Empower Portland 2022

Praise God for an amazing Empower Portland 2022! Please join us at next year's Empower Conference in South Korea, July 13-15, 2023 (new dates)


BreakingGround | GroundBreaking
Empower Portland 2022
Portland, Oregon
July 28-30, 2022

I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’ —Hosea 10:12 (NLT)


The coronavirus pandemic over the past two years has impacted the world in profound ways, upending lives as we once knew it. With the closure of its borders, North Korea engagement also came to a standstill. Now, two years out, the push to put the pandemic behind us and move forward is strong. But what has God been doing these last two years, and what lies ahead?

Empower Portland 2022’s theme of “BreakingGround | GroundBreaking” challenges us to seek the Lord and take time to reflect and process the pandemic season. We are asking God to “plow up the hard ground of [our] hearts” — breaking up personal and communal sins, habits, unhealthy patterns, assumptions, ways of thinking and practices — and in doing so, He would also bring about new, groundbreaking things in our lives and the people of North Korea.

It is our prayer that as we seek Him as one Body, this time of tilling the soil and receiving His showers of righteousness will lead to a season of greater fruitfulness than we could ever imagine, ask or think on our own. We hope you will join us!



We will be updating this page with the latest information

Doors will open starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. The conference will end at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

Registration includes 5 meals (dinner on Thursday, lunch & dinner on Friday and Saturday) and access to plenary, workshop and small group sessions. The final deadline to register is Monday, July 18, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (U.S.) and walk-ins will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Early Bird Registration (until April 30): $199/person
Regular Registration (until July 3): $249/person
Late Registration: $279/person
Student Registration: $199/person
Commuter Registration: $149/person — Program access to Thursday and Friday night plenary sessions (7-9 p.m.) and all-day Saturday. Includes 2 meals (Saturday lunch and dinner).

Reah members (current monthly donors) can receive a 10% discount. Promo code must be submitted at the time of registration. Please email us at empower[at]reah.org for the promo code.

If you are not a Reah member and would like to learn more about becoming one, please go to https://donate.reah.org/membership

* After Tuesday, June 28, 2022, refund requests will no longer be considered.

LIMITED SLOTS FOR CHILDCARE (ages 0-12) will be provided to registrants for a fee of $50/child. Please email empower[at]reah.org to confirm availability. Priority will be given to fieldworker families and Reah network members (e.g., current Reah members, regular donors, city prayer team members), and otherwise accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

If your organization would like to table at this event, please see below for exhibitor information and fees.

The nearest airport is the Portland International Airport (PDX). Specific venue information and lodging options will only be provided after registration is received and approved.

For any other questions or issues, email us at empower[at]reah.org.




Plenary sessions will dive deep into this theme as pastors, fieldworkers, and practitioners share their experiences and insights. We desire to “harvest a crop of love” borne out of seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness anew, and through the Great Harvest 2027, we are mobilizing the Body of Christ to prepare for breaking hardened ground and prayerfully exploring groundbreaking next steps.

* Korean translations will be available

Speakers (click on each for bio):

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
Professor and Author
Stephen & Joy Yoon
Stephen & Joy Yoon
Rev. Wade Longcrier
Rev. Wade Longcrier
FBC at the Fields
Larry Sharp
Larry Sharp
IBEC Ventures, BAM
Dr. Jamie Kim
Dr. Jamie Kim
Reah International

Workshops will address topics on preparing to be healthy, missional Christians engaging with North Korea:

• Issues of personal, relational, spiritual, cultural, vocational formation (e.g., spiritually preparing for living/working in North Korea, vocation-specific group meetups for networking and peer mentoring)
• North Korea-specific issues and engagement projects (e.g. understanding North Korea history, culture, context)

Some titles include:
• Understanding North Korean Culture & Worldview
• Spiritual Strongholds & Blessings Over the Korean Peninsula
• Partnering with God and His Work in the DPRK
• Attracting NK People to Christ
• Discovering Your Role in the Great Harvest 2027

Small group times will provide space for networking, reflection and prayer about how to get involved in the Great Harvest 2027 call.

Schedule coming soon! Please check back again for more details.




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We are inviting organizations interested in NK engagement to participate in the Empower Portland Conference on July 28-30, 2022 in Portland, Oregon (main airport: Portland International — PDX). This premier event brings together more than 300 participants who are industry professionals and eager to go, give and engage in ministry. This conference is a tremendous opportunity for you to meet and reach out to leaders who are influencers in their respective church and professional communities.

The cost per exhibit booth is $600 if received by May 1. Included are two individual conference registrations and five meals for each registrant. Late exhibit registration, if space is available, will cost $800 per booth (Registration has now closed). The exhibits can be set up from Thursday, July 28 at 1 p.m. and taken down by 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. You will be provided with one table covered in a black tablecloth.

We hope you will be able to participate in Empower Portland 2022. We encourage your advance notice and payment since exhibit space is limited. Requests for exhibit space will be accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Jeremiah Shim at 2022empower.exhibitors[at]gmail.com. We hope you will join us.