Korean Church to expand overseas mission

Korean Church to expand overseas mission
Korea
2010-10-01 13:30:18
Overseas missionaries should respect the culture  and people they work with in order to develop the local Church, say seminar participants. The Korean Bishops’ Committee for the Pastoral Care of Koreans Living Abroad and various Religious congregations jointly organized the seminar  at Myeongdong Cathedral on Oct. 1 in order to help missionaries share their experiences on overseas mission work. Father Augustine Kim Myong-dong, Superior General of the Korean Missionary Society, told some 60 missionaries on the first day of the seminar to maintain the "supreme principle" of the Church and the mission. "Overseas missioners should adopt the culture of local people and devote themselves to develop churches with mutual respect, open dialogue, solidarity and unity," he said. He also stressed the importance of mission work in Asia because it has a small Christian population and would be a good opportunity for greater development. As the Korean Church has grown dynamically and shares in Asian culture, it has the ability to take on more overseas missions, he said. For that, he urged them to establish a "missioners’ school" at the national level. However, Father Daniel O’Keeffe, Korea provincial of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, told ucanews.com that  "lots of Korean Religious institutions and dioceses are now going overseas for missions, but some do well while others shut down and had to return." Hence, "sharing information helps those who go on their overseas missions," he said. The Korean Bishops’ Committee plans to hold the seminar annually in order to make a more effective mission. Related report Korean Church to host overseas mission day KO11418.1621
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