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Korea, South

Republic of Korea


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Area: 99,067 sq km

Southern half of Korean peninsula. Forested mountain ranges; 22% arable.

Population: 48,500,717    Annual Growth: 0.39%

Capital: Seoul

Urbanites: 81.9%

HDI Rank: 26 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Official language: Korean    Languages: 4 All languages


Largest Religion: Non-religious

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Answer to Prayer

Praise God for the unique Korean Church. It was founded on sound indigenous principles, blessed with a succession of revivals, refined by persecution and is now one of the foremost Churches in the world for missions vision. It has one of the highest proportions of evangelicals in Asia. Korea’s Church presence is highly visible; Korean society has been impacted on many levels by it, and a number of high-profile leaders of politics and industry are Christian. From the first Protestant church planted in 1884, South Korea now has possibly 50,000 Protestant congregations.

Challenge for Prayer

The looming spectre of North Korea must not be ignored. With Seoul only 30 miles from the demilitarized zone, any conflict would immediately affect millions. More likely than an invasion is the collapse of North Korea’s state structure, bringing with it massive humanitarian needs and a huge challenge to the South. Pray that political and Christian leaders may be ready for such an occasion and make wise decisions for the healing of all Korea. Mission to the North is almost impossible, but many in the South prepare and pray for reunification and for the opportunity to share the gospel. OMS/KEHC is pursuing ministry among North Korean refugees as a first step. Other initiatives include the Open Doors prayer campaign, CCK’s Save North Korea campaign and initiatives by OMF, the Methodists and others.

     For an additional 9 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Korea, South.