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Friday, February 9, 2018

Newsletter - February 2018

SfK Ministries Newsletter - February 2018

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."
(Genesis 2:15)

Work: What Is It Good For?

(Excerpt from The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell)
Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin reportedly said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” This statement reflects my fundamental assertion: Business should not be viewed as a tool to get through life, rather it should be considered an opportunity for spiritual living. We need to reorient our natural inclinations from the visible realm to the invisible one and realize that our faith and spiritual mission are integral to the visible human world. 
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Ministry Updates

1.  SfK Ministries is expanding into Tanzania! Sung Soo Kim will lead this ministry in Tanzania. Mr. Kim is a veteran businessman in the U.S. and Korea. He worked for Applied Materials for 27 years and has been serving as Director of E3Empower Africa based in Arusha, Tanzania. He previously served as CEO of E3Empower Korea. SfK Tanzania plan to host a BAM Seminar in conjunction with a couple of businesses that are currently under development. Please pray that SfK Tanzania will receive God's favor in getting its foundation laid right. 
Sung Soo Kim for SfK Tanzania
2.  Jeffrey participated in KBM Global Philippines in Baguio and Manila on Jan 30 and Feb 1, respectively. Both events went well with favorable responses received from the participants. Please pray that proper follow ups will be made to guide many people who desire to be BAM practitioners.  
3.  SfK has developed its business plan for 2018 and also updated its strategic plan with the Vision 2020, subject to the board approval. Please pray that we all will continue to discern God's will in carrying out the plans. 
4.  Sky Bay Thailand will begin to sell a Korean character doll named "Pangah," and a few other characters. It will also explore the possibility of manufacturing dolls featuring this character to enhance SfK MB Trading activities.
Upcoming Events & Prayer Requests
  • February 9, 2018:  SfK Life Board Meeting - The board will consider and approve the SfK Ministries Strategic Plan, Business Plan and SfK Life's operating budget for 2018.  Please pray that the meeting will bear much fruit. 
  • February 18-22, 2018 - Jeffrey will receive a couple of visitors from Colorado, U.S.A. and Cambodia.  The primary purpose of their visit will be to learn more about SfK Ministries and to explore how they can collaborate with SfK Ministries. Please pray that these meetings will be mutually encouraging and fruitful.  
  • March 17, 2018:  BAM Seminar in Vietnam - Jeffrey will travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in March to assess the needs for the services that SfK Ministries aim to provide.
  • March 20, 2018:  SfK Korea Board Meeting - This board meeting will consider important issues pertaining to its future direction, the addition of a new director and the launch of a new Kingdom Impact Fund. Please pray that the board members will seek unity in diversity. 
  • May 2018:  BAM Training in California - SfK Ministries will participate in equipping future trainers of BAM at a local church in California. Eventually, this church will plan to provide a platform for training, sourcing and marketing smaller churches in southern California  Please pray that this program will be productive and effective in developing a sound church model on BAM.  
May God bless you richly so that you may be greater blessing to many others around you!
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WorK: What Is It Good For?

Work: What Is It Good for?
Excerpt from The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell

Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin reportedly said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” This statement reflects my fundamental assertion: Business should not be viewed as a tool to get through life, rather it should be considered an opportunity for spiritual living. We need to reorient our natural inclinations from the visible realm to the invisible one and realize that our faith and spiritual mission are integral to the visible human world.

Understanding the concepts of fundamental and instrumental value is critical to what I’m saying. Something of fundamental value means that it has inherent worth and its worth is not dependent on what it can do. Having instrumental value means that something’s worth is solely determined by what it does or produces.
Many people think that business is of purely instrumental value. In other words, business is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. However, we need to recognize that business is of both fundamental and instrumental value.
Living and working in business is, as we shall see, a way that we partner with God and live according to our created purpose. This gives it fundamental value. But business is also a means by which we produce and distribute goods and services allowing us to take care of one another and do other good works outside of the sphere of business. Thus business also has instrumental value. It is, unfortunate, however, that most people only see the instrumental value of work and business.
Through the centuries people’s perspectives on work have varied. Work has been elevated (think Karl Marx) and disdained (think teenagers cleaning up after a party). Regardless, work was originally viewed as a divine action. This view of work as a spiritual activity has been present throughout church history and was prominently emphasized by groups such as the Benedictines and the Puritans.
The Bible opens in Genesis 1 with the creation account. As the Scriptures say, God worked for six days to form the heavens and earth and everything in it.3 It is worth noting that there are many possible interpretations of the creation account in Genesis. Nevertheless, it would be difficult to remove the clear implications of work as a divine activity. Genesis 2:2 explicitly states that God finished his work and rested on the seventh day. This makes clear that the creation of the universe was to be perceived as work. At the end of Genesis 1, God creates humans in his image. In a very real sense this means, among other things, that humans were created to imitate God in certain respects, including work. After creating humans, God gives them the command to work (Genesis 1:26–28). Consider the flow of the passage: God worked; He created humans in his image; He directed the humans to go work. In the first two chapters of Genesis there are seven principles that should inform our view of work today:

1. Through work we are to be stewards of the earth (Genesis 1:28; 2:5–8, 15).
2. Using tools and making tools are an integral part of human existence (Genesis 2:15).
3. We are to be self-sustainers and producers, remembering God is the ultimate Provider (Genesis 1:28-30; 2:9).
4. We are to be appreciators of beauty (Genesis 2:9).
5. We are to work in partnership with one another (Genesis 2:18).
6. We are to work in partnership with our Creator (Genesis 2:19–20).
7. Work is fundamentally good, a source of joy, and makes rest enjoyable (Genesis 1:31–2:3).

In his critique of Adam Smith, considered by many the father of the modern economy, Karl Marx, considered by many the father of Communism, alludes to the fact that Smith inherited from the Bible the idea that work should be viewed as a curse.4 This idea of work as a curse has been prevalent throughout the centuries and remnants of this way of thinking are still found in church pews everywhere. However, it should be reemphasized that God worked and passed the work baton to humans before there are any mentions of any type of curse in the biblical account. Work is therefore best understood as an intrinsic part of our human spiritual experience. It is not the result of a curse. In fact it is the exact opposite; it is a blessing, part of our role in the world and something that we can do to serve each other, God, and the rest of creation.
This is not to say that weariness and dreariness are not aspects of work in our present situation. It is natural at times that work will not seem so spiritual. While writing this I became aware that I had a flat tire and spent a couple of hours changing the tire, going to get it fixed, etc. This did not feel like a spiritual exercise, especially since I enjoy writing about other people doing such a thing more than actually doing it myself. However, in the middle of the endeavor I realized that what I was doing was spiritual, and this helped me adapt my attitude and appreciate the experience, even if it was not exactly the way I prefer to spend my mornings. Now this may not strike you as particularly spiritual. How does “wasting” a day repairing a tire qualify as spiritual? It is spiritual in the sense that I was partnering with God by fixing and repairing a part of creation that is beneficial for contemporary life on this planet. For work to be spiritual it does not need to be anymore dramatic than that.
The difficulty and unpleasantness associated with work, according to the Genesis account, can be attributed to the wrongdoings of humanity. In Genesis 3:17, in response to Adam’s violation of His commands, God told him, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” Thus there is a scriptural warrant for saying that work to a degree is cursed. But what is most important to notice is that work was first and foremost a divine activity and that God invited humans to imitate him by working.
Work is truly a part of our essence. We are spiritual beings created by the Spiritual Being to do spiritual things and that includes work. In the beginning, work was a spiritual exercise. A lot has changed since the beginning. Adam and Eve failed to maintain God’s moral standard, resulting in the Fall. The world’s population has grown and professions have proliferated. Sin has expanded into all human endeavor, perhaps most obviously in business. Yet, despite ever-changing job descriptions and sin’s multiplication, work and business have not lost their spiritual core.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Newsletter - January 2018

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2018-01
January 10, 2018
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"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
(Isaiah 43:19)

A New Beginning

It is a New Year!  We wish you a New Year filled with great joy and happiness. It is truly a blessing to start anew no matter what our past may have been - glory, success, joy, sorrow or pains.  This newness applies not only to the physical realm, but also to the spiritual realm.

God gives us a new beginning when we believe Him and accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord in the spiritual realm. It is a new relationship with the Creator God Almighty. But that is not all. God gives us several additional gifts along with this new relationship. A new citizenship, a new family, a new purpose, a new power, a new destiny, and a new journey.

In Billy Graham's, "7 Steps to a New Beginning," he explores what our new relationship with Christ looks like:


7 Steps to a New Beginning
If we don’t know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live.
God’s promise is true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). If you have given your life to Christ, you are a new creation − whether you feel like it or not.
What does this mean? What really happens to us when we believe in Christ? Let me list seven gifts God gives you when you commit your life to Christ.

A New Relationship

The first thing that happens when we give our lives to Christ is that God gives us a new relationship.
Once we were separated from God because of our sins − and not just separated, but alienated from Him. The Bible Says we were “excluded … , without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).
Yes, the first thing that happened when you committed your life to Christ is that God gave you a new relationship. He is now your loving heavenly Father, and you are now His child, spiritually reborn into His family.

2017 in Review

As the year 2017 has just ended, we want to look at the past year and review the highlights of what God has done in and through SfK Ministries. For easy reference, we have used the acronym S.F.K. M.I.N.I.S.T.R.I.E.S.
SfK Ministries established its business model (equipping and empowering missional businesses) in the form of four functional groups: Missional Business (MB) Community, MB Academy, MB Fund and MB Trading. 
Freedom Business Alliance Forum, which was held in August in Chiang Mai, opened a new dimension to SfK Ministries, particularly in promoting the products of freedom businesses through the MB Trading arm of SfK Ministries, as discussed above. 
Korean counterpart of SfK Life (SfK Korea) has been established; its dedication service was held in March, its first board meeting was held in August and its seed capital for SfK Impact Fund was raised.
Marketing efforts for SfK Ministries included the production of two video clips in addition to the website, the blog, the Facebook group and the newsletter.  
Investment in Sky Bay Thailand was successfully completed after a long process, which became the first implementing member of SfK Ministries. Praise the Lord!
Newsletters for SfK Ministries was published regularly 12 times in 2017. We've been able to share interesting articles by various authors and share updates and prayer requests regularly through the circulation of our monthly newsletter.
Investment activities remained sluggish due mainly to: 1) the lack of funding and also 2) the scarce availability of missional businesses that are worthy of SfK investment.
SfK MBA’s 80-hour boot camp training was held four times in three cities: twice in Kigali,Rwanda, once in Los Angeles, California and once in Chiang Mai, Thailand. All received favorable evaluation and it has become a signature program of SfK Ministries.
TBN Asia Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Lausanne Consultation on Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Youth KOSTA in Chiang Mai, Thailand,  Leadership Training for Good Neighbors International in Bangkok, Thailand, IBA Leaders’ Forum and Conference in S. Korea were part of external conferences/seminars/forums where SfK Ministries was exposed.
Resource development efforts in the U.S. expanded the supporter base in 2017 by 77% from the previous year. One thing to note is that all board members of SfK Life Corporation participated in making financial contribution to SfK Ministries. Even a few Kingdom Fellows serving as SfK staff made a donation. Praise the Lord for the committed board members and Kingdom Fellows!
IT team continued making considerable progress in 2017, including the establishment of SfK’s web-based training platform that can also be used for video conference call. 
Exploratory trips to Cambodia and Laos were made in 2017, which have resulted in SfK’s expansion plan to Cambodia as one of 2018’s first priorities for geographic expansion.
Shared Accounting Service or SfK SAS was established on a cloud-based platform. Its user manual has been developed and is ready for use.

We honor and praise God who has enabled and empowered us to build a greater momentum in the second year of ministry in 2017.
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2018:  K-BAM Philippines.  Jeffrey will participate in this event to learn and share. Please pray that it will provide inspiration and impact for the attendees. 
  • January 2018:  SfK Business Plan and Strategic Plan Update.  This annual planning process requires a lot of efforts, energy and coordination among stakeholders spread in several countries. Please pray that the plans will reflect God's will and guidance accurately. 
  • Feb. 9, 2018:  SfK Life Board.  The board will review and approve the annual business plan as well as the strategic plan update. Please pray that this board meeting will define the goals and objectives for the 2018 ministries according to God's will. 
  • Mar. 16-17, 2018:  BAM Seminar and Exploratory Trip to Vietnam.  Jeffrey will make an exploratory trip to Vietnam and hold a BAM Seminar. Please pray that this trip will receive God's favor and allow Jeffrey to meet people whom he needs to meet. 
  • Mar. 20, 2018:  SfK Korea Board Meeting.  The board will consider and make important decisions. Please pray that such decisions will be made in a way that is pleasing to God.
  • May 29-Jun. 8, 2018:  SfK MBA Irvine.  Jeffrey will lead the training along with two other faculty members for up to 15 trainees about Principles and Practices of Effective BAM. Please pray that this training program will help the attendees reshape their perspectives according to God's design and learn the knowledge and skills that are necessary for the implementation.  

We thank you for standing with us on this journey to produce synergy for the Kingdom of God.
We at SfK Ministries wish you a blessed New Year!
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