Who Is : Namjin Kim?
Namjin Kim was born in South Korea and grew up in a Buddhist home. His parents dedicated him in the local Buddhist temple when he was a child. But God had other ideas for his life!
As he grew through his later teenage years Namjin became heavily involved in political activities which provoked quite a lot of trouble for his family. When he received his call-up to join the Military for his National Service he was deployed to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) for three years. The DMZ is a region on the Korean peninsula that demarcates South Korea from North Korea. Roughly following the 38th parallel, the 160 mile DMZ corridor incorporates territory on both sides of the cease-fire line as it existed at the end of the Korean War in 1953.
Even though this was a strict and tough environment God miraculously began to reveal Himself to Namjin, who up to the time that his family moved to Seoul had never heard of Jesus, Christianity nor the Church! He says of that time:
"My life during the military service was all about God transforming and moulding me into the man he wanted to be."
A Heart Aflame with the Gospel:
When he was finally discharged from military service, he was encouraged by a number of Christians to pursue God and enter theological training for full time ministry. After much heartfelt prayer and with his heart aflame with the gospel, he decided that this was the right thing to do and so he enrolled at Chongshin Theological University (pictured right) in Seoul to major in History Education and Theology.
After graduation Namjin, by then an active member of KwangMyung Presbyterian Church - one of the largest Presbyterian churches in Korea with a membership of over 10,000 members, was called to move out in faith as a missionary for the church. He and his wife Sungeun, who he had met during his studies at University, married and two weeks later moved out into the UK mission field.
They have also lived and ministered in the United States, where he also received his Master of Divinity degree, in Wales and between 2012 and 2017 was the assistant pastor responsible for evangelism and prayer ministry at Merland Rise Church in Surrey. He is also part of the Evangelical Alliance ONE PEOPLE COMMISSION advisory committee standing alongside leaders such as Steve Clifford, Steve Uppal (All Nations), Pastor Kofi Banful (Praise Chapel) and Bishop Eric Brown (Churches Together in England).
UK Prayer Mission:
Namjin is now the National Director of the UK Prayer Mission which seeks to bring Korean pilgrims of prayer to the UK to pray for the spiritual revival of this country.
The UK Prayer Mission was set up in 2010 by Presbyterian Pastor, Nam Soo Choi. Pastor Choi had visited the UK on a personal pilgrimage to the sending churches of the missionaries who planted the seeds of the gospel in Korea, and was shocked to see that many of those churches had been turned into shops, wine bars or even temples of other religions. On returning to his home church in Seoul he called upon the congregation to prayer for revival for the spiritual revival in England. Namjin Kim was the man he sent out as missionary to set it up. <read more: A tie that binds - Korea to the UK >
Wessex Filling Station:
Namjin Kim spoke at the Wessex Filling Station meeting in February 2017 and again in June 2017 as part of the UK Prayer Mission special celebration event. Both meetings made a huge impression on the audience especially the later where many people responded to be the call for prayer and petitions.
As a leader I can wholeheartedly endorse Namjin and his ministry within the UK and the growing need for prayer, and prayer-counsel, across Europe.