Half of the world’s children are affected by violence. Prayer is the strongest tool we have to protect children, followed by our voice – an expression of our will to not let any child be forgotten. Christian leaders and pastors are asking Americans to pray for peace in the Korean Peninsula. Join them in prayer.
Dr. Bob Pierce and Dr. Han Kyung Chik. ©World Vision

Half of the world’s children are affected by violence. Prayer is the strongest tool we have to protect children, followed by our voice — an expression of our will to not let any child be forgotten. In 1950, World Vision founder Bob Pierce joined pastors on the Korean peninsula. Together they prayed during the volatile weeks leading up to the Korean War. Dr. Han Kyung Chik, founder of Young Nak Presbyterian Church in Seoul, Korea, was a courageous pastor who became a lifelong friend, mentor, and colleague of Bob Pierce. As the war began he cared for refugees, fought persecution, attended to the vulnerable, and above all provided hope to the tens of thousands of people frightened and traumatized by conflict. This is how World Vision began — in September of 1950 World Vision was founded in order to provide funds to churches like those of Dr. Han Kyung Chik.

Today, more than 70 Christian leaders have come together and signed their names, once again encouraging Americans to pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Whether inspired by events in the past, the knowledge of the long-term harm conflict and war brings, or pure compassion, the voices of these leaders are important to raise the conversation — reminding Americans to remember that no matter where a person was born, they are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

March 27, 2018

As American Christians with diverse approaches to force and nonviolence and yet all committed to pursuing peaceful relations among people and nations, we unite in prayer for permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. We do this mindful of the millions of lives, including more than 230,000 Americans, that would be threatened by an escalation of conflict there. 

We are heartened by proposals for dialogue between our national leaders at a time when increasing tensions seemed to be marching our countries perilously in the direction of greater conflict, if not war. We call on all Christians everywhere to join us in praying for a just and peaceful resolution.

We pray for wisdom for our political, diplomatic and military leaders as they work across differences toward a goal of peace, security and freedom. We pray that God will bless the efforts of citizens who seek to bridge the vast differences between our countries. 

Decades of people-to-people contact between North Korea and the United States- through business, educational and other humanitarian exchanges – have put a human face on those who are sometimes characterized by one another as enemies. So, we pray with empathy and in a spirit of friendship, noting the image of God in every human being.  However profound the differences between our governments, we do not view the North Korean people as our enemies.  On the contrary, we desire only the best for the people of North Korea.

Most of the nearly two million Korean-Americans are Christians, and many belong to evangelical churches.  This community too has contact with North Koreans through humanitarian and family ties.  South Korea is also home to many evangelical churches, including some of the world’s largest.  Many of these Korean brothers and sisters have been praying for North Korea for years and we humbly join them. These connections with Koreans in North Korea, South Korea and the United States strengthen our resolve to seek God for mercy and, so far as it depends on us, to pursue peace between our respective countries.

Sincerely,

Onleilove Alston, Founder, Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals

Rollie Anderson, President, Anderson Trucking Service

Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief

Scott Bessenecker, Director of Missions, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Darrell L. Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement

J Ron Byler, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Pastor J Edgar Boyd, Sr. Minister & CEO, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, CA

Vernon Burger II, Founder, His Voice Global

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

Galen Carey, Vice-President, National Association of Evangelicals

Noel Castellanos, President, Christian Community Development Association

Peter T. Cha, Professor of Church, Culture, and Society, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Eugene Cho, Senior Pastor, Quest Church

James Cho, English Track Director, Grace Mission University, Board Chair, ByGrace Trust, President, Great Commission Research Network

James Chen, Executive Director, Institute for Global Engagement

Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Sr., Administrative Bishop for the Fellowship of International Churches, Chief Bishop for the Mid-South Diocese and Senior Pastor of New Horizon Church International

Alan Cureton, President, University of Northwestern

Margaret Feinberg, author and speaker, Transparent Faith, Inc.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President of the National Day of Prayer

Micah Fries, Senior Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church

David Gibbons, Lead Pastor, Newsong, Founder, XEALOTS.ORG

Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

Timothy Haahs, Lead Pastor, Calvary Vision Church in Blue Bell, PA

Bishop Grant Hagiya, Resident Bishop of the Los Angeles and Hawaii Area of the United Methodist Church

Lisa Sharon Harper, Founder and President, Freedom Road, LLC

John P. Hartley, Chair, Evangelicals for Peace, Executive Director, Pathways for Mutual Respect

Kyle Healy, Pastor & Global Field Manager, Willow Creek Community Church

L. Randall Heckert, Ministry Director of Leadership Development and Multiplication, Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region  

Mitch Hescox, President, Evangelical Environmental Network

Dennis P. Hollinger, President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

John Hopler, Director, Great Commission Churches, National Office

Jon Huckins, Co-founder, Global Immersion Project

Hyepin Im, President/CEO & Founder at Faith and Community Empowerment (Formerly Korean Churches for Community Development)

Bishop Harry Jackson, Bishop and Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church

Steve Jones, President, The Missionary Church

Kathy Khang, Board member, Evangelicals for Social Action

Rev. Chongho James Kim, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Flushing, New York, Advisor, UMC Korea Peace Committee

Jamie Kim, Director, Reah International

Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, President and Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology

Sarah Withrow King, Deputy Director, Evangelicals for Social Action

Pastor Greg Laurie, Senior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship

Hak Joon Lee, Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary

Rick Love, President & Co-founder, Peace Catalyst International

Rev Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador General and Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church

Carl Medearis, Author, Speaking of Jesus

Rev. Johnnie Moore, Founder The Kairos Company

Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Columbus

Terry Palmberg

J. Nick Pitts, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at Dallas Baptist University, Author, The Daily Briefing

Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park University

Mark Reddy, CEO, The Justice Conference

Vickie Reddy, Executive Producer, The Justice Conference

John Robb, Chairman, International Prayer Council

Bob Roberts, Senior Pastor, Northwood Church

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center

Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College

Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Pastor, Calvario City Church

Ron Sider, Founder and President Emeritus, Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA)

Mark Siljander, Co-Founder, Trac5

Dr. Jay Strack, Founder, Student Leadership University

Rev. Tony Suarez, Executive Vice President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Stephanie Summers, CEO, Center for Public Justice

Don Sweeting, President, Colorado Christian University

Jer Swigart, Co-founder, Global Immersion Project  

Aaron Daniel Taylor, Producer, We Know Not What We Do

Joseph Tkach, President, Grace Communion International

Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Executive Director, Evangelicals for Social Action

Miroslav Volf, Professor, Yale Divinity School

Rev. Jim Wallis, President & Founder, Sojourners

Sealy Yates, Chairman, My Faith Votes and Founder of Yates and Yates

Josh Williams, Lead Pastor, Elm City Vineyard Church

Dr. Sophie C. Wong, President/CEO, Chinese For Christ

Jeanette Yep, Pastor, Global and Regional Engagement, Grace Chapel

Robert Zachritz, Vice President, World Vision

* Affiliations listed for identification purposes only

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