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Korean students commit to missions service

TAEJON, Korea (BP)–During a student-led mission emphasis week at the Korea Baptist Theological Seminary in Taejon Sept. 18-20, between 200 and 300 students made commitments to international missions. Even more acknowledged that, though they may not sense God’s specific call to missions, they are willing and available to go wherever He may lead.

“We sensed such an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, particularly in the final session,” said Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board, who was the keynote speaker. “I was personally touched by the numbers of students who were making commitments to mission service and by those who simply said, ‘I am willing to go.’ We look forward with great anticipation to the many ways God will use the willingness of these young people to accomplish His task around the world.”

Faculty members prayed for the students and especially for those committing to international service.

In the final session, Rankin preached about those “of whom the world is not worthy,” noting that since 2002, eight IMB missionaries have been martyred in service to Christ.

Rankin visited the Global Mission Center on the Korean seminary campus and met with small groups of students to answer questions about worldwide mission efforts. “I was quite impressed by the depth of their questions and the level of their commitment to go to difficult areas to proclaim the Gospel of Christ,” he said.

During his trip to Korea, Rankin launched the Korean translation of his latest book, “To the Ends of the Earth,” which sets forth the vision that drives the IMB and offers practical approaches for lay involvement.

Acknowledging the Korean Foreign Mission Board’s 500-plus missionaries in 44 countries, Rankin said, “It is our prayer that this book will be a catalyst to equip Korean pastors, churches and missionaries to develop strategies to reach a lost world.”

The translation has been contextualized for a Korean audience, with stories and illustrations modified to relate specifically to Koreans. Copies of the book are available in Korea from the IMB’s Pacific Rim regional office in Seoul. To order copies in English, go to imb.org or call 1-800-999-3113.
Story provided by the SBC International Mission Board.

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