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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Freedom business provides hope and freedom for women trapped in modern slavery, including human trafficking. Faith-based freedom business is a missional business or business as mission (BAM). It rescues, educates, equips and empowers these women to be what God designed them to be.

SfK Ministries aims to serve the needs of these freedom businesses with intellectual, financial and value chain capital so that they continue to produce significant Kingdom impact in the lives of people and the community they serve.

To serve them effectively, SfK Ministries needs like-minded people like you.

May I invited you to partner with us?

Below is the link to a video clip that presents a faith-based freedom business story.

SfK Ministries and Freedom Business

Also, for your information, below is the personal letter from Jeffrey Lee on how you may be engaged in this worthwhile ministry.

My dear fellow believer in Jesus Christ,

As the holiday season is fast approaching, won't you consider giving to support goods causes for the Kingdom of God?  I am writing this personal letter to ask you to consider supporting SfK Ministries.

SfK Ministries supports businesses with a missional purpose operating in Asia and Africa. These businesses produce significant Kingdom impact, but are small and lack crucial resources for their operations. They need advisory and financial support. They exist for the Kingdom Impact in people and the communities they serve. SfK Ministries exist to support these business for transformation, particularly in the least evangelized and poorest nations where challenges are greater than most other countries.

We would like to ask you to consider partnering with SfK Ministries to support these missional businesses.

SfK Life Corporation, a US entity carrying out the ministry, is a non-profit corporation approved by the IRS under its code 501(c)(3). All your donations are tax-deductible for federal income tax purpose.

There are several ways to support SfK Ministries:
  • Donate electronically via paypal.  Click HERE for the link to our donation site.
  • Mail your contributions to:  5440 Enfield Way, Suwanee, GA 30024. Please make checks payable to "SfK Life Corporation". You will receive a receipt.
  • You may give in check or any other financial assets, including stocks and real estate to SfK Life Foundation at The Denver Foundation located at 55 Madison St # 800, Denver, CO 80206 (303) 300-1790

All your contributions are tax deductible, and a receipt of your donations will be sent to you.  

Your donations and support will go a long way in supporting the various missional businesses throughout Asia and Africa.  We hope you will choose to support SfK Ministries before the year-end.  

May God bless you richly to be a great blessing to others around you.

To learn more about SfK Ministries, please visit our website at www.sfkministries.org.

Gratefully in His service,

Jeffrey Lee

Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Newsletter - October 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-10
October 10, 2017
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"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-13)
                                               
ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN WEALTH CREATION
Lausanne, along with BAM Global Think Tank, has published its second article, "Role of the Church in Wealth Creation," that came out of Lausanne Consultation on Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation in March 2017. 
 
Ephesians 4 tells us that the church is to equip God’s people for service. This report explores:
What is the role of the church and its leaders in enlightening, educating, equipping, and empowering God’s people for the service of wealth creation? How is the church to be involved in inspiring, commissioning, and releasing people who launch businesses that provide jobs and that bring redemptive influence for the benefit of the whole community, and even for entire sectors of the economy? What is the role of the church in wealth creation for holistic transformation?
We acknowledge that wealth creation is a godly gift. Various material blessings can and should result from its proper use and be beneficial to the greater community.

continued...
 

Click Wealth Creation and the Poor and Wealth Creation Manifesto to access and read more on these subjects. 

MINISTRY UPDATES
  • Exploratory Trip to Cambodia (September 6-9) Jeffrey and Chan Jung Kim, Auditor for SfK Korea, traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to explore the possible expansion into this country. A 2-day seminar was held and also several meetings with potential implementing members for Cambodia. God is good all the time and provides opportunities as needed in His eyes. 
  • Transformation Business Network of Asia Conference (September 13-16) Several opportunities have developed out of this conference that drew 500 attendees and 60 exhibitors. Jeffrey met several entrepreneurs who strive to produce transformation in the lives of people they serve.
  • SfK MBA Chiang Mai, the Class of 2017 (September 18-27) This 9-day intensive training produced eight people who received certificates of completion and one who received a certificate of participation. Their passion to learn and practice what they learned was impressive. Teams stayed up as late as 2:30 am for a few days to work on their assignments. Most of them will participate in the SfK Business Plan Contest with their own business plans. May the Lord hold their hands in the next chapter of their life with their missional businesses! 
  • BAM Seminar in Udonthani, Thailand (September 28) This 3 hour long discussion, led by Jeffrey Lee and interpreted by Missionary Dr. Jun Hyung Cho, addressed 40+ Thai and Laotian Christian leaders regarding BAM. Many pastors shared their broadened understanding about the power of business as God originally designed. It was encouraging to witness the change in their perception about business and BAM. 
  • Exploratory Trip to Laos (September 29) Jeffrey traveled to Vientiane, Laos along with Missionary Dr. Jun Hyung Cho to meet the leadership team of Laos Evangelical Church (LEC). LEC is the predominant body of believers in Laos that is experiencing a tremendous growth in Christians all over the nation according to its president. Laos remains a nation closed to the gospel and external missionaries. We agreed to work together and begin with a BAM seminar in January/February 2018.
  • SfK Life, the US member of SfK Network, has approved a term loan to an organic chicken farming business in Thailand. This chicken farming business will be led by a local church and a Thai corporation that has launched 14 cafes in Thailand particularly to help Thai migrant workers settle down economically in Thailand. Please pray that all the process will go smoothly.
  • Jeffrey also held a couple of strategic meetings over the past month, the details of which cannot be disclosed prematurely at this time. Please pray that these efforts will bear fruits that will be pleasing to the Lord. 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
 
  1. Oct. 2017 WEC BAM Conference (Chiang Mai):  Jeffrey is scheduled to hold a meeting with WEK's global leadership team on October 13 to explore the possibility of collaboration. Please pray that the conference will empower many BAMers to develop their full potentials.
  2. Oct. 26,-27, 2017 Lion's Den (Birmingham, Alabama):  This program screens many business plans with a missional purpose to select a few winners through a rigorous process. The winners will have survived the "Lion's Den", like Daniel. Please pray that this event will challenge many business people to work towards excellence. 
  3. Oct. 30-Nov. 10, 2017 SfK MBA Kigali II 2017 (Kigali):  This is the second MBA held in Kigali, the first being held in April earlier this year. This MBA will equip select people from Kigali Diocese of Rwanda Anglican Church so that they will in turn train Rwandan entrepreneurs in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda's local language. Please pray that the participants will be trained thoroughly to be trainers of others. 
  4. Nov. and Dec. 2017 Trip to the select cities in the U.S.:  Jeffrey and Kristin will be traveling to the U.S. and visit several cities, including Los Angeles, Denver, New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Their primary purpose of the trip will be attending small gatherings to raise financial resources necessary for SfK Ministries. Please pray that the Lord will prepare many willing and able people of God to respond to the needs of SfK Ministries. 
  5. Our official Launch of SfK Shared Accounting Service is scheduled for January 2018. Meanwhile, Skybay Thailand will be placed on this service for beta testing and debugging.
  6. Kingdom Fellows with skills and knowledge in accounting are called to serve as remote accountants. Responsibilities include 4-5 hours a month to help missional businesses receive monthly financial statements for more effective management and to be better prepared for any external financial investments. Please consider joining us in sharing your accounting knowledge and skills in empowering missional businesses without having to travel overseas. Also, please pray that sufficient people will respond to this call for help.
  7. Currently, an important alliance is being formed. Upon completion, this alliance would boost the scope and capacity of SfK Ministries significantly. Please pray that our efforts will progress in step with the Holy Spirit according to the grace of God.
  8. Financial Support Needed - In order for SfK Ministries to continue providing the services of equipping and empowering missional businesses in Asia and Africa, we need financial resources. We have yet to meet our budget for 2017 and we need your supportPlease consider prayerfully giving your year-end donation to SfK Ministries.SfK Ministries is a 501(c) (3) organization and your donation is full deductible for the federal tax purposes. 
 

 
We pray that the Lord will bless you richly so that you may be a great blessing to others around you!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Newsletter - September 2017

"There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land."
(Deuteronomy 15:11)


 
Lausanne Consultation on Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation, held in March 2017, published the Wealth Creation Manifesto and has now published its first article out of a series of seven articles. The first article is titled Wealth Creation and the Poor. Jeffrey had the privilege to be part of the sub-group that produced the following article.
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Wealth Creation and the Poor

 

God has always shown a concern for the poor. It is clear in laws, commands, and prophetic actions in the Old Testament. Jesus and the New Testament affirm this. Jesus even emphasized the critical importance of concern for the poor and needy from the very outset of his ministry (cf Luke 4:18-19). Thus, as the Wealth Creation Manifesto states, ‘wealth creation must always be pursued with justice and a concern for the poor.’
The church has for 2,000 years practically demonstrated love for the poor, albeit primarily through charity responses. The report gives some glimpses of these interventions.
Poverty can be seen as the absence of shalom (peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, and safety) in all its meanings. It is not just a matter of money; it can also include spiritual and social poverty. The report also discusses the difference between absolute and relative poverty, as well as various causes to poverty.
From the Manifesto: ‘Wealth creation through business has proven power to lift people and nations out of poverty.’ 
History clearly shows that increased production of goods and services lift people and nations out of poverty. There is biblical support for this strategy. This kind of wealth creation is correlated with life expectancy, less diseases, higher literacy, and healthier environment. Aid alone cannot achieve this.
The church has most often ‘responded to poverty and suffering through charity and aid for temporary and short-term relief. Yet, more often than not, that response has not addressed long-term needs, such as employment, and even worse, these interventions have hurt detrimentally instead of helping.’
Historically, the church has mainly been involved in wealth distribution, and overlooked the importance of wealth creation. ‘Imagine the increase in impact if the church fully embraced its mission to create wealth in addition to the distribution of wealth.’
Our individual response to poverty is reviewed from various aspects, whether we are rich or poor.

MINISTRY UPDATES
 
  • Freedom Business Forum, Chiang Mai, Thailand (August 20-24) - was the first event of its kind for all freedom businesses that aim to give hope and freedom to those who are trapped in modern slavery, including human trafficking. It was an informative and inspirational session. Jeffrey provided consulting services for two businesses and mentoring services for one freedom business. He also made a lot of contacts for future collaboration. 
  • SfK Shared Accounting Services is up and running! Under this SfK SAS, missional businesses can use a cloud-based accounting application for easy input and receive reliable financial statements on a monthly basis. It will be fully launched after a trial run period of three months.
  • SfK Webinar Solutions is now up and running! This tool will be used not only for effective conference calls, but also for global training. It will be an important part of the Online Training Program for missional businesses.
  • SfK Korea board of directors resolved  to launch the SfK BAM Fund I as of September 30, 2017. The fund will be operated and managed as a pilot for future funds. 
  • Cambodia Exploratory Trip - Jeffrey and Mr. Chan Jung Kim, a member of the SfK Korea board of directors, made an exploratory trip to Phnom Penh (September 6-9). They gave a presentation about BAM and SfK Ministries to groups of people, and met with many BAM practitioners for future collaborations. We look forward to witnessing what God has in store for Cambodia.


UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
 
  1. Sept. 13-16, 2017:  TBN Asia Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia - TBN stands for Transformational Business Network and provides a gathering place for such businesses, impact investors and other service providers for one purpose of producing transformation impact in the lives of people they serve. Jeffrey will attend this conference to develop contacts, primarily in Indonesia. Please pray that the conference will bear much fruit for His glory and Jeffrey will meet people God has bestowed upon him.
  2. Sept. 11-15, 2017:  K-BAM Consultation - This gathering for Korean BAMers has been held for the past six years. Several people will share what God has been doing through them and how BAM is producing impact in many developing nations. Peter Lee, CEO of Skybay Thailand, an implementing member of SfK Ministries, will attend this event. Please pray that this gathering will be fruitful and God's people may develop contacts to produce Kingdom synergy. 
  3. Sept. 15-17, 2017:  BAM Conference, Dallas, Texas - BAM Global Think Tank is holding this conference in different cities in the U.S. It is attracting hundreds of people who desire to learn more about BAM and to get their initial footing right before they dive into BAM. One of SfK Life board members will be a plenary session speaker and a few other directors are attending this event. Please pray that the conference will enlighten, inspire and challenge many people to serve in the BAM field.
  4. Sept. 18-27, 2017:  SfK MBA Chiang Mai 2017, Thailand - A total of 13 people will be trained under this intensive BAM boot camp training program. Three members of SfK Kingdom Fellows will serve as lecturers for this training program: Jeffrey, Peter and Dr. Son.
  5.  Sept. 28, 29, 2017:  Exploratory trip to Vientiane, Laos - Jeffrey plans to visit and meet with the leadership of Laos churches to discuss how SfK Ministries may be of service to them. Please pray that the meetings will be productive and Jeffrey will gain insights to this un-reached nation.
  6. Oct. 30 - Nov. 10, 2017:  SfK MBA Kigali 2 2017, Rwanda - A total of 12-15 Rwandan entrepreneurs will be trained under this intensive boot camp BAM training program. A total of four Kingdom Fellows will be serving as lecturers for this program. Please pray that several trainers will be produced from this training program for future training of Rwandan entrepreneurs. 
 

 
Until our next update, I pray that God will bless you, your family and your business abundantly to become greater blessing to others in need.
Shalom!

 
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Newsletter - August 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-08
August 9, 2017
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"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."
(Galatians 5:13)
 

Business as Service

An excerpt from The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell
Jesus said He “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). This act of serving is one of the greatest virtues of the Christian faith and is expressed in numerous parables, teachings, and commandments. Paul encouraged his readers to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13). In the context of work, he told employees to “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord and not men” (Ephesians 6:7). Peter said we should use our gifts “to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10). He encouraged church leaders to be “not greedy for money, but eager to serve” (1 Peter 5:2). John reminded us that our ultimate purpose is to “serve God” (Revelation 1:6; 5:10).         
Serving people is a foundational Christian teaching. Jesus taught what has been called the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). Serving people, by treating them the way we desire to be treated, tends to produce reciprocal action. If you treat people right then they will tend to treat you right. Furthermore, there is an internal liberation that occurs when we serve others that strengthens us and makes us better equipped to deal with the challenges of life.
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MINISTRY UPDATES
 
  • Finally, a long-pending investment in Skybay Thailand has been completed. Praise the Lord! This marks the first investment for SfK Ministries. It has taken a lot longer than we anticipated primarily because of the complex regulatory requirements. We are deeply grateful to God for His guidance.
  •  We are very close to completing SfK Ministries second investment. There are a few remaining paperwork to be done, but we are making progress.  
  • On August 3, SfK Korea held its first board meeting. During this meeting, additional capital has been pledged to be injected strengthening the capital base. Also, the board resolved to run the first BAM Fund by September 30.  Although the size may not be as significant as we hoped for, we agreed to take it as the portion of God's grace allotted for SfK Ministries at present. For His grace, we are grateful. If you are interested in participating in this BAM Fund, please let us know by sending your interest to wson@sfklife.org or jlee@sfklife.org prior to September 30.
  • SfK Shared Accounting Service (SAS) - We have selected a cloud-based accounting application; the basic chart of accounts has been established; and the user's manual is currently under development. This SAS will be made available to missional businesses at an affordable cost.
  •  SfK Webinar Platform - SfK Ministries is developing an affordable, yet fairly powerful, webinar platform. This webinar platform will be used to educate missional businesses after their basic boot camp training of SfK MBA. 

UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
 
  1. August 20-24, 2017:  Freedom Business Alliance Forum, Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Jeffrey plans to attend this forum where many freedom businesses help provide economic solutions to economic problem of human trafficking. He will provide consulting and mentoring services for freedom businesses. Please pray that the forum will strengthen and empower freedom businesses to free the people trapped in human trafficking.
  2. September 11-15, 2017:  K-BAM Consultation, Mt. Sorak, Korea.  This gathering of BAMers has produced significant outcomes over the past several years. Peter Lee, CEO of Skybay Thailand, will attend on behalf of SfK Ministries. Please pray that this year's event will be even more fruitful than before.
  3. September 14-16, 2017:  TBN of Asia Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia.  Jeffrey plans to attend this conference in hopes to make important contacts and develop relationships with missional entrepreneurs who are making significant transformation impact in the lives of people, particularly in Indonesia. Please pray that the conference will bear much fruit in honoring God and empowering transformation businesses in Asia.
  4. September 15-17, 2017:  BAM Conference, Dallas, Texas.  A few board members of SfK Life will attend this growing conference. If you are interested, please register through www.bamconference.com. Please pray that many people will be enlightened about the effectiveness of BAM and will commit to engage themselves in this worldwide movement.
  5. September 18-27, 2017:  SfK MBA, Chiang Mai, Thailand.  This bootcamp training for missional entrepreneurs draws interest from many industries and several countries. It is open to start-ups, but more appropriate for missional entrepreneurs who have some field experiences. If you are interested in attending this MBA, please request the application by sending an e-mail to  plee@sfklife.org  or  peter.lee.tmc@gmail.comPlease pray that this important training program will be well prepared and effectively run to produce Kingdom impact in the hearts and minds of missional entrepreneurs. 
  6. October 30-November 2017 SfK MBA, Kigali, Rwanda.  This will be an MBA held exclusively for missional or potential missional entrepreneurs in Kigali Diocese of Rwanda Anglican Church. Please pray that it will produce future trainers in this important reforming country of Rwanda and beyond.  
 

Until we have more updated SfK News, may the good and faithful Lord bless you richly so that you may become a greater blessing to many in need around you!
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Business as Service...

Business as Service
An excerpt from The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell

Jesus said He “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). This act of serving is one of the greatest virtues of the Christian faith and is expressed in numerous parables, teachings, and commandments. Paul encouraged his readers to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13). In the context of work, he told employees to “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord and not men” (Ephesians 6:7). Peter said we should use our gifts “to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10). He encouraged church leaders to be “not greedy for money, but eager to serve” (1 Peter 5:2). John reminded us that our ultimate purpose is to “serve God” (Revelation 1:6; 5:10).
            
Serving people is a foundational Christian teaching. Jesus taught what has been called the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). Serving people, by treating them the way we desire to be treated, tends to produce reciprocal action. If you treat people right then they will tend to treat you right. Furthermore, there is an internal liberation that occurs when we serve others that strengthens us and makes us better equipped to deal with the challenges of life.
            
As previously defined, a business is an organization that creates and/or distributes goods and/or services and relies on financial profit for survival, success, and expansion capability. Although profit is a controversial aspect of business, it is also an indication that business is effectively distributing its goods and services. If society does not want or need these goods and services, then this is reflected in the related loss of profits to the business. This causes the business to respond and adapt, either serving its people in a meaningful way or closing shop. Business cannot survive much less thrive if it is not serving people. Service is a way to imitate the Creator. As C. William Pollard, former CEO of ServiceMaster, writes in Serving Two Masters? Reflections on God and Profit, “We seek to honor God as an end goal and recognize that growing profitably is a means goal.”1
            
Though society needs many different activities, including many that are not profit-oriented, the profit mechanism ensures that businesses are at least serving some people. Profit should not be the guiding rule of thumb for all organizations, but it is an effective tool in many cases for business. One of the weaknesses of many nonprofit and faith-based organizations is that they do not have internal feedback mechanisms to properly evaluate if they are truly serving their constituents. I have consulted with several nonprofit organizations and churches that had no idea if they were effectively serving their people. They had no built-in system to determine that. Many even rejected the idea that they should develop such a system, preferring to “trust God.” But if we really want to serve people and serve them well, we need to have a means of determining whether or not we are achieving this goal.
            
However, it should be noted that just because a business is making a profit does not mean that it is truly serving people. It could be manipulating them, exploiting them, or providing them with a destructive product, like drugs, pornography, and the like. There is also the issue of the production of perceived needs through advertising. Unfortunately, many businesses attempt to make consumers believe they need a product that they really do not. This has been a criticism of many pharmaceutical companies. As one medical doctor told me, “The medicine with the most life-saving potential for people over 50 is aspirin. Look through all your news mags and pore through all the full-page ads for expensive drugs, but you will see none for aspirin. If pharmaceutical companies were interested in people’s heath, they would put out big ads for aspirin, but since aspirin is cheaper than dirt, they don’t try to sell it.”
            
Obviously, businesses need money to survive but to fulfill their spiritual mission businesses should seek to serve the most people as effectively as possible. This means that when inexpensive means exist they should not falsely create the perception that a more expensive and less effective item is needed. This is a disservice to society.
            
However, for a legitimate business to make a profit, it must serve people. This is beneficial to society and can be an authentic spiritual act. Serving people aligns us once again with the way the Creator designed us to be. Functioning in accordance with our created design not only has personal benefits, but also benefits society and increases the effectiveness of human activity. Service is an inherently spiritual part of business. The benefits of a service orientation for business are widely acknowledged.

            
Of course, a pastor or theologian may be tempted to critique business in this regard saying that the acts of service are diminished because they are done in pursuit of profit. Clearly the heart’s intent of a person’s actions does have spiritual consequences. If a person habitually engages in seemingly righteous behavior for personal monetary gain, then that person needs to be corrected in order to live an authentic spiritual life. However, serving people to increase effectiveness and the productivity of a business should not be perceived as wrong. Rather it is authentically spiritual because it is a natural way that business aligns human activity with our original created design.