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10 September 2014

South Koreans embark on UK prayer mission

South Koreans embark on UK prayer mission

The 2014 South Korean Prayer Mission starts this week and the UK is expecting hundreds of South Korean Christians to flock to 30 towns and regions to pray for revival and serve the local community.

The Prayer Mission climaxes with two National Prayer Celebrations in London next week, which Christians from across the UK are being encouraged to attend. This is an exciting opportunity for thousands of people to pray with fellow believers from South Korea and those from Korea now living in the UK.

This Prayer Mission has been organised by a partnership between the World Korean Prayer School, the National Day of Prayer and Worship and local church communities

With many challenging headlines in recent weeks, Pastor Jonathan Oloyede, convenor of the National Day of Prayer and Worship, believes this is a prophetic moment for the whole Church in this nation to rise up in prayer. He explains that with the increased threat of international terrorism in the UK, the Church must stand united as one as it recovers its faith in prayer.

Pastor Namjin Kim, co-ordinator of the UK 2014 Prayer Mission, welcomed the opportunity to host this nationwide initiative, saying: "I am expectant that God is going to move mightily during the Prayer Mission and I am seeing that many times even before our Korean brothers and sisters step onto British soil."

The pastor says that many of the South Korean Christians attending will want to voice their thanks for being introduced to the gospel, but he believes the important thing will be praying that the Christian faith continues in South Asia, despite the increasingly secular age. The relationship between the international Church and the UK Church must also be prayed for, Pastor Namjin said, adding: "In these days, we need to remember that being a follower of God is what counts."

There is a mixture of events taking place this week: Pastor Choi, the president of the South Korean Prayer School, and his wife will have supper with Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, while in Chester, a prayer walk has been organised. The group visiting north London will be treated to an open-air BBQ at Living Way Ministries and in Bristol a team will be attending the My Hope UK with Billy Graham pastors' gathering. In Bradford, there are three nights of prayer.

During the second week, the focus is on London for two national prayer celebrations at The Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, on Monday, 15 and Tuesday, 16 September between 7.00pm and 9.30pm.

The aim of these national prayer celebrations is bringing 1,000 Christians and leaders from across the nation together to pray for all that has been achieved during the South Korean Prayer Mission, ensuring a legacy for the UK Church. 

Steve said: "What an amazing thought that 420 Korean Christians travelling across the world to spend a week praying for the United Kingdom.  I'm humbled as I reflect on their sacrifice and commitment as they pray for the spiritual transformation  of our country. Who knows what will be achieved in the heavenliness which will be out worked here on the earth. 

On Tuesday, the Rev Charlie Cleverly from St Aldates Oxford, one of the churches hosting a team, will be reflecting on the importance of joint efforts between the global and British churches towards an awakening in the nation.

To find out more about the South Korean Prayer Mission, visit the website here. To keep in touch with the Mission via Twitter, follow: @ukprayermission or visit the National Day of Prayer and Worship Facebook page.