2010 SBC Annual Meeting
ORLANDO (BP)—Members of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America celebrated their gifts of nearly $109,000 for Haiti relief during the group’s June 14-17 meeting in Orlando.
The 600 attendees at the Korean Council’s sessions at the Marriott Airport Conference Center also heard reports from SBC entity leaders and council departments and made plans for their 30th annual meeting next summer in Dallas.
“I’m kind of proud we have this team spirit and are united together to shine our main light to the world,” said Edward Shin, pastor of First Korean Baptist Church in Fullerton, Calif., who was attending his first Korean Council meeting in several years because it was in Orlando. “I’m not interested in politics, but I came for the fellowship and to see the sights.”
From the opening message to the closing one, advancing the Kingdom of God was the thrust of the meeting.
The International Mission Board now has 400 Korean missionaries, IMB President Jerry Rankin reported in his final presentation to the Korean gathering before retirement. Up to 200 more prospective missionaries are at various points in the appointment process, Rankin added.
The Korean Council honored Rankin by presenting him with a plaque for his years of service and commitment to global missions.
John S. Kim, pastor of the Korean Fellowship at First Baptist Church of Fayetteville, Ga., and Brotherhood director for the council, reported on the $108,993 given earlier this year for disaster relief and recovery in Haiti. Kim said Korean Council President Shin Ki Paik asked him to call on churches to donate to the relief effort.
“I just prayed a couple of days, and God told me to help your brothers and sisters; they have a suffering,” Kim said. “One Saturday morning sitting at my desk, I start typing a letter to all 850 Korean Baptist churches in America. I thought a maximum of $20,000 in two weeks , but I was surprised. Over $50,000 in two weeks, so we extended.”
On March 24, Korean leaders presented a check for $82,788.53 to leaders at the International Mission Board, but the money kept coming in, so on May 9, they presented a second check, this time to the North American Mission Board, for $24,567.51. More money has since come in and been directed to NAMB.
“I was so shocked,” Kim said. “I praise my Lord He is using our Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America as an equipment to make His Kingdom grow.”
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