CELC - Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference
President Gaylin Schmeling
6 Browns Ct
Mankato, MN 56001 Contact Via Email
East Seoul Canaan Church - Korea (Associate member)
The Korean peninsula lies between China and Japan. North Korea is a communist country where people are not allowed to identify themselves as Christians. South Korea is a democratic country and one fourth of the population is Christian. Presbyterian churches are most prominent, followed by Methodists and Baptists. Most Koreans claim themselves as Buddhists even though they do not attend temple meetings regularly. The history of Buddhism in Korea goes back more than 1000 years.
East Seoul Canaan Church (ESCC) started in June of 2005, when Pastor Young Ha Kim was sent to Korea by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Bible study and Sunday worship services began with a handful of people. Today more than 200 people gather for Sunday Worship. There are over 450 members. Since its beginning, about 20 baptisms have been conducted at ESCC each year and God has granted membership growth of more than 40 people annually. ESCC became an associate member of the CELC in 2011.
The mission of ESCC is to spread the Gospel because many Korean Christians are not sure of their salvation. They believe in Jesus, but see him more as a model for life than as a Savior from sin. Our purpose has been accomplished in part through the English as Second Language program and the study abroad program. Canaan Language Institute (CLI) was started in June of 2006 and it has prepared many young people for study in the US and facilitated their enrollment in WELS and WELS-ELS high schools. Presently more than 80 students from ESCC are attending Lutheran high schools in the US and more than 70 students have graduated from these high schools and are attending American colleges.
Another mission of ESCC is to reach out to China and North Korea. There are many refugees from North Korea in South Korea. ESCC started helping those people by sending clothes to North Koreans staying in China, visiting refugees in the place where they are getting education, or providing them with whatever they need to settle down. ESCC congregation prays that our precious Lord will grant the same freedoms to North Koreans as South Koreans, so that, hearing the Gospel, they may receive eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ!