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A working relationship between the C&MA in North America and the Jesus Korea Alliance Holiness Church (JKSC) in South Korea began in 1980. The JKSC is one of the largest bodies in the Alliance World Fellowship. It has a strong church-planting program and is sending overseas missionaries who are supported by local churches.

The JKSC has its roots in OMS International, which was started in 1901 by Charles and Lettie Cowman, who heard God’s call to cross-cultural ministry at a missionary convention led by Alliance founder A. B. Simpson in Chicago. In 1961, the JKSC separated from OMS and eventually affiliated with The Alliance. By the early 1990s, more than 780 of the churches in South Korea were part of the JKSC, whose flourishing congregations have been making a significant impact for the Kingdom in South Korea and other parts of the world.

Today, the C&MA is partnering with the 50,000 member Onnuri Church (All Nations Church) in the capital city of Seoul. More than 1,000 Korean missionaries have been sent to 62 countries. Our main role in this ministry has been to provide experienced missionaries to teach at the Onnuri World Mission Training Center. A major focus of the Onnuri Church is reaching the people of Japan through creative evangelistic outreaches in 10 cities across the country. One such outreach in Tokyo saw 20,000 Japanese in attendance, and about 600 Japanese have come to faith in Christ through these highly visible campaigns.

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National Church

Jesus Korea Sungkyul Church: 859 organized churches, 57 unorganized groups, 851 ordained ministers, 168,350 baptized members, and 398,825 inclusive members

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Demographics

Population
Population—48,422,644
Infant mortality rate—7/1,000
Life expectancy—75.8
Capital City
Seoul (19,969,100) pop.
Geography
A little larger than Indiana, South Korea (38,023 sq. mi.) is mountainous in the east with many harbors and islands in the west and south.
Languages
Korean with English widely taught
Ethnicity/Race
Homogeneous except for about 20,000 Chinese
Economy
Per capita income—$19,200
Inflation—3.6%
Unemployment—3.6%
Literacy rate—98% (2003 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Fully functioning modern democracy. In 1993, Kim Young Sam became South Korea’s first civilian president following 32 years of military rule.
Religion
No affiliation—46%
Christian—26%
Buddhist—26%
Confucian—1%
other—1%

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