Dear DCMi Family,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We are seeing hints of fall here in Seattle as the leaves are changing, the weather is growing cooler, and the rains are starting!
This summer we were both horrified and inspired as more than 20 South Korean young people were taken hostage by the Taliban while on a short-term mission trip in Afghanistan. The majority of the hostages were eventually returned to their families; however, two of these dedicated believers lost their lives. In spite of the obvious danger, missionaries serving in Afghanistan want to remain and continue in their work. Praise God for those who are faithful even unto death and who are willing to risk all to share Christ in dangerous places!
David had a busy summer of teaching, preaching and studying. In addition to the Greek and Hebrew classes David taught at the seminary in May and June, he began his fall teaching schedule with “Strategies for Church Growth.” The class turned out to be a time of commitment to evangelism and discipleship for both David and his students. These classes are all modular courses which cover a full quarter of material in one week. They are quite intense, but students seem to appreciate the convenience and applicability of the courses.
For David, one of the joys of teaching at a seminary is that he has ample opportunity to learn from his colleagues by taking their courses. In June, David learned new ways to build cooperative relationships with other ministries through the course “Leadership for Strategic Partnership”. He just completed “Foundations for Strategic Leadership”, where he gained valuable insight on how DCMi can help to develop leaders in the mission field.
While David did not go overseas this summer, he had several opportunities for state-side ministry including preaching revival in Philadelphia, teaching a seminary course in Dallas, preaching at a local Korean church, and preaching a couple of times at our own church. We were blessed to enjoy God’s magnificent creation on an Alaskan cruise with some dear friends in early August.
Do you remember the water project in the gypsy village of Svalyava, Ukraine back in the summer of 1995? A miracle took place this summer as the city government of Svalyava installed water spigots in each yard of the 45 houses in this gypsy village extending from the water pipe which the DCMi family helped to install. Our coworker Elaine had tears in her eyes when she saw clean laundry hanging on every fence and clothesline! Isn’t God marvelous? Pray that these gypsy families will drink from the Living Water as they enjoy the clean water God has provided for them.
DCMi is now an official member of the Next Generation Alliance (NGA), a partnership created by evangelist Luis Palau to encourage and equip a new generation of evangelists. Since its inception in 1998, more than 11 million people have heard the gospel and more than 500,000 people have made public commitments to Jesus Christ through the work of NGA and its member evangelists. Please pray that the Lord will continue to use DCMi for effective global outreach and leadership training through David’s fellowship with NGA evangelists.
While in Dallas, David and the DCMi Board of Directors decided to partner with Dr. and Mrs. Victor Titarchuk who are returning to their homeland of Ukraine to start a Christian university. Victor recently completed his Ph. D. in Education in the United States. Please pray for the Titarchuks as they seek to accomplish the vision God has given them in Ukraine!
David preached a revival for the 25th anniversary of Lafayette Korean Church in Lafayette, LA, Sept 21-23 and then held a pastor’s conference on September 24. Please pray that this congregation will catch a fresh new vision for a healthy ministry for the upcoming 25 years. While in Louisiana, David also spent time with Kay’s parents, and preached at a Korean church in Shreveport.
We will be traveling to Korea October 12-31. David and Dr. Ben and Mary Cross of Auburn, Washington will attend a Church Growth International Conference while Kay and a local prayer team from ChangePoint Ministries will attend a Women of Global Action (WOGA) conference .The purpose of WOGA Korea 2007 is to develop female Christian leaders in unreached people groups. Korean churches have invited 1,200 female Christian leaders from 10/40 window countries to Korea for the 5- day conference. Another 2,000 women are coming from first world countries to network with these leaders for potential partnership in the Great Commission. (www.wogakorea.com) WOGA is truly a God-sized endeavor and the logistics are phenomenal! Please pray for all the delegates to obtain visas, make travel arrangements, and arrive safely at the conference. Also pray that God will lead DCMi to a particular unreached people group that He wants us to adopt.
On the home front, our little Gracie started second grade this year. We praise God for the progress she is making at school and socially. Please pray for her healing as she is taking some potent antifungal medications and is experiencing some difficult side effects – especially itching. Please pray also that God will plant in her heart the ability to know and love Him. We also ask that you pray for David’s daughter Amy who lives in Los Angeles – for her salvation and for us to become closer to her.
My (Kay’s) niece Stacey from Mississippi moved in with us this summer. We have enjoyed having her with us and are thankful for God’s continuing work in her life.
I (Kay) have enjoyed teaching a short course on the book of Ephesians to singles at our church. This book has become quite personal to me as God has been teaching me about all the spiritual blessings He has given us and how we are to live out our identity in Christ. Have you ever noticed how the apostle Paul starts many of His letters with “grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”? In my studies, I ran across a definition of “peace” that really hit home to me: “wholeness; a gift of God affecting the totality of psychic, physical, personal, familial, economic and political dimensions of a person’s life.” That pretty much covers it, doesn’t it?
You will discover a little more about what is going on with DCMi at www.david-chung.net. Thank you again for your spiritual and financial support. We love you and pray for you as well.
Grace and “wholeness” to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
David & Kay