Dr. Rey Taniajura, our missions director for GCI in the Philippines presented a paper entitled "The Role and Significance of the Korean Missions Movement to the Globalization of Mission: A Suggested Focus of an Academic Study" at the recently concluded Asia Missions Association (AMA) 12th Triennial Convention held last April 18-22, 2016 at the Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF) Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
The paper lists as one of several assumptions that the pursuit of mission by the Body of Christ has always been vibrant and have been on the “offensive” so to speak, and that missions has taken on an even greater stride in the 20th and 21st centuries with the globalization phenomenon. The South Korean Church is described by the paper as having taken the center stage in missions movement today and its economic status taking a meteoric rise compared to the rest of the world. The paper further observes that the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19-20) is not just about discipling those who are members of the Christian Church, rather it is about discipling nations. “It is about testifying and witnessing to the rest of the nations of the transforming power of the gospel (good news) of the Kingdom of God,” the paper paraphrases Darrow Miller from the book,” Discipling Nations, The Power of Truth To Transform Cultures” published by YWAM Publishing in 1989.
Dr. Taniajura and his paper were received with enthusiasm by participants from different nations, all being active in the missions movement in their respective fields and home nations. Some observations from Korean participants even brought tears to those listening as some of them testified to the truth of the phenomenon but expressed discouragement over the seeming decrease in the Christian population of South Korea which results also in the decrease of spiritual momentum of said South Korean leadership in the today’s missions movement. One lady participant even went further to describe South Korea as in twilight phase in missions while praising God at how He seems to be moving in the Philippines describing it as the new dawn in missions movement. There were no dry eyes when said lady missionary asked ever so humbly to allow them Koreans to join us Filipino missions leaders to walk with us and journey together so as to witness God’s dawning missions move in the nation.
Asia Missions Association (AMA) was born in 1975 as a result of The All-Mission Consultation in 1973, in Seoul, South Korea. AMA has since conducted the triennial convention to promote missions in Asia, and has developed an Asian church partnership to extend the vision of world mission to other continents. The Philippine Missions Association (PMA), on the other hand, is a partnership of evangelical mission agencies, local churches, denominational missions commissions, and cross-cultural missions training organizations. PMA was founded in 1983 by Dr. Met Castillo who served as PMA’s General Secretary until 1995. It was established to train, send, and receive missionaries. Its focus later became missions mobilization through uniting missions-minded churches and mission agencies in the Philippines to challenge, equip, and mobilize the - Philippine Church to prioritize reaching the unreached peoples of the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
When the AMA 11th Triennial Convention concluded in October 2013 at Incheon South Korea, the Philippines, along with India were favored to host the next convention. After prayer and deliberation, the Philippines was chosen to host the 12th Triennial Convention by AMA officers which includes Head Chairman Dr. Timothy Kiho Park, Second Chairman Dr. Susanta Patra, Third Chairman Dr. David Lim, Treasurer Dr. Yohannes Nahuway and General Secretary Dr. Steve K Eom. At the end of the 12th Triennial Convention, India has been voted to host the 13th Triennial Convention in 2019. –-Beth Leyva, GCI Philippines Missions Community member