Category Archives: Mission Connections Letters

Advent and Waiting for Healing and Peace

As I sit to write this update for the Advent season from Korea, we hear news that based on last week’s increase of new infections, the South Korean government has set social distancing to level 2.5 (up from 1.5 when … Continue reading

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Hope Despite a Pandemic

In early March of this year Susannah and Amanda, our two Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs), and I met in front of the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) building discussing the ever-unfolding news of COVID-19 outbreaks in Korea and, … Continue reading

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The Shalom God Has Envisioned

“Kurt, thank you for sending us the translation of the communiqué last night; however, we have made some changes again. We need you to spend your lunch translating the new version so that we can have a draft ready for … Continue reading

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A Lifetime of Peacemaking: Rev. Lee Moon-Sook

“I remember when I first started working here at the New Family Magazine offices and these streets were filled with people and with tear gas,” Rev. Lee Moon-Sook said as she gestured toward the streets while she and I (Kurt) … Continue reading

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Following the SK President to NK

Merry Christmas to you all. We hope you find the story in this letter to be an example of the hope of Advent. Despite the peace process being currently stalled because of the US increasing sanctions on North Korea, releasing … Continue reading

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Inspiration of the Korean Church’s 1988 Declaration

Our international gathering began with prayer and a devotion. Then Rev. Shin, Seung-min, my supervisor, announced that a South Korean government delegation had returned from a visit to North Korea and declared their meeting a success. The delegation would also … Continue reading

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Threats of Destruction and Stories of Hope

Hyeyoung, Sahn, and I have been traveling the US now for four months. We are nearing the end of our six-month itineration trip of visiting churches and sharing the stories of the work we are doing alongside our partners in … Continue reading

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Transforming Hate to Love

Dr. David Suh sat next to me as listeners around the world heard him tell those taking part in our webinar about the moment he met the son of his father’s greatest enemy, the chairperson of the Korean Christian Federation … Continue reading

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Healing after a Massacre

I sat down in a row of chairs with our Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) waiting for the memorial service to begin. The sun was warm, but our chairs were covered by tent canopies so the several-hundred people gathered there could … Continue reading

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YAVs and Political Participation

“I learned more about the U.S.A. than I did about Korea while I was a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV),” has been a recurring theme during the four years we have seen participants come through the Korea site. In his self-reflective … Continue reading

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