A Heart for Canadian Koreans

February 4, 2008

This excerpt from the NAMB article, A Heart for Canadian Koreans, describes new Korean churches being planted in Canada::

… Baptists in Canada are being encouraged by visionary missions leaders. Pastor Ben Choi, a Korean pastor in Victoria, British Columbia, is one such leader.

No one can deny God’s call in his life. Upon graduating with a doctorate in Business Administration in 1994, Choi became a professor at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Shortly thereafter, another pastor and Pastor Choi combined their efforts to start All Nations Baptist Church in Montreal. When that other pastor moved to Victoria to work among a First Nation people group, Pastor Choi enrolled at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon graduating, Choi answered the call to return to Canada to pastor the Victoria Korean Baptist Church.

“I first said no because my vision was to plant churches,” Choi commented. “After several weeks of prayer, I agreed with a new vision: to pastor a church which plants churches.”

Choi is leading his church to plant 100 new churches and baptize 10,000 souls. Choi led his church to partner with the North American Mission Board and the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists.

In addition to being a visionary leader with a clear call, Choi has remained faithful to his missions calling:

  • Every Sunday, eight young adult members of VKBC help a Tsawout people group church in their children’s ministry.
  • In August, 2007, a new church plant was launched in Victoria.
  • VKBC is partnering with other Korean churches to start a new Korean church plant located east of Vancouver.
  • VKBC is also working with Korean ministers to equip other people group leaders for God’s ministry.
  • Choi was the first Korean pastor to excitedly say yes when invited to participate in the Vision Tour Toronto.

And meanwhile, the Victoria church is growing. The average attendance has grown from 50 to 100 Canadian Koreans since he arrived two years ago.

Praise the Lord for raising up called-out visionary missions leaders like Ben Choi in answer to the prayers of His saints. To God be the glory that He is encouraging and refreshing the Canadian Baptists to continue the work to which He is calling them.

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