March 30, 2021

[Disciples of the Nations: Multiplying Disciples and Churches in Global Contexts]


Fresh off the press, I’m excited to announce the release of my latest book Disciples of the Nations by Wipf and Stock Publishers (Resource Publications). In this book, I shared the secret of how the Lord has expanded the kingdom of God in fifteen countries of Africa and Asia by producing thousands of disciples and planting over three hundred local churches through the multiplication of Christian leadership training. This is a must-read for anyone aspiring to be used by God to manifest a kingdom-building lifestyle in cross-cultural contexts.

I'm so grateful to everyone who already ordered my book. If you haven't ordered yet, here is the information:

Disciples of the Nations: Multiplying Disciples and Churches in Global Contexts
by Paul Sungro Lee
Foreword by Rollin Van Broekhoven

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March 13, 2021

[The Lees Update] Newsletter (March 2021)

Dear Friend,

This week officially marks one year of Covid lockdown here in Manila. Initially stunned, later frustrated, and now somewhat used with this new “norm,” life and ministry go on with a new face. Most of our missionary work has been digitalized, regularly connecting and communicating with coworkers and disciples through various online technology. This new phase of work is quite handful … on the call almost 24/7, limited in space but widened in influence. Who would have dreamed a decade ago to have virtual meetings in your living room with mission leaders from Africa, Asia, and North America? Because of this global pandemic, it has become an unprecedented reality.

In fact, this online communication advancement made it possible for us to reach deeper into the ministry of our disciples who serve in nations that are restricted to the gospel and hostile to Christians. Among the top most difficult countries to follow Christ in 2021 are: Pakistan (#5), India (#10), Sudan (#13), China (#17), Myanmar (#18), and Vietnam (#19)
. (Source: Open Doors 2021 World Watch List)

Eunice and I have been training leaders for years for those challenging nations. Many of our national coworkers and disciples there have either experienced themselves or witnessed someone go through family disownment, physical assault, homelessness, social injustice, and community hatred all because of their faith.

Pastor “QV” and Brother Thanh serving in Vietnam are but two of many examples of such a committed lifestyle toward discipling young professionals in the country. Pastor Nanam and his wife have been in our mentoring group at IGSL before returning to India. Upon graduation, they decided to go to Hindu-dominated regions of Northern India instead of South India where they originated from. Their devoted work continues to bear fruits of new church plants and leadership training in hostile communities. A number of Burmese students are currently in my class, and Myanmar is undergoing a military coup d'Γ©tat, rousing protests and subsequential violence against citizens. The nation is at unrest. A 97% Muslim-dominated nation, Pakistan stands out as one of the countries where women and children are neglected and mistreated. Mrs. “N”, who Eunice taught the importance of children ministry at IGSL, has gone back to Pakistan and is now reaching out to the least of the society through children ministry among the poor. At the outbreak of Coronavirus in the nation, EAPTC’s work in East Asia has been moving more secretively due to increased regulation and surveillance imposed on churches and pastors in the name of community quarantines.

Eunice and I thank you for enabling us to equip these suffering servants around the world through your sacrificial prayer and giving. We’re privileged to be your hand and feet to serve them. Yes, Coronavirus might have put us under lockdown, but the mission of God is not hindered. May God’s sustaining grace prevail in your life during this season of Lent.

Yours together,
Dr. Paul Lee (& Eunice)

March 12, 2021

[μ΄μ„λ‘œ/μ†‘μž¬μ€ 선ꡐ사] μ„ κ΅μ†Œμ‹ (2021λ…„ 3μ›”)

μ„ κ΅μ˜ 문을 열어주사

μ½”λ‘œλ‚˜λ‘œ 인해 λ§ˆλ‹λΌ μ§€μ—­μ˜ μΆœμž…μ΄ ν†΅μ œλœμ§€ 곧 만 1λ…„μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. 이런 λ‹΅λ‹΅ν•˜κ³  κ°‘κ°‘ν•œ μƒν™©μ†μ—μ„œ 벌써 1년이 μ§€λ‚˜κ°”λ‹€λŠ” 것이 믿겨지지가 μ•ŠμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그런데 이 와쀑에도 λ§Žμ€ 주의 일듀이 μ΄λ£¨μ–΄μ‘Œλ‹€λŠ” 사싀이 λ”μš± λ†€λžμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ½”λΉ„λ“œλ‘œ 인해 주둜 사역듀이 온라인으둜 λŒ€μ²΄λ˜λ©΄μ„œ μ„ κ΅μ‚¬μ—­μ˜ μŠ€μΌ€μΌμ΄ 더 λ§Žμ€ 지역을 μ»€λ²„ν•˜κ²Œ 된 것을 λ΄…λ‹ˆλ‹€. κΈ°λŒ€ν•˜μ§€ μ•Šμ•˜λ˜ λ°©λ²•μœΌλ‘œ μ£Όλ‹˜μ΄ μΌν•˜μ‹  것을 μ¦κ±°ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€μ„ κ΅λŠ” μ„±λ Ήλ‹˜μ΄ μ£Όκ΄€ν•˜μ‹œκ³  이루어 κ°€μ‹ λ‹€λŠ” 것을 λ‹€μ‹œν•œλ²ˆ μƒκΈ°ν•˜κ²Œ λ˜μ—ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€κ·ΈλŸ¬ν•œ 간증듀을 이번 μ„ κ΅νŽΈμ§€λ₯Ό 톡해 λ‚˜λˆ„μ–΄λ³΄λ €κ³  ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

2021년도 톡계에 μ˜ν•˜λ©΄ 세계 기독ꡐ λ°•ν•΄ κ΅­κ°€ 20μœ„ κ΅­κ°€λ“€ 쀑에 νŒŒν‚€μŠ€νƒ„ (핍박 5μœ„), 인도 (핍박 10μœ„), μˆ˜λ‹¨ (핍박 13μœ„), 쀑ꡭ (핍박 17μœ„), λ―Έμ–€λ§ˆ (핍박 18μœ„), λ² νŠΈλ‚¨ (핍박 19μœ„) μ΄ μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 이 λ‚˜λΌλ“€μ€ ν˜„μž¬ 솑선ꡐ사와 μ œκ°€ μ‚¬μ—­μžλ“€μ„ μ–‘μ„±ν•΄μ˜€κ³  μžˆλŠ” μ§€μ—­λ“€μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. 직접적인 폭λ ₯κ³Ό 가해도 μžˆμ§€λ§Œ, μ‚¬νšŒμ , 경제적, ꡬ쑰적 λΆˆμ΄μ΅μ„ κ°μˆ˜ν•˜κ³  주의 일을 κ°λ‹Ήν•˜λŠ” 이듀이 λŒ€λ‹€μˆ˜μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.

예λ₯Ό λ“€λ©΄, μ§€λ‚œ 3λ…„κ°„ IGSL μ‹ ν•™κ΅μ—μ„œ ν›ˆλ ¨λ°›κ³  μ½”λΉ„λ“œλ‘œ 인해 λ² νŠΈλ‚¨ κ·€ν™˜μ΄ μ§€μ—°λ˜μ–΄ μ˜€λ‹€ 2020λ…„ 11월에 λΉ„λ‘œμ†Œ μž¬νŒŒμ†‘λ˜μ–΄ λŒμ•„κ°„ Thanh 간사 가정이 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ˜ν•œ EAPTC와 ν•¨κ»˜ T μ§€μ—­μ—μ„œ 청년듀을 μ€‘μ‹¬μœΌλ‘œ ꡐ회λ₯Ό κ°œμ²™ν•˜λ©° μ œμžν›ˆλ ¨ 사역을 μ „κ°œν•˜λŠ” QV μ „λ„μ‚¬λ‹˜ 가정도 λ² νŠΈλ‚¨ μ‚¬μ—­μžλ“€μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. 주민등둝증 μ’…κ΅λž€μ— 기독ꡐ가 기둝되면 취직과 μŠΉμ§„μ΄ μ–΄λ €μš΄ λ‚˜λΌκ°€ λ² νŠΈλ‚¨μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ²½μ œμ μœΌλ‘œλŠ” λ°œμ „λ˜μ–΄ κ°€κ³  μžˆμ§€λ§Œ 아직도 μ‹ μ•™μ˜ μžμœ λŠ” 보μž₯λ˜μ§€ μ•ŠλŠ” 곡산당 λ…μž¬μ˜ μ‚¬νšŒμ£Όμ˜ κ΅­κ°€μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.

IGSLμ—μ„œ 솑선ꡐ사와 μ œκ°€ 개인적으둜 λ©˜ν† λ§ν•œ Nanam λͺ©μ‚¬λ‹˜ κ°€μ • μ—­μ‹œ μ‘Έμ—… ν›„ νžŒλ‘κ΅κ°€ λ“μ„Έν•˜λŠ” 뢁 인도 μ§€μ—­μœΌλ‘œ λ“€μ–΄κ°€ μ‚¬μ—­μž ν›ˆλ ¨μ„ κ°λ‹Ήν•˜κ³  κ΅νšŒλ“€μ„ κ°œμ²™ν•˜κ³  μžˆλŠ” κ·€ν•œ 믿음의 μš©λ³‘λ“€μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ•„μ‹œλŠ” 뢄듀도 κ³„μ‹œκ² μ§€λ§Œ, μ§€κΈˆ λ―Έμ–€λ§ˆλŠ” ꡰ사 μΏ λ°νƒ€λ‘œ λ‚˜λΌκ°€ λ§ˆλΉ„λœ μƒνƒœμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ œκ°€ μ§€κΈˆ 온라인으둜 κ°€λ₯΄μΉ˜λŠ” 학생듀 κ°€μš΄λ°μ—λ„ λ―Έμ–€λ§ˆ μ‚¬μ—­μžλ“€μ΄ μ—¬λŸΏ μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ΄λ“€μ˜ μ•ˆμ „κ³Ό 사역을 μœ„ν•΄ 기도가 절둜 λ‚˜μ˜€κ³€ ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 저희가 κ°€λ₯΄μΉœ IGSL 학생듀 쀑에 νŒŒν‚€μŠ€νƒ„μ—μ„œ μ‚¬μ—­ν•˜λŠ” 쑸업생듀이 μ—¬λŸ¬λͺ… μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 회ꡐ 97%의 νŒŒν‚€μŠ€νƒ„μ—μ„œ μ†Œμˆ˜μ˜ 기독ꡐ인듀이 κ²½ν—˜ν•˜λŠ” λ°•ν•΄μ˜ λΉˆλ„λŠ” μ‚Άμ˜ 전역에 μ‘΄μž¬ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 특히 μ—¬μ„±μ˜ κΆŒλ¦¬κ°€ λ¬΄μ‹œλ˜λŠ” 회ꡐ λ¬Έν™”κΆŒμ—μ„œ λͺ©νšŒμž 사λͺ¨λ“€κ³Ό μ—¬μ„± μ‚¬μ—­μžλ“€μ΄ μ²΄κ°ν•˜λŠ” λΆˆμ΄μ΅μ΄λž€ 이루 λ‹€ λ§ν• μˆ˜ 없이 ν—ˆλ‹€ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 솑선ꡐ사가 κ°€λ₯΄μ³€λ˜ IGSL 사λͺ¨λ°˜μ—μ„œ ν›ˆλ ¨λ°›μ€ N 사λͺ¨λ‹˜μ€ ν˜„μž¬ νŒŒν‚€μŠ€νƒ„μ—μ„œ μ—¬μ„± 사역과 어린이 사역을 펼치며 μ†Œμ™Έλ°›λŠ” μ§€μ—­μ‚¬νšŒ μΌμ›λ“€μ—κ²Œ κ·Έλ¦¬μŠ€λ„μ˜ μ‚¬λž‘μ„ μ „ν•˜κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·Έλ¦¬μŠ€λ„μ˜ 빛이 아직도 ν¬λ―Έν•œ 세계 λ°©λ°©κ³‘κ³‘μ—μ„œ μ†Œλ§κ³Ό μ‚¬λž‘μ„ λ‚˜λˆ„λŠ” 주의 일꾼듀을 μ–‘μ„±ν•˜κ³  κ²©λ €ν•˜λŠ” 이 μ‚¬μ—­μ΄μ•Όλ§λ‘œ μ‹€λ‘œ λ³΄λžŒμžˆλŠ” μΌμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·ΈλŸ¬λ‚˜ ν—˜ν•œ ν™˜κ²½μ†μ—μ„œ μ‚¬μ—­ν•˜λŠ” μ œμžλ“€κ³Ό 쑸업생듀을 보면 λ•Œλ‘œλŠ” μ•„ν”„κ³  μ°Ήμ°Ήν•œ 마음으둜 μ€‘λ³΄ν•˜κ²Œ λ©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ˜ˆμˆ˜λ‹˜μ„ λ”°λ₯Έλ‹€λŠ” 이유 ν•˜λ‚˜ λ•Œλ¬Έμ— μ–΄λ €μš΄ 삢을 선택해야 ν•˜λŠ” μ‹ μ•™μ˜ 지체듀이 이 μ§€κ΅¬μƒμ—λŠ” 아직도 μˆ˜μ—†μ΄ λ§ŽμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

Cκ΅­ λ‚΄μ—μ„œ μ‚¬μ—­μžν›ˆλ ¨ 사역을 μ „κ°œν•˜κ³  μžˆλŠ” EAPTC μ±…μž„μž λͺ©μ‚¬λ‹˜κ³Ό μˆ˜μ‹œλ‘œ μ†Œν†΅ν•˜λ©°, μ½”λΉ„λ“œ μ΄ν›„λ‘œ 더 삼엄해진 Cκ΅­ μ •λΆ€μ˜ 쒅ꡐ탄압을 λͺ©κ²©ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ°©μ—­μ΄λΌλŠ” 이유λ₯Ό 핑계삼아 λ”μš± μ² μ €ν•˜κ²Œ κ΅νšŒμ™€ λͺ©νšŒμžλ“€μ˜ μˆ¨ν†΅μ„ 쑰이고 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. λͺ¨λ“  인터넷 λŒ€ν™” λ‚΄μš©λ“€μ΄ κ²€μ—΄λ©λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·Έκ°„ μ½”λΉ„λ“œ μ‚¬νƒœλ‘œ 인해 기독ꡐ λ°•ν•΄ μ§€μ—­μ—μ„œ ν˜„μ§€ μ‚¬μ—­μžλ“€μ„ ν–₯ν•œ ν•λ°•μ˜ μ§€μˆ˜κ°€ κ°•ν™”λœ 곳이 λ§ŽμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그런데 λ†€λΌμš΄ μ§„λ¦¬λŠ” ν•λ°• 속에 κ΅νšŒλ“€μ΄ μ„±μž₯ν•˜κ³  μ‚¬μ—­μžλ“€μ΄ μ„±μˆ™ν•΄ κ°„λ‹€λŠ” κ²ƒμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. 이듀을 λ³΄λ©΄μ„œ μ’…μ’… μ„±κ²°ν•œ κ΅νšŒμ™€ μ„±κ²°ν•œ μ‚¬μ—­μžμ˜ λͺ¨μŠ΅λ“€μ„ λ°œκ²¬ν•˜κ²Œ λ©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

μ—¬λŸ¬λΆ„μ˜ 기도와 후원을 νž˜μž…κ³  μ—¬λŸ¬λΆ„μ˜ 손과 발이 λ˜μ–΄ 이렇듯 μ—΄λ°©μ—μ„œ 핍박을 무릅쓰고 μ‚¬μ—­ν•˜λŠ” 주의 일꾼듀을 μ„¬κΈΈμˆ˜ μžˆλŠ” νŠΉκΆŒμ— κ°μ‚¬λ“œλ¦½λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그리고 μ—¬λŸ¬λΆ„κ»˜ λΆ€νƒλ“œλ¦½λ‹ˆλ‹€. ν•˜λ‚˜λ‹˜κ»˜μ„œ κ³„μ†ν•˜μ—¬ 열방을 ν–₯ν•œ μ„ κ΅μ˜ 문을 μ €ν¬μ—κ²Œ μ—΄μ–΄ μ£Όμ‹œλ„λ‘ 기도해 μ£Όμ‹­μ‹œμ˜€. 감μ˜₯에 κ°‡νžŒ ν™˜κ²½μ†μ—λ„ μ˜ˆμˆ˜κ·Έλ¦¬μŠ€λ„λ₯Ό μ „ν•˜κΈ° μœ„ν•΄ κ³¨λ‘œμƒˆ κ΅μΈλ“€μ—κ²Œ 기도λ₯Ό λΆ€νƒν–ˆλ˜ 사도 λ°”μšΈμ„ νšŒμƒν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ½”λ‘œλ‚˜λ‘œ 인해 직접적인 μ™ΈλΆ€ ν™œλ™μ΄ λ‹¨μ ˆλ˜κΈ΄ ν–ˆμ§€λ§Œ μ„ κ΅λŠ” λ§‰νžˆμ§€ μ•Šμ•˜μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ—¬λŸ¬λΆ„κ³Ό μ œκ°€ 기도와 후원과 μ„¬κΉ€μœΌλ‘œ λ°°μΆœν•œ 주의 μ‚¬μ—­μžλ“€μ΄ μ—΄λ°© κ³³κ³³ 볡음의 뢈λͺ¨μ§€μ—μ„œ 주의 λ‚˜λΌλ₯Ό μ„Έμ›Œκ°€κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

μ£Όλ‹˜μ˜ μž„μž¬λ₯Ό λ°”λΌλŠ” 이 μ‚¬μˆœμ ˆ 기간에 μžŠμ§€ λ§ˆμ‹œκ³  μ—΄λ°©μ—μ„œ λ³΅μŒμ„ μ „ν•˜λŠ” μš°λ¦¬μ˜ λ™μ—­μžλ“€μ„ μœ„ν•΄μ„œ 기도해 μ£Όμ‹­μ‹œμ˜€. λ˜ν•œ 저희 가정을 μœ„ν•΄μ„œλ„ 기도해 μ£Όμ‹œκΈ° λ°”λžλ‹ˆλ‹€:

"또 ν•˜λ‚˜λ‹˜κ»˜μ„œ μ „λ„μ˜ 문을 μš°λ¦¬μ—κ²Œ μ—΄μ–΄ μ£Όμ…”μ„œ, μš°λ¦¬κ°€ κ·Έλ¦¬μŠ€λ„μ˜ 비밀을 말할 수 μžˆλ„λ‘, 우리λ₯Ό μœ„ν•΄μ„œλ„ κΈ°λ„ν•˜μ—¬ μ£Όμ‹­μ‹œμ˜€ … " (κ³¨λ‘œμƒˆμ„œ 3:4)

μ–΄λ €μš΄ 팬데믹 κ°€μš΄λ° λ³΄ν˜Έν•˜μ‹œκ³  μΈλ„ν•˜μ‹œλŠ” μ£Όλ‹˜μ˜ 손길이 ν•¨κ»˜ ν•˜μ‹œκΈ°λ₯Ό κΈ°λ„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 볡된 μ‚¬μˆœμ ˆμ„ κΈ°μ›λ“œλ¦½λ‹ˆλ‹€.

* ν•¨κ»˜ 기도해 μ£Όμ„Έμš”

(1) 팬데믹 쀑 μ–΄λ €μš΄ ν™˜κ²½μ†μ—μ„œ λ³΅μŒμ„ μ „ν•˜λŠ” μ œμžλ“€μ˜ 보호, 건강, 곡급을 μœ„ν•΄μ„œ
(2) 저희듀이 μ£Όλ‹˜μ˜ 인도λ₯Ό 잘 λΆ„λ³„ν•˜λ©° λ”°λΌκ°ˆμˆ˜ μžˆλ„λ‘
(3) μ½”λΉ„λ“œλ‘œ 인해 온라인으둜 μ§„ν–‰λ˜λŠ” 사역듀에 ν•˜λ‚˜λ‹˜μ˜ 곡급과 μ€ν˜œκ°€ ν•¨κ»˜ ν•˜μ‹œκΈ°λ₯Ό
(4) 온 κ°€μ‘±μ˜ 건강과 특히 μ–‘κ°€ λΆ€λͺ¨λ‹˜λ“€μ˜ ν‰μ•ˆκ³Ό 건강을 μœ„ν•΄μ„œ
(5) μ§„κ·œμ™€ ν˜„κ·œκ°€ ν•˜λ‚˜λ‹˜μ˜ μ‚¬λžŒμœΌλ‘œ 신앙을 지킀며 μ„±μž₯ν• μˆ˜ μžˆλ„λ‘

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