Empower Korea 2023

 

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” —1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (NIV)

THE VISION

Korean history is a few thousand years old — the story of division into North and South is only 70 years old. The story we often hear these days is a political one. But there is another story — a spiritual history over this land and people. As we set our sights on North Korea (NK) engagement, South Korea (SK) is an integral part of that history.

Empower Korea 2023 will be a time of seeking the Lord and understanding the story God is writing in Korea. We will also tell other parts of this greater history — of how God has been bringing together His people around the world to bring His love to NK.

• Do you know how God has been bringing together diaspora Koreans (DKs) and non-Korean believers from around the world who love Korea (Lovers of Korea, or LKs) to engage with the people of NK for over 20 years?

Do you know that currently some of the biggest movements of people who are praying and preparing for work with North Korea are from places like Brazil and Central Asia?

Since 2017, long-term international workers, especially from the United States, have seen the door into NK gradually closing, and in 2020, the pandemic locked that door shut to the world. It has been a season of waiting and uncertainty, but there is a growing sense of a different season. We are seeing that many of the international workers are now coming to South Korea to seek the Lord and get ready for the next stage. We are also seeing that we cannot move forward fully, as one Body, without the South Korean church. We sense South Korea holds a key piece to this story in this next stage, and Empower Korea 2023 will explore how all our pieces (SK, NK, DK, LK) might better fit and work together in engaging the hearts of North Koreans through the Great Harvest 2027

 


 

EMPOWER KOREA 2023: THE INCUBATOR

Empower Korea 2023 is the first of three conferences of the Great Harvest 2027 — a movement of the global community uniting collaboratively to equip a new generation of leaders to live in incarnational communities and work together for the thriving of North Korean people. The following conferences will be in 2025 and 2027, with 2027 also being the 120th anniversary of the Pyongyang Revival. When the first Christians came to Korea to share the Gospel, they did not pray for a divided Korea. They prayed for the people and land of Korea to be one in Christ. They moved together not as individual churches or denominations, but as a united Body.

The theme of Empower Korea 2023 is “Many Parts, One Body” based on 1 Cor. 12:12-14. We are inviting you to Empower Korea 2023 to discover your God-given part in the global Body of Christ. Come listen and learn from each other about how God has been moving in our lives. Come to share and pray about how God might be calling you to be a part of this story. This conference aims to be an incubator for nurturing new relationships and ideas as we develop Great Harvest 2027 communities and projects for healing and reconciliation for the long-term.

 


 

LOGISTICS & REGISTRATION

DATES
Empower Korea 2023 begins on Thursday, July 13, 2023. All programming will end on Saturday, July 15, 2023 evening, and participants will check out on Sunday morning.

CONFERENCE LOCATION
The conference location will be disclosed to those who are fully registered and vetted. Those traveling internationally should fly into Incheon International Airport (ICN). The location itself is a retreat center outside of Seoul. There will be more detailed information regarding transportation options to the site for registrants.

REGISTRATION
Registration will commence in Feb. 2023

 

 


 

SCHEDULE

 A general schedule will be available in January.

 


PLENARY SESSIONS

During plenary session testimonies and teachings, we will explore themes such as:

Unity in the diverse Body of Christ  how God has been bringing people of different nations, cultures, and experiences to engage with North Korea, and in appreciating the beauty of diversity, also seeing ourselves and our own contribution more clearly.

The importance and honor of the “weaker, lesser” parts  asking God to challenge our own stereotypes, assumptions, and expectations of others within the Body

Desiring God’s justice as the Body  how entering into suffering of another, voicing lament, and seeking justice with compassion is a way we love others the way Christ loves us

No division, but equal concern — repenting of ways we have sown division, and forgiving others that have hurt us. Seeking the Lord and moving in the opposite spirit of love, unity, and reconciliation. Interceding with those suffering, rejoicing with those who rejoice.

 


 

UNIQUENESS OF EMPOWER KOREA 2023

This is the first Korea-based Empower where we have three major South Korean churches co-hosting the conference, along with 12-15 churches working together to make this event happen. In many ways, the preparation leading up to the conference embodies and lives out our conference theme.

Another key aspect of Empower Korea 2023 is to gather young people and the young-at-heart from Brazil, Canada, Korea, U.S., Europe, and around the world for the equipping and empowering of the next generation to take on the Great Commission, in particular for Korea, north and south.

 


WORKSHOPS

Workshops will provide forums for learning and discussion on various topics such as (tentative):

Foreign policy expert speaking on Korea at the crossroads

Testimonies from various ministries engaging NK through sports, entrepreneurship, technology, medicine

 Testimonies of Diaspora Koreans, such as leaving behind the American Dream to pursue God’s Dreams

 NK-related ministries in South Korea 

Living in intentional international communities as a Christian witness

Different perspectives on North Korea engagement (e.g. European, Canadian, American, etc.)

Integrating faith and humanitarian aid for North Korea

 


 

SMALL GROUPS & INTERACTIVE PROJECTS

We will also have dedicated times of discussions among groups mixed with NKs, SKs, LKs, and DKs to learn about ourselves and each other, and find deeper understanding and appreciation for one another as the body of Christ. There will be different interactive projects, such as skits or presentations, groups will do together to process and solidify their time of learning and relationship building.

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