The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer recently ran an in-depth story about the South Korean Christian Church called "Evangelical Movement Spreads Throughout South Korea. "
Here's how it begins:
"It's a classic landscape you see in former European colonies in Africa or Asia, but this missionary outpost rises amid rubber trees and sugarcane fields in the ancient kingdom of Thailand.
The church and the children's home that it runs is headed by a missionary from Korea.
REV. JUNG WOONG KIM (through translator): As we look back, we realize that we owe a lot to Christianity, and we would like to share it with the rest of the world.
FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Reverend Jung Woong Kim's native South Korea is better known as an exporter of cars and TVs, but Korea is second only to the U.S. in the number of Christian missionaries it sends to the rest of the world ..."
You can read the rest of this informative and inspiring report here.
Here are my comments about the story:
- It's a great piece of journalism in that it does not comment positively or negativey, it just reports.
- It's a nice long piece that gives time to tell the story.
- It was on national television!
- How inspiring is the South Korean church?!
Here are some tidbits from the report:
- Did you know that the largest Christian church in the world is in Korea with 45,000 registered members?
- And that thousands of South Koreans begin their workweek at a 4:30 a.m. church prayer meeting?!
In addition to reading the story here, you can also listen to it in RealAudio or mp3, or watch the streaming video. I highly recommend watching the video if your system is up to the task. Look for the "Streaming Video" link near the top of the story.
(Thanks for the tip about this story, Dad!)