CARROLLTON, Texas (BP)--On a crowded street in Seoul, Korea, David Gill's life changed when a missionary from the United States did something he didn't expect -- the man spoke to him.
Gill was one of nearly 400 participants at the annual meeting of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America this summer at New Song Church in Carrollton, Texas. Of 190 churches represented at the gathering, 52 committed to accept the embrace challenge.
Gill, then 16, had traveled from a poor, rural farming area -- about a day's journey from Seoul -- to live in the city and attend school. He was alone and needed a friend when the missionary reached out to him. He invited Gill into his home. He taught him English. He later helped lead Gill to follow Jesus as Savior.
More than 40 years later, Gill -- now a pastor at Concord Korean Baptist Church in Martinez, Calif. -- remains thankful for the missionary's impact on his life, still marveling at how the man "found" him.
"There were so many people in the street of Seoul, Korea," Gill said. "He talked to me. He loved me ... and through him I came to meet Jesus. I don't know where I'd be without this man. God found me through [him]."
Southern Baptist Koreans must strengthen their outreach to those who likewise need to be found for Christ.
Southern Baptists of different languages, ethnicities and cultures have been challenged to "embrace" approximately 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups -- those who live in places that are less than 2 percent evangelical and have no active church-planting strategy among them. Read More