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Korean Gospel Resources
A special welcome to all visitors of Korean heritage! This page contains
links to Bibles, stories and web sites written in Korean which tell about Jesus
and His love for the Korean people.
Many followers of Jesus are praying that God will bless the Korean people,
and some of the links on this page have information to help them learn more about the Korean language and culture.
Thank you for visiting. May the grace and peace of God be yours today!
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Korean Publications About Jesus
The Four Spiritual Laws explains God's plan of salvation in Korean.
Thru the Bible, the classic five-year radio Bible study with Dr. J. Vernon McGee, is broadcast daily on the internet in Korean.
||GotQuestions.org answers basic questions about Christianity in many languages including Korean.
Korean Bibles to purchase:
(Your purchases from Amazon support our ministry. Thank you!)
From BiblicaDirect.com (formerly International Bible Society):
From American Bible Society:
Mouseover the title for pricing info. Click on title for more information.
Korean New Testaments:
Find online, audio and print Bibles in 250 languages at Bibles in Your Language.
Cyberkorean.com is a Christian site with information in English and in Korean, which includes an index of Korean churches in countries around the world, including the U.S.
Korean American Ministry Resources links to 200 Korean American churches with web sites and also provides a directory of Korean ministry professionals and hosts several discussion forums.
JesusKorea.org is a Christian site which lists U.S. churches and has a Korean bulletin board.
The Korean Baptist Churches of America web site has an index of Southern Baptist churches listed by state.
With over 350 churches, the Korean-American United Methodist church is the fastest growing part of the United Methodist denomination, according to this article from the United Methodist News Service.
Korean American UMC churches are listed at Koreaumc.net. Other UMC Korean resources and church web sites are listed at http://www.umc.org/locator/ministries/korean.htm
St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church maintains a list of Korean Catholic Churches in the U.S. and Canada.
Ethnic Harvest maintains a directory of Korean churches in Washington State.
A student at Berkeley maintains a directory of Korean churches worldwide.
At Amen.org, you can download a Korean emulator which which enable your computer to display Korean Characters.
Background Info on the Korean People
Approximately 75 million people speak Korean worldwide, making Korean number 12 on SIL's list of Top 100 World Languages by Population.
The World Factbook reports that 22.7 people live in North Korea and 47.5 million live in South Korea.
North Korea is traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, with some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way). However, autonomous religious activities are now almost nonexistent, and only a few government-sponsored religious groups exist.
South Korea is 49% Christian, 47% Buddhist, 3% Confucianist, and 1% Shamanist or Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way).
Many Koreans have a strong Christian faith and are active in missionary outreach all around the world. Several of the largest churches in the world are located in South Korea, and Korean believers are known to be great prayer warriors.
There are approximately 2 million Koreans and 3,000 Korean churches in the USA. This includes 600,000 Koreans served by approximately 1,000 churches in Southern California alone.
The 1990 Census reported that over 626,000 Americans speak Korean at home, making Korean number 8 on the List of the 50 Most Common Languages Spoken in the U.S.
One of the best introductions to the culture and customs of South Korea or North Korea is a 4-page Culturegram published by Brigham Young University. You can download a 4-page pdf file for $4.
Information for Churches
Perhaps you've noticed that several Korean families have moved into your community. Your church would like to get acquainted with them and find ways to serve your new neighbors. But how can you begin?
Begin by cultivating a loving heart, a listening ear, and the habit of prayer. Look for opportunities to learn about other cultures and develop skills for cross-cultural communication. There are lots of resources on this site, including the article "How to Start a Cross-Cultural Ministry," that can help you prepare to move forward in faith.
The Jesus Film is a great way to share the gospel in the "heart language" of your Korean neighbors. Campus Crusade for Christ has produced this beautiful film of the gospel of Luke and translated it into over 600 languages, including Korean. Your church can buy a video for less than $20 and sponsor a "Korean Night" to show the film and begin a dialogue. Ask Korean leaders in the community if they would like to see the film and if they'll help you invite other families.
To order the Jesus Film, visit Jesusfilm.org. Or order by phone from Campus Crusade at 1-800-432-1997.
God's Story is an 80-minute video which presents the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The video (and an audio version) are available in Korean.
The International School of Ministry offers affordable bible training in Korean. Their course in structured, taught by interdenominational Christian leaders, and available on audio tapes so your church can become a training center.
Recognizing the deep faith and missionary heart of Christian American Koreans, Operation Mobilization Korean-American Mission (OMKAM) developed a program in 1994 to form relationships and partner for missions with the Korean community in California. To date, OMKAM has seen
more than 300 Korean Americans step out on short-term mission trips and two-year programs. Two families are now serving on a long-term basis in Central Asia!
The Christian Resource Institute in cooperation with Korea Nazarene University is making available Christian biblical and theological resources in Korean.
Learn the Language
If you want to honor your Korean friends, learn a few phrases in their language.
Here are the best-selling Korean language resources at Amazon.com:
Want to learn English? A free English course for Koreans is available online.
Here are several free online dictionaries (all require Korean font):
||Korean American Evangelicals:
New Models for Civic Life
by Elaine Howard Ecklund
Oxford University Press, 2008
Second-generation Korean evangelicals are gaining the attention of academic researchers. This book (and the following) are written by sociologists,
but may be interesting to ministries that are interested in using social research to help them understand this movement.
||God's New Whiz Kids?:
Korean American Evangelicals on Campus
by Rebecca Kim
NYU Press, 2006
This is a secular book for those who want to understand the emergence of Asian American Evangelicals on college campuses from a sociological perspective.
||Growing the World's Largest Church
by Karen Hurston
Gospel Pub House, 1994
This is the story of the growth of the world's largest church in Seoul, Korea, with concrete, transferable church growth ideas that can work in any church's cell groups.
||Pursuing the Pearl:
A Comprehensive Resource for Multi-Asian Ministry
by Ken Uyeda Fong
Judson Press, 1999
Provides practical information on current topics, including:
- Asian American Church Growth
- The Theology of Evangelism
- Equipping Believers
- Lay Ministry
- Spiritual Renewal
- The Role of Women
- New Church Missions
||Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents:
Asian American Discipleship
by Jeanette Yep, Peter Cha, Paul Tokunaga, Greg Jao, Susan Cho Van Riesen
Intervarsity Press, 1998
Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents was written by Asian-Americans who used examples from their own lives to illustrate concepts.
The authors explore how young Asian Americans can make vocational and life choices that show respect for their parents while still serving God, and it deals with crucial topics like marriage and singleness, gender issues, racial reconciliation, and the unique gifts Asians bring to Western culture.
||Out of Silence:
Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches
by Fumitaka Matsuoka
United Church Press, 1995
||Losing Face & Finding Grace : 12 Bible Studies for Asian-Americans
by Tom Lin, David K. Gibbons (Introduction)
Intervarsity Press, 1997
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Here are a dozen inductive Bible studies written especially for young Asian-Americans who sometimes struggle with identity and questions of grace. These sensitive studies point to hope embedded in Scripture.
||Moon Handbooks: South Korea (2nd Ed.)
by Robert Nilsen
Avalon Travel Publishing, 1997
||Culture Shock!: Korea
Graphic Arts Center Pub Co, 1992
||Dok Suni : Recipes from My Mother's Korean Kitchen
by Jenny Kwak
St Martins Press, 1998
||Flavours of Korea : With Stories and Recipes from a Korean Grandmothers Kitchen
by Marc Millon
Andre Deutsch Ltd, 1991
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