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Did You Know South Korea is one of the ‘Biggest Exporters’ of the Gospel in the World?

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It may come as a surprise to many that South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, is one of the “biggest exporters” of the gospel around the world.

Experts who study the global missionary movement say the impact South Korean missionaries have had on the spread of Christianity in that last half-century is impressive.

“24 missionaries were officially sent out by the Korean churches in 1974,” writes Jae Kyeong Lee, a leader in the Korea Baptist Convention. “Their number grew exponentially, and 40 years after Korea sent out its first missionaries, 27,436 Korean missionaries from various denominations were serving in 170 countries.”

One reason South Korea’s missionary movement has been so successful is because Christianity has thrived in Korea since the turn of the 20th century.

In 1885, only 1 percent of the country’s population was Christians.

One-hundred and thirty-three years after the gospel first reached the Korean peninsula through the work of foreign missionaries, Christians now make up more than a quarter of the South Korean population. The majority of them belong to Protestant denominations.

“This growth has caused Christians worldwide to marvel at how Korea so quickly went from a country void of the gospel to one of the biggest exporters of it,” said Lee.

Experts say the Pyongyang Revival of 1907 was a significant event in sparking the growth of Christianity in Korea. Some Christians began calling Pyongyang the “Jerusalem of the East.”

The revival meetings of 1907 lasted some 40 years and resulted in an explosion of churches.

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