Jae Kyeong Lee

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ANALYSIS: South Korea’s missionary movement

SEOUL, Korea (BP) -- The message of the Gospel first reached the Korean people in 1885 through the work of foreign missionaries. Less than 100 years later, 24 missionaries were officially sent out by the Korean churches in 1974. Their number grew exponentially, and 40 years after Korea sent out its first missionaries, 27,436 Korean missionaries from various denominations were serving in 170 countries. This growth has caused Christians worldwide to marvel at how Korea so quickly went from a country void of the Gospel to one of the biggest exporters of it. Although my country's missions practice hasn't been perfect, I think certain factors, by God's grace, have helped Korean churches send so well.