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Article: The Korean Pentecost: The Great Revival of 1907

Perhaps one of the great challenges to Korean-Americans in living out their faith as a minority culture in the face of a wholly different majority culture is to empower them with a glimpse into how Koreans came to the Christian faith. The narrative is extremely important to me now as I wrestle with these issues, because I believe that we have a great deal of explaining to do as to how we, as part of this Asian-American diaspora, are grafted onto a Jewish tree; putting our faith in a Middle Eastern Messiah while living a near-complete revolution of the globe away from a place our fathers called home.

Therefore, how my father and grandfather were impacted by the Gospel is of immeasurable importance to me, because I must know that my hope in Jesus as my Savior was not a product of imperialistic or economic pressures. I need to hear that people that looked like me and my forefathers were transformed by the Holy Spirit to the degree that is beyond explanation. I realize that it is selfish of me to desire it, but I believe it to be important because while I know that the Gospel moved immediately into Europe and Africa, I want to know that same power that is expressed in Acts, that same community that was born out of the first church, and healing that I believe to be true, happened to Koreans in Korea. I believe that to be of utmost importance as I live in a postmodern America as a hyphenated American, where I re-evaluate my own faith in terms of whether my God is inclusive, universal, and passionate about redeeming about people that look like me. Because then I will have all the more courage to speak the truth, in love, to others that look nothing like me.

Then, with no further ado, my fellow Korean-Americans…read the following:

Article: The Korean Pentecost

About David Park

Christian 2nd-generation Korean American; Atlanta Georgia; more details to come.

3 responses to “Article: The Korean Pentecost: The Great Revival of 1907

  1. josh ⋅

    Hey I’m not KA; can I read your article? It is a cool read and interesting how such revival took place almost simultaneously all over the world during that period of history. Also interesting how now Koreans struggle to integrate culture & faith in a meaningful way. But best of all (for all of us) is to discover a spiritual legacy that isn’t just rooted in colonialism/imperialism & oppression.

  2. Particularly fascinating that you mention this time in history in terms of revival.
    I hadn’t realized it before, but you are absolutlye right. On the other hand, I have always wondered about what happened in the mid 1800s when a great deal of Adventists and cult groups (Mormons, Jehovah’s witness, Ba’hai) all began. Pretty interesting…perhaps we could do a little research together and find out!

  3. Check out the “Puritan Fellowship” website (Kevin Williams, in Britain) and the book entitled “Justification & Regeneration” that has been translated into Korean.

    Blessings in Christ,

    Mona Leiter

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