translated into Korean by David Kim, pastor of the Good Shepherd Community Church in Torrance, Calif. “I thank God for the opportunities God has given the IMB to work with Koreans.”

Chitwood preached from Revelation 7:9-10 about a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language who would stand before God’s throne.

“If we share the same vision, the work will go well,” Chitwood stated. “In order for the vision to be fulfilled, the Gospel must be shared.”

About 350 Koreans serve as IMB missionaries, former Korean Council President David Gill told the attendees, who nearly filled the worship center. “We want to pray for you, my brother,” Gill said to Chitwood. “We know your burden is heavy.”

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Source: Baptist Press