Seoul, capital city of South Korea, has more than 7,000 churches, including 10 of the 20 largest congregations in the world. The spirit, fervor, and commitment of South Korean Christians to spread the Gospel have moved them from being a missionary receiving country to a significant missionary sending one. Korean missionaries now serve with various mission agencies around the world, including SIM.
Korean missionaries began serving with SIM in 1980 under the administration of the SIM East Asia office. Increasing numbers made it feasible to establish a separate branch in Korea in 1997. SIM is well received in Korea among those who know about various agencies, but many Korean churches are still unaware of SIM. SIM Korea is, therefore, actively seeking to establish links with additional evangelical denominations, even as they strengthen relationships with the home churches of existing SIM missionaries.
The relationship between North and South Korea has improved greatly, allowing for brief reunions among long-separated South-North families. North Korea and Afghanistan are the only countries in the world closed to missionaries from South Korea. South Korean believers continue to ask God to open ways for those living in the north to freely hear the Gospel.
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