Park Joo Hyun

Recent Ministry

The Summer Bible Camp was held at Nara Prefecture Outdoor Recreational Activity Center this past month. A total of thirty-three people participated. We are praying that the seeds of the gospel message from this camp will grow and change the lives of these youth so they will become followers of Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the youth to come to faith in God.
  • Pray for them to feel comfortable at our Sunday School and to grow in their understanding of salvation.

I was invited by the Doshisha University in Kyoto to give a lecture as a special guest speaker on the topic “Christianity in Korea.” About forty students attended. The invitation was from my Christian friend and associate professor, Wako. Two years ago, I presented a similar lecture on this campus.  This time, I also spoke to the twenty students in the Korean language class. I had a wonderful time fellowshipping with this class, and my son Ye Shin was allowed to observe as well. He enjoyed the experience, especially as he desires to enroll at this University in the future. Since I was introduced to the students as a missionary and pastor of a church, it was very natural that I felt the freedom to share the gospel and my testimony with the students. Doshisha University was founded by Christian churches with a strong influence by an American board. I hope this University carries on the traditions of its foundation in Christianity. I am aware that quite a few of the students, even non-believers, are taking Bible courses at this University.

  • Pray with us for the students to be touched by the Bible stories they hear in their classes and come to understand salvation.
  • Pray for the University students to contemplate the concepts they heard and desire to learn more about God.

Praise the Lord for this opportunity to speak about salvation on the campus.

  • Pray for Ye Shin and Ye Jin as they enjoy their summer vacation. Ye Shin is studying in preparation for the entrance exam to the University.

Fukui is in twelfth grade and visited church last month. He is the best friend of my son Ye Shin. Fukui desires to work for the automobile industry in the future. We are praying for his salvation.

  • Pray for Fukui to see the faith of his friend, Ye Shin, and desire the relationship with God.

We request special prayer for Mrs. Yoneshima and her daughter, Ririka, who is five years old. The mother is feeling more resistance from her husband about coming to church. He also will not allow his daughter to attend the playtime during the week. The freedom of faith for Yoneshima and Ririka is being taken away by the husband. Pray for the family.

  • Pray for Mors. Yoneshima and Ririka as they deal with this situation and for Yoneshima to have courage and patience.
  • Pray for her husband to understand her faith and her desire to fellowship with believers.

Mrs. Sasaki is in her fifties and is a student in our Korean language class. She came for one of the church services and shared with us her daily life concerns so we could pray for her.

  • Pray for her to be led to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for Mrs. Sasaki to continue to ask questions and desire prayer.
  • Pray for her understanding of salvation to grow and to come to faith in God.

Recently we had mechanical issues with our vehicle. I attended a meeting with other missionaries and pastors in Hiroshima and on my way back, the car stopped on the highway due to an issue with the timing belt in the car engine. It was a dangerous situation because of the location, and since it was already late in the evening, I stayed at a hotel nearby and took the bullet train home the next day. When we purchased this vehicle, it was inexpensive but had many miles on it. We decided it was cost more to fix it than buy a similar used car. We are considering safety and security features of vehicles in addition to cost, due to my recent adventure. We frequently give rides to children and church members for outreach events, as well as my own family. One church member donated cash to purchase a seven-passenger mini-van, and we are grateful for the gift but have not yet saved enough for this large of a purchase.

  • Pray for our search for the most appropriate vehicle and for the finances to purchase.

Give thanks that no one was injured when the car engine quit functioning.

Pastor Park Joo Hyun Testimony 

My name is Park, and I was born in the town of Daegu; located in the middle of South Korea between Seoul and Busan. I began to go to church when I was in the fifth grade of elementary school. I attended the summer program for elementary school students, and it was at this time that I began to go to church.

When I was a freshman in junior high school, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. It was at the church summer camp on the last night that the evangelist was preaching about Jesus and the Cross. At the end of the sermon, an invitation was given to us to pray and become a believer in Jesus. Everyone was praying desperately. However, I did not know how to pray since I went to church to have fun with my friends. I was troubling to me when the preacher said, “If you do not know how to pray, call on the name of Jesus and just say, “Please Jesus help me.”

At that time I decided I would like to believe in Jesus sincerely. I called on the name of Jesus three times in my heart. At that moment, my heart became hot, and my tears stopped. All of the sins I committed until that time projected as a panorama in front of my eyes. Then for three hours, I prayed a prayer of repentance, and the tears did not stop. I believed in Jesus, and He heard me. On the way back from camp, it looked like a beautiful new world. In my second year of senior high school, I got baptized in the Korean Jesus Christian Presbyterian Church. After receiving baptism, my faith gradually grew strong, and God has given me explicit faith.

As an adult, I felt the call to the church, and after several years of study, my wife and I began serving in Japan. We are eager for the Lord to use us and for many people to become disciples of Jesus.

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The Nara Prefecture is located at the very center inland of Kansai region, surrounded by Osaka, Kyoto, Mie, and Wakayama regions. Nara is known as an area with a long history. It used to be called Yamato which goes back to the 6th and 7th century and was the center of culture and politics and was also the state capitol. Around that time Buddhism was brought in to Japan, and with its creation, the first-generation Buddhist temples and sculptures were built in the region. There are quite a few archaeological sites in town that are all Buddhist related. Later Kyoto was set as the capital in the middle ages, Nara was no longer as influential as it was and Kyoto became what Nara was. Yet influences by Buddhism in the community are still evident in local customs and traditional performances. People still hold on to these Japanese traditions.