North Korea, Persecution, and Insider Movements: James Cha

What is the Korean Pentecost? Is Korea under divine judgment? And what does any of this have to do with Insider movements in the Islamic world? We tackle some massive topics with missionary and author James T. Cha of the Crescent Project, author of Fear Not.

Rev. James Cha was born in Pusan, Korea, and immigrated to the US in the early 1970s with his family. While studying electrical engineering at Cornell University, he surrendered his life to the call of God to be His ambassador to the world, especially to the Muslims. In 1991, he married his BFF, Faith, and after studies at Columbia Biblical Seminary (SC), they took their little children to Central Asia to serve the Lord as church planting missionaries. By God’s grace, over 120 Muslims came to faith in Jesus during their ten years of ministry. Since 2010, they have been back in the US, reaching out to the nations living in their community. They are on staff with Crescent Project, a ministry that equips the local churches to reach out to the Muslims in the community. James and Faith are also founders of i43, a ministry committed to fulfilling the Great Commission to the ends of the earth. They have three grown children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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2 thoughts on “North Korea, Persecution, and Insider Movements: James Cha

  1. Revival was already well underway when the Korean Pentecost happened. Presbyterian mission journals record large numbers of believers coming to Christ in the 1880’s-1890’s under the work of John Ross. John Ross was a student of “indigenous church theory” and implemented specific methodology – which missiologists say resulted in the vast numbers of people coming to Christ. John Nevius was later asked to come to Korea, and in 1890, the Nevius Method was adopted as “The Mission Method” to evangelize Korea. It emphasized lay leadership, house churches, self propagation of the gospel, and self governance of the churches. To say that “methods” of the early Korean church steal glory from God is a cop-out. God blessed these methods — and they are the same methods we see at use in the book of Acts.

  2. Excellent podcast on Korean Church and the need for all of us to be steadfast and not compromise. Powerful and moving testimony of Korean pastor and wife and their sacrifice to remain faithful.

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