South Korea

In 1983 a Korean trader came to Australia with his “interpreter” Hyun Roe. While in Sydney, Hyun saw an advert for a prophetic lecture on the Return of Christ. After the lecture Hyun was moved to ask, “How did you learn those words?” Hyun had been reading his Bible for years & had problems reconciling what the Bible said, with the ideas of ‘immortal soul & heaven going’, so hearing the clear truth of the Bible was a surprise to him as he was widely read, but had not heard the Truth proclaimed so clearly. On his return to Korea he started teaching his new found truths. In late 1984 Bro Hyun Roe was baptised in the freezing waters of the Han River, followed soon after by Bro Shin & Bro Choi. There are now two ecclesias in Korea, Seoul and Daegue. Their preaching seminars are conducted in English as this is an extra incentive for friends to come along, as learning & speaking English is a goal most Asians strive to achieve.

The Busan (Daegue Ecclesia) seminars are advertised as being run by ‘native’ English-speakers. These seminars have maintained an attendance of 6 to 10 friends but to enable these seminars to continue the ongoing assistance of fieldworkers is essential. There is a fieldworker flat available and should you be interested please email korea@acbm.org.au. The Korean Summer Bible School is held in August and your support is invited.

Vanuatu

The Annual Vanuatu Bible Camp was held in December 2011. It’s always a challenge to bring the bro and sis together from three of the more remote islands – Tanna, Malekula and Santo. The bro and sis and children mostly arrive on small cargo vessels which have a knack off making the most sea hardly person sea sick. The purpose of getting all the bro and sis together from five different islands including the main Island is for encouragement in the faith. They live in relative isolation so it is a special time for the Ecclesia when they can all be together to study the word of God, pray , sing and enjoy fellowship together. This year Bro Darren Tappouras led the studies on “What was Jesus like – that we might know him” along with further studies on spiritual growth and activities for the children. One of the most valuable meetings is the Ecclesial meeting where all the bro and sis discuss the progress, problems and issues
facing the Ecclesia in Vanuatu and in a Christlike way work together to further the gospel and grow stronger together. They, like us face many challenges in living the truth but it is refreshing to be among those who love the truth and are endeavouring to live it out in daily life.

If you would like to be involved in the work in Vanuatu, email Bro Nathan Taylor at vanuatu@acbm.org.au