----- Meeting Notes (9/1/12 04:59) -----Welcome to the hour of the Africa report. In UBF the International conferences are organized to occur in each continent in a five year cycle: for example, year 1 it takes place in Europe, year 2 in Latin America, year 3 in Asia, year 4 in Africa, and year 5 in North America. In this year it took place in Africa. But Africa is big. So we divided African nations into three regions – N. Eastern Region, Southern Region, and Western Region. Thus this year from August 3 - 19, three African Regional Conferences took place, one in Uganda, two in S. Africa, and three in Nigeria. Through your prayer support, the Lord enabled me to attend the three regional conferences, and now am able to report on God's work in Africa. My report has three parts: I. introduction; II. UBF Missionary Work; III. Future Direction and Prayer Topics
The title of the report is, “You will be my witnesses” which is from Acts 1:8.
Part I. IntroductionPlease take a look at the picture. How many lions do you see? What do you think the father lion is doing? What is the mother lion is doing? Any ways, this is Africa.
----- Meeting Notes (9/1/12 05:17) -----Unbeknownst to many Africa is the biggest continent in terms of the size of the land mass. How big is it? It is bigger than the size of the U.S., Asia, Europe,India, and Argentine all combined.
----- Meeting Notes (9/1/12 13:15) -----Africa has beautiful people especially sisters.
----- Meeting Notes (9/1/12 13:15) -----Brothers are handsome as well.
----- Meeting Notes (9/1/12 13:15) -----Remember: the Queen of Sheba came from Africa.
----- Meeting Notes (9/1/12 13:15) -----The shepherdess standing next to me is a good singer.
And African sisters believe in fashion.
----- Meeting Notes (9/1/12 06:00) -----Africa is the land with bountiful resources.
David Livingstone is another example. Philippians 1:21 is his life key verse. For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain. With a martyrdom spirit at the age of 28 he went into the deeper part of Africa. Then preaching the gospel to native Africans he devoted the best of his life to preach the gospel to the people of Africa. Then toward the end of his life, as a bonus, he found the Victoria Fall, which is also known as the “Smoke that thunders.” Please take a look at the video
But for the most part, the Christianity has no real impact on the people and society. And picture I am showing is just a small glimpse of what you’ve got in terms of the day to day life.
Some of the directors are here in the pic.
How did they do during the past two decades? One word describes it: “Suffering”. Suffering for the gospel by God’s power. Standing here I am not qualified to talk about their sufferings (for I am not a permanent or long term missionary to Africa; I have been there only a short period of time. But even through my short experience, I can testify how much they had to suffer so far, for I can tell you they have been exposed to all sorts of hardships and dangers. They have been in danger from:
Take a look at the map. Red marks are the nations we’ve reached out. The E and F in blue are recently pioneered (Ghana and DP Congo). Yet there are 39 African nations to reach out.
During the first weekend of August, at Kampala Uganda, student leaders from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda N. Sudan, S. Sudan were gathered and made a commitment to live the blessed life as Jesus’ witnesses.
During the second weekend of August, at the Camp Bethel in Johannesburg God’s workmen from Zimbabwe, S. Africa, Cape Town, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and Mozambique were gathered and had a Bible conference. They all vowed to live the blessed life as Jesus’ witnesses.
During the third weekend of August, God’s workmen from the four chapters of Nigeria (Lagos I, Lagos II, LUTH, and Yabatech) were gathered and pledged to live the blessed life as Jesus’ witness.
In Africa the problem of broken families is the source of all sorts of problems. So it is critical to establish house churches which are Christ-centered. So far in seven nations chapters, the Lord established more than 24 house churches (I did not count correctly but I think I am pretty close). In Kenya for example 2008 Dec. Kevin and Nancy (1st), 2009 May Wekesa and Lina (2nd), 2010 June Joram and Evelyn (3rd), and 2011 Dec Juma and Janet (4th). At the Uganda conf. Shepherd Juma shared a life-testimony. He used to live as a typical African playboy. But owing to shepherds and missionaries constant suffering for the labor pain on him, he was changed. Once he was established he led many to Jesus. So I’ve got his wedding pics here.
Now African chapters practically started doing the pioneering work, sending out Jesus’ workmen to different locations and nations.
If you want to know more about his situation please contact me after the meeting.
Africans used to fight each other in all sorts of conflicts such as tribal disputes. But in Jesus African shepherds and shepherdesses became one family under one shepherd Jesus Christ. And in love they learned the team work. And the ones in the picture is Uganda soccer team who won the post conf. International soccer game.
This is a Kenya soccer team; they lost to Uganda team, but still they are joyful.
God’s work in Africa consists of not just raising God’s workman but also doing the relief work, for our Lord Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” So during the fourth week of last August, Missionary Andrew Kim of Sudan worked with Sudanese shepherds, and using the Christmas offering from the USA and Korea UBF chapters ($36,517.88) bought food and fed 332 families by distributing 380 sacks of Turah (which is the mainstay of Sudanese).
God’s relief work also includes healing. Using offerings from different sources esp. the Christmas offerings, through Dr. Samuel Yoo and Dr. Luke Lim’s leadership, through the name of NGO the Lord enabled us to acquire about one acre of land, where we got built a medical clinic which is now in Phase II. They are in need of about $50k to complete the second story and get the hospital equipped esp. the laboratory.
God's work in Africa (UBF)
Mission Report (Sep. 1, 2012) I. IntroductionII. UBF Missionary WorkIII. Future Direction and Prayer Topics By Isaac H. Kim
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judeaand Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Yet, the missionary societies have neglected ortotally abandoned the African mission saying: "It is ... too difficult to get there too expensive to travel to Africa Africa is a money pit too dangerous For example, the British Missionary Society of early 19th Century - "Africa is a white mans grave yard", so they did not dare.
But some with a brave heart dared: Prince Henry the Navigator (Portugal) of 15th Century - though he was a prince, lived like a monk, made maps, encouraged people to go out, suffer, and even die for the sake of others. Thus he opened the way for the Portuguese Missionaries to reach, not only Africa but even Japan
David Livingstone (1813 – 1873) For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain (Phi 1:21) He devoted the best of his life to Jesus and his people in Africa (28-60) Victoria Fall
So, some did get in, and preachedthe gospel. But.... Here is theproblem: Africa does have mega-churches. They do sing songs of praise. They love to say, “God is good” then the congregation say, “All the time.” But their words and actions are different: some praise the Lord even while doing the robberies at a church. But Christians in Africa have not turned to Christ in the real sense.
So, people need to repent and turn to the Lord! Africa needs shepherds; they need God’s servants who would labor until they would be disciples of Jesus Just as our Lord Jesus said: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19,20a)
UBF Missionaries went in... Beginning 1990s All as lay missionaries Via various routes like: embassy employees, Korean companies (e.g., Samsung, LG, Kotra) As a means to support themselves, some ran their own businesses (like wig factory)
David Livingstone went in 140 years ago,and served African mission for 32 years. UBF missionaries(a handful of them like Peter Park of Lagos,Monica Yoon of Kenya, James Lee of S. Africa andAndrew Kim of Sudan)have been there for a little over 2decades...
Suffering for the gospel by God’s power… Diseases such as AIDS or malaria, or yellow fever, danger of bandits, robbers, thieves, con men, carrying the cross of self- support, taking care of families,• Going through the Pain of going out to college campuses, inviting students, preaching the gospel, teaching them the Bible so they would not only be born of God but also grow up,• And for this they have endured all sorts of hardships – the hardship to help the students develop godly character, hardship of constantly correcting, rebuking, and encouraging, so they would be transformed from a social welfare Christian’s level into a shepherd’s level,• So that by overcoming sinful lifestyle and developing the image of Christ they would learn to endure hardship, knowing how to correctly handle the word of truth, and be cleansed of ignoble purposes, so they be established as workman approved by God.
The LORD, Risen Jesus Worked with them Blessed their struggles(and all of your prayers and material supports) so far.
As a result the Lord established UBF chapters in 15 nations out of 55 African nations in three regions: North eastern region: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, N. Sudan, S. Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda Southern region: S. Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique Western region: Nigeria (Lagos I-II, LUTH, Yabatech)
The Lord establishes Native Chapter Directors / Shepherds Abraham Victor from Namibia Andries Coetsee from Cape town Dr. Oyor Moses from Malakal South Sudan Padiet Deng from Juba South Sudan Abraham O from Lagos Nigeria James O from Luth Nigeria
Powerful Messengers Kevin Namudeche and Otieno from Kenya Stephen Sebale and Julius Ecuru from Uganda Johnson Deng from South Sudan Theo from Pretoria, Desmond from Wits Oliver and Blessed from Zimbabwe Boas from Zambia
Pioneering Work Nigeria UBF Yabatech; LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital); Unilag II (Abraham Omoding); Ghana; Abujah Sudan Egypt North Sudan S. Sudan Uganda Makarere; Chiambogo; Rwanda S. Africa Cape Town; Mozambique Zimbabwe Namibia
Mozambique Mission Report * Last March, shepherds from Pretoria went out to Maputo capital city of Mozambique, on a short term mission. There they invited one student Cremeldo to a Bible study. The team came back, invited Cremeldo back to a spring conference in S. Africa. He did come, had Genesis studies, went back to Maputo, and started a ministry. He then attended a conference and made a mission report. Cremeldo now is feeding 10 students. Shepherd Theophilus of Pretoria UBF wants to go out to Mozambique to pioneer Maputo
Pioneering of Congo Peter Ban of Hanoi is already in Congo as a company employee of Posco. (mid of Aug.)Please pray for his safety.
Pionnering of Ghana Truman Lee of Nigeria will goto Ghana next month as amanager for SamsungElectronics.
Bethesda Mission Clinic Thus far, Dr. John Jun worked to raise fund for the construction, totaling about $100,000. ($40k from Kwangjoo UBF 3; $40k from Chicago UBF, and $20k the amount reserved by Uganda UBF for bethesda clinic. The raw materials remained stranded at the custom authority in Uganda. It was worth about $400k. The custom office demanded $200k. But they soon learned that it is of no use for them to retain it indefinitely. So they decided to release them for $15k.
Last Summer, two weeks before the Conference, Dr. John Jun sent Paul Chung who is experienced in construction work to Uganda a month ago. He worked with coworkers of Uganda UBF (Luke Lim and Msn. David a chinese). They hired local workers based on hourly rate (menial worker for $4/h, skilled worker $8/h, and foreman - for $12/h). They ordered the raw materials (cement, gravel, and sand, as well as bricks and cinder blocks) locally. Nowadays if they ordered materials the local vendors deliver them on to the site. They also decided to serve lunch for the workers, so they hired a cook paying hourly rate. The workers liked the lunch service. In less than a month, the Bethesda Clinic now came to have all the walls erected, from the basement up to the first and second floor. Dr. John Jun projects that they are in deed of about $150k more to complete the project.
The Relief Work (Healing) Bethesda Medical Clinic in Uganda(Kampala)- Pediatrics, Optometric Physician,Laboratory
Please pray for: Reaching out to 53 nations (39 more nations to pioneer) through the African shepherds and shepherdesses Peter Ban of Congo, Truman Lee of Ghana Send out more missionaries to Africa Missionaries (their health; self-support; child- education)