June 5 was Pentecost Sunday, and 240 South Korean Christians believe it is time for them to pay back a spiritual debt to America.
In 1973, Billy Graham held a historic crusade in Seoul, which drew more than three million people. It resulted in 75,000 people committing their lives to follow Jesus Christ. This led to an explosive church movement in South Korea which in turn spread to a revival throughout Asia.
Now the grandchildren of that revival want to return the favor: “Just as the first missionaries from the United States came to our nation and spread the fire of the Gospel, we want to bring that fire back to America,” said pastor Jae Choon Choi of Seoul’s Kwangmyung Church. The twenty-one teams of intercessors are blanketing twenty-one cities across the country, from Bellingham, Washington, through Los Angeles, Bangor, Maine, and to Miami, praying for healing and for revival to sweep America.
Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of The Moody Church in Chicago, clarified the proper focus of revival: “Many Christians long for revival because they want to see our nation turn to God. But revival does not begin with the unconverted turning to Christ; it begins with the people of God honestly dealing with sin and brokenness; it begins with a renewed commitment to honesty and to generosity, coupled with a burning desire to please God.”*
With the Psalmist, and in agreement with our Korean brethren, we at FaithSearch pray to God: “Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6).
Sources: CBN News, George Thomas, June 3, 2022.
* Quote is from Decision Magazine, June 2021, “Prayer: The Cost of Revival,” p. 25.