And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. (2Chronicles 7:13-15)
Our God allowed the current COVID-19 pandemic and our understanding of his purpose is limited. However, if we God’s people humble ourselves and pray and seek him and repent of our sins sincerely, then he will hear us and forgive our sins and heal our land. God’s eyes will be open and his ears attentive to our prayers. So, come, let us pray in sincere repentance and seek his face! Let us also intercede for our community and our land faithfully as God’s chosen people.
Pray for those who are sick. Pray for those who have lost their loved ones. Pray for those who lost hope. Pray for them to come to Jesus in whom is life. May the light of life in Jesus shine on those in darkness and save them!
We pray that the current pandemic crisis may turn to an opportunity:
To have a deeper and personal relationship with our Lord Jesus and grow as independent servants of God.
To have an intimate fellowship with our family and worship God together.
To actively connect to friends and coworkers online and offline while keeping social distancing (One beautiful thing God is doing among us nowadays is that He is uniting us as a loving, caring and prayerful community through the current crisis. Praise God!).
To help the needy and lead the lost souls to come to God (Many are using social media to reach out people in the current crisis).
Pray for medical workers (especially those in UBF) who are fighting with coronavirus in the frontline. May God be their ultimate PPE (personal protective equipment)!
Sick Coworkers (COVID-19 positive):
M. J*osephSohn and his family (New Jersey): We pray for their complete recovery.
M. A*braham and S*arahSohn (Evanston, Canada): We pray for their complete recovery.
M. Grace Min and David Min, Jr (LA): We pray for their recovery and God’s protection for the family.
M. P*ierreJung (Montreal, Canada): We pray for his complete recovery and God’s protection for the family.
S. J*acqueline (Riverside, USA): We pray for her complete recovery (She is taking a strong anti-inflammatory medicine, cough medicine and a lung inhaler). The doctor said that the symptoms (back, head, throat, and joint pain, dizziness, fatigue, cough, upset stomach, etc.) may last for up to 3-4 months. S. Roberto is recovering and had to go to work not to lose his job. His children are getting better. Please pray for this family.
S. D*anielZhivaev (MGIMO, CIS) is getting better. Please pray that his lungs may be recovered completely. His wife S. Hannah has a fever. Please pray for her recovery.
S. D*ennisMiller and his family, K*ristin and JimS., J*oe and M*onicaPark, M*aryPark (single, graduate), J*oannLopez (All in Chicago): We pray for their complete recovery.
COVID-19 is spreading rapidly again EVERYWHERE in the world. Patients cannot get proper medical treatments in many countries. Please pray for our coworkers who are in very vulnerable situations.
Pray for the seniors in nursing homes: mothers of M. P*aulineMoon and M. H*elenKim.
Pray for missionaries and shepherds in urgent financial needs. Many coworkers lost their jobs or closed their businesses due to the current pandemic. The HQ has sent out financial supports to them with the donations and relief offerings collected from our community. Please pray that we may continue to have enough funding to support the coworkers in urgent needs. If you want to donate for them, click here: donate.ubf.org.
Pray for our Prayer Relay project. God is blessing this prayer movement and is uniting us to be a loving and praying community worldwide that prays for one another. He is also answering our intercessory prayers and working mightily in our community. We pray for more participants in our prayer relay to accomplish 24 hour prayer. May God encourage more people to participate in this movement and pray for our community!
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16, ESV)
We thank God for giving us a clear spiritual direction through the new year’s key verse message by P. Moses Yoon. May God bless us to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly throughout this year so that God’s word may gain power and bear fruit in every aspect of our lives!
We also pray for the following prayer topics:
To build a loving community
To raise leaders of next generations
To serve campuses through laymen missionaries
To send 100,000 missionaries out by 2041
May God's kingdom come and His will be done through UBF's Campus Mission and Laymen Movement!
World Mission Report 2021 (May 30, Korea) – Online
Missionary Conference (May 30 - June 1) - Online
Korea UBF staff started planning and preparing for these events. Please pray for them.
UBF Online Forum:
- The 8th Korean Forum will be on “Children’s Spiritual Education in the House Church Ministries.” M. S*arahT.Ahn (Portland, USA), M. P*aulHur (Paris), and M. R*ebekahGoEunLee (Kentucky, USA) will serve as presenters. May God continue to bless online forum to be edifying and encouraging to many UBF coworkers in 2021. Please pray for the Online Forum Task Force (led by Dr. E*zraCho).
- The 7th English Forum was held on January 16 with a title, “Understanding and Adaptation to Foreign Culture: Gospel, Culture, and Mission Strategy.” Over 100 people attended the forum including many young people. May God continue to bless this forum to be a platform for communication and learning among our leaders around the world.
- The 4th Spanish Forum will be held on January 29 with a title, “The power of prayer" “El poder de la oración!" Please pray for the panelists: Ana Hernandez (Iztacala, México), Juan Baek (Caracas, Venezuela), and M. Timoteo Han (Sao Paulo, Brasil). M. Isaac Park (Iztacala, México) will serve as a moderator. May God continue to bless this forum to be a platform of education and communication for Spanish-speaking cowokers!
UBF Online Support Team (led by Dr. J*osephCho):
- UBF Tentmakers – A Life Following God’s words: This is a YouTube channel that introduces the life of UBF lay missionaries. There are both Korean and English channels. The fourth video was uploaded. Please pray for this precious project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXSev7iJ7ec
- Biblestudyfree.org: This is a Bible study matchmaking website that connects students to Bible teachers through google search platform (https://biblestudyfree.org/). Students who search Bible study on Google and Facebook can be directed to this website for sign-up. Then we can connect them to appropriate shepherds in local chapters.
- Provides hands-on coaching on online ministry.
Vision Camp: Evidence of Biblical Creation lecture series are ongoing. The last lecture will be on February 6 (https://visioncampubf.org/registration). The Vision Camp team (led by M. A*brahamLee) started planning about Vision Camp 2021. Please continue to pray for the Vision Camp activities and God’s work in the heart and lives of many young people.
Online Ministry (Campus Mission via Social Media, Online Worship Service, Bible study, Conference, etc): May God bless our online ministry so that we may build up a loving community and reach out to students effectively.
Offline Ministry: Many schools are on hybrid systems (online + offline). Students are returning to campuses with great excitement. May God give us wisdom to reach out to the students and share the love of God with them!
Korea UBF Staff meeting (every Monday): May God be with the meetings and help Korean staff to be united and work together with passion and wisdom. Please pray for P. Moses Kim’s leadership.
Emerging Leaders Cohort (ELC) program: Two teams (Charlie and Delta teams) of young emerging leaders are currently going through this long-term program (English). They usually meet every Saturday online with instructors to learn and discuss about diverse topics and to have fellowship with one another. Please pray for this program to be used preciously to raise many emerging leaders in UBF. Women Emerging Leader’s Cohort program is also under development led by S. L*izHembekides. Pray also for the Latin ELC program (Spanish). The second cohort team will start soon.
Sh. Deuk-Hyun Kang (HangKang, Korea)’s theology lecture series: He finished 10 months of theology studies with about 25 Latin missionaries in 2020. He will start a similar lecture series with CIS missionaries from 2/17/2021.
Dr. Mark Yang is leading a series of Colossians Bible Studies for Latin missionaries (12/16/2020-2/10/2021). Around 25 missionaries are having weekly Bible studies with Dr. Mark Yang. After finishing 7 lectures Colossians study, they will start Revelations inductive Bible study, which consists of 19 lectures in total.
New Pioneering Ministries and New Leaders:
- Three African shepherds were ordained as pastors of their chapters on January 24: A*brahamOmotunde (Nigeria), J*oshuaFuchingoJuma (Kenya), and M*amdouhSaleh (Egypt). P. TeddyHembekides is visiting Kenya for the ceremony and deliver the ordination message. Many servants of God attended the ceremony online and offline, and blessed the new pastors. Please continue to pray for the three precious pastors.
- University of Johannesburg Pioneering (South Africa): God helped M. Jacob and Rebekah Kim to pioneer Wits University in Johannesburg from 2007. They passed the leadership on to the local shepherds 2 years ago and the local leaders have been well established in Wits UBF. Now God called M. Jacob and Rebekah to pioneer the University of Johannesburg (UJ) from 2021. Our prayer topics are: 1) Gracious online worship service, 2) M. Jacob Kim’s heart-moving Sunday message, 3) To have Bible students.
New Oceania Coordinator, M. J*oshuaLee (Canberra): M. M*arkLee (Macquarie, Sydney) served as a Oceania Coordinator from 2016 to 2020. Now M. Joshua will serve as a new coordinator for next 4 years with M. H*annahLee. They came to Canberra, the capital city of Australia, in 1991. They have been serving ANU (Australian National University) and UC (University of Canberra) since then as one house church. HannahLee Jr married DavidLee Jr and S. P*hilip is working with M. Joshua as a Sunday worship service messenger. May God bless 60 universities in Oceania (43 in Australia, 8 in NZ, 6 in PNG, 3 in Fiji) and make Oceania a kingdom of priests and a holy nation!
Cambodia Mission updates (by JoanYoon, Hwarang, Korea): After M. Paul and Joan returned to Korea two years ago, God’s ministry kept growing among Cambodian leaders. Their prayer topics are: 1) Joseph Lee may serve as a powerful messenger in 2021, 2) the word of Jesus may dwell in Dr. Isaac Suh richly in 2021, 3) Discipleship ministry: Reak, Sony, Sumnang, Zariya, Dream Lee, Juha Lee may grow as disciples of Jesus.
Kenya UBF prayer requests (by M. M*arkYoon): In the year 2021, S. J*umaFuchingo will lead our ministry as an interim director as a part of the ministry succession process. Our prayer topics are: (1) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, and revive our faith. Spirit-filled 1:1 bible studies, and Sunday worship service by faith overcoming covid situations, (2) S. Juma to be ordained on 24th January by the HQ ordination committee (Chair, Teddy Hembekides) and be faithful and a responsible steward of God's flock among us!
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. (James 5:15-18)
M. P*aulineLipsey (Washington UBF): She went to be with our Lord Jesus, ending her long battle with cancer. She is now in a place where there is no pain and tears. Please pray for the remaining family (her husband, S. D*onLipsey and her son, Isaac) to be strong in their faith. May God’s comfort be with them!
M. A*naHeo (Paraguay): Her pancreatitis became worse so she went to Korea with M. A*ndrewHeo. They got Korean health insurance and had a health check-up. Please pray that she may receive accurate diagnosis and proper treatments so that she may be healed completely in Korea by God’s grace. Pray for their children as well.
Pray for M. A*nnaYang (Chicago): By God’s grace and the sacrificial love and serving from the Seo family (Msn. J*ohn and A*na Seo including their daughter who helped the antibiotic injection for six weeks) in Chicago, she was able to finish six weeks’ antibiotic treatment successfully without side-effects or complications or further infection. According to doctors, there is no need for further surgery. Now there is no problem in terms of eating and sleeping except a little discomfort in her tongue. However, she is vulnerable to the virus attack because her immune system became weak due to the strong antibiotic injection for six weeks. Please continue to pray for her full recovery and protection from the virus. Also, we ask your prayer support for her official retirement from a personal assistant position for Mother Barry whom she had served for the last 13 years on 2/1. Thank you so much for all your prayers and love. (Sarah T. A*hn & M*ark Yang Jr).
Dr. E*lisabethKim (Wiesbaden, Germany) is receiving chemo-treatment for her acute breast cancer. Pleas pray that she may endure all the treatment well and be completely healed.
Oakley, M. P*aulDang’s (Milwaukee) granddaughter had a successful heart surgery for Ventricular Septal Defect . Please pray for a complete recovery.
S. D*arrenGruett (NEIU, Chicago) (By Helen G): He got surgery to remove testicular cancer. The surgery was successful, but it looks like he will need chemotherapy since it may have spread to his lymph nodes in his abdomen. We pray cancer may not spread again to another part of his body. Please continue to pray for his complete recovery.
E*stherYoo (11 years old, M. D*avidYoo’s daughter) (Koln, Germany) fell from the horse in March. She got injured and her elbow was not straightened. She had a third surgery on 12/16. Pray that her nerve may be restored well.
M. Sarah Barry's 91st birthday (1/22): Coworkers who are closely serving M. Barry celebrated her 91st birthday in the midst of the severe COVID 19 restrictions in Chicago. May God continue to give her good health to keep praying for us as our mother of prayer.
M. I*saac and RebekahLim (Osh, Kyrgyzstan, Silver missionaries): They are now in Korea due to the mother in law’s sickness. Their return was delayed due to Osh Pandemic situation. M. Isaac’s Korean language school has been so successful for the past 10 years that they received the best institute award among 200 SejongHakdangs abroad. Their reputation spread that 600 students from the neighboring countries registered the program last year. Please pray for their safe return (if possible after vaccination). May God continue to bless their life in Osh as silver missionaries.
M. A*ndrewKim (Ethiopia, Africa) returned to Korea: M. Andrew came to Africa in 1990 to Sudan first and served the Lord and his flock in Africa (Sudan, Ethiopia) for nearly 30 years. God had blessed Africa to raise many native leaders through our sacrificial missionaries like M. Andrew. His prayer topics are: 1) Continue NGO work as a volunteer in Korea, 2) Get a new job in Korea in good health, 3) Joshua, Zgai, Dr. Jerusalem, Dr. Surafe may keep on growing in faith.
New house church: J*osephKim (Philadelphia) and S*arahYun (Cornerstone) (1/16): God established a beautiful house church between the two 2nd gen leaders. Their marriage key verse is Ephesians 5:21 “Submit to one another in reverence for Christ.” May God bless them to be a Christ-centered house church and a blessing to many.
New house church: Nick Livingstone & Rudra Padia (Melbourne, Oceania): Their wedding will be on February 15 but they celebrated God’s establishment of the new house church at a Bible camp last week. Their KV is Gen 12:3. Prayer topics: 1. Jesus, the center of house church 2. To be good shepherds for God's flock of sheep 3. Unity in the love of Jesus 4. Mutually learn patience and compassion daily.
Sick coworkers and children:
H*annahKoh (Hansung), H*annahByeon (Kwanak 3), J*oshuaJin (Kwanak3), T*ae-wooKim (Yeon-hee), S*arangKim (Korea), J*uyongKim (Mongolia), Y*esungKim (Jong Ro), D*anielKim (Campina, Brazil), M*eiKim (Chicago), P*aulKim (NY), G*raceKim (Karawachi, Indonesia), E*ugenia (Peru), T*heresaNam (Gongrung, Korea), J*uanaPark (Colombia), K*yunghwaPark (Anam), P*aulineLipsey (Washington), H*annahCho (Busan, Korea), YoonSook Choi (JongRo2, Korea), M. A*nnaHuh (Paraguay)
Y*esungKim (JongRo, Korea) (By J*ohnKim): His recent test result was “No cancer cells.” We are grateful for the grace of God for the good result, and we sincerely thank everyone who prayed for him. Please continue to pray for his complete recovery.
M. J*uanaPark (Bogota, Colombia): She went to Korea for her check-up (Cancer). Please pray for her stay in Korea and the check-up.
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Many coworkers lost their jobs or closed their businesses due to the current pandemic. The HQ has sent out financial supports to them with the donations and relief offerings collected from our community. Those who have received our support are very grateful to your prayers and support. Please pray that we may continue to have enough funding to support the coworkers in urgent needs.
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