On Friday September 6, 2013, I was able to attend a government seminar that discussed human trafficking of foreigners into Korea. The biggest issue was the E-6 entertainment visa that is offered usually to women in Southeast Asia who come to Korea with dreams of becoming a celebrity. Unfortunately, most of them never get to sing, act, or dance. Instead, they are forced into the sex industry and deceived into thinking that they have to pay off a debt bondage for all their "fees" for getting into Korea. And the #1 trafficked group into South Korea at the moment are women from the Philippines who end up working in the "juicy bars" located outside the US military bases throughout Korea.
As I was sitting in this meeting, my heart was not at peace. I heard talks by many lawyers and government workers, even in the Ministry of Justice. And I was able to talk with various people in the government who were working on this trafficking issue, but I was so sad in the end. I prayed and realized that there was such a strong spirit of apathy for many of these government workers who for them, this literally is just a job and assignment given to them by their boss that they had to do. I was reminded also of the deep corruption and deception that is also a stronghold in the law enforcement and judicial levels of power in Korea. One government worker gave these bogus stats on how there has been in increase over the years in trafficker who have been put into jail, seeking to highlight how much good has been done concerning this issue in Korea. Another man shared how the problem with the E-6 visa is that Korea needs to have stronger interviews so that these women can do "singing tryouts" during the interview so they can discern their level of talent (this comment was such a joke people didn't know whether to laugh at him or stone him). Not surprisingly, he left the meeting well before it ended.
I brought 2 copies of my book Justice Awakening in Korean, praying for "champions" of this cause to give it to. And I think I found one. His name is Kim, Choon Jin and he is a member of the National Assembly. He shared briefly about his heart for vulnerable and abused women and children. He also shared how he gained a concern for this issue from visiting Cambodia. I felt led to approach him and give him my book and as I did, I sensed a heart connection with him as we talked briefly and shook hands. I knew I was supposed to give him a book. He received the book with joy and I continued to pray for him throughout the day. I am praying that God would use him and others to begin fighting for these many women who are in sexual slavery in Korea. I was reminded this day that the battle is hard and it will be long. But it is a battle that must be fought.
Here is my interview with Family Life Today on orphan care and the Korean Church that was broadcast on August 30, 2013. Please pray for God to move in the hearts of the Church in Korea to begin caring for the orphans within our nation. May they see and understand the beauty of adoption and the Gospel.
This Thursday and Friday, August 29 and 30, Family Life Today and Hope for Orphans will be broadcasting two special shows focusing on justice and orphan care. We are praying that more churches will gain a vision for orphan care and realize how vital this is to the Gospel message and the Gospel life that we called to live. Please pray that God would use these broadcasts to bring hope and homes to the orphans in our cities and around the world.
To find a radio station and times in your local area, click here.
Help be voice for the orphans in Korea by spreading the word about the Voice of Love campaign. Visit voiceoflove.org today.
2011 South Korea Screening Tour
* Deagu Screenings: TBA
* 02 Incheon: Word of Life Korean Church 9PM Prayer Meeting (Contact Dae Hong)
* 22 Yongsan: US Army Base: For US Military ONLY - Closed to Public
* 04 Incheon: Word of Life International Fellowship (Contact: Dae Hong)
* 10 Yongsan: US Army Base: For US Military ONLY - Closed to Public (Contact Elisa Lee)
* 10 Yangjae: CEO Forum - Closed Screening
* 15 Seoul: Yonsei University (Contact: Erin Lee)
* 23 Pohang: Handong Global University (Contact: Amber Kwon)
* 03 Seoul Christian Film Festival - 2PM (National Holiday) Reserve your tickets here.
* 07 Sarang Community Church - New Harvest EM Retreat
* 21 NKGO (North Korean Prayer Group) - 8:30PM Reserve your spot here.
* 29 Onnuri English Ministry: Yangjae Campus (Global Premiere of Nefarious)
* 30 South Korea CEO Forum
* 31 New Philadelphia Church
Host a Screening Today
To host a screening of Nefarious in Korea, contact Pastor Eddie at email@example.com.
To see a current listing of the US tour, click here.
My love for Korea and its people is growing so much these days. God heal this land, revive this nation and let it go from glory to glory. God,set this nation free from its addictions and idolatries. We ask for its revival again! Protect the unborn, provide families for every orphan, and set every captive free in Korea ... in Jesus name. Amen.
To report activity that may involve sex trafficking or for vicitms to find immediate help within Korea call:
Korean Women's Hotline: +82-2-2269-2962
Concerning Sex Trafficking Phone: 1366 or 117
Child Abuse Hotline: 129
Emergency Support for Migrant Workers in Korea: 1577-1366
(Vietnamese, Chinese, English, Tagalog, Russian, Mongolian, Thai, Japanese)
Suicide Hotline: 1577-0199 and English and Korean Website
You can visit HOPE Be Restored's website here.
After many weeks of hard work by a certain lawyer friend (thank you Mimi!), we will finally have our first informational meeting for expats who are interested in adopting while living in Korea. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting while living in Korea, we will be giving you the legal steps that would be required to do so.
Our meeting will be held on Monday August 29 at Harris Cafe in Apgujung (Exit #3 and about a 200 meter walk). It will be from 8pm-10pm and a suggested donation of KRW 10,000 for sandwiches. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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