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Two countries, one mission: MCC’s efforts to support all people on the Korean Peninsula

Cober Bauman: ‘Deep importance of ongoing peacemaking’

By Jason Dueck

It’s been more than 60 years since the ceasefire that ended the Korean War, but to this day the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) do not have an official peace and the divide remains great. Continue reading Two countries, one mission: MCC’s efforts to support all people on the Korean Peninsula

Letters October 2017

Seeking Peace Between North Korea and the U.S.

We, two pastors among the Christians in Canada, pray for peace between North Korea and the United States. We do not seek the destruction of the DPRK or of the U.S. We want children, women, and men to live safely within their borders.

We do not think any nation should have or use nuclear weapons. We ask that the U.S., with more nuclear weapons than any other country, would reduce and eliminate its nuclear stockpile as an example to other countries.

North Korea, the U.S., and Canada have brave leaders and people who will protect themselves.  We know this. But war devastates countries for generations. It harms children, the elderly, sick, women, and men. It destroys cities and rural areas. It harms crops and water needed for life. War dishonours the aggressive, the injured, the dead and the living. We want to protect the lives of people.

We ask leaders in Canada, the U.S., and the DPRK to build relationships and to avoid conflict even at the last moment. Please avoid war. Please talk, negotiate, and compromise. Please respect each other. In our tradition of faith the one who reduces the conflict first deserves the highest honour.

Remember our respect for you. We seek your well-being. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Pastor Hyoungjin Kim, Pelly, Sask.

Pastor Terry M. Smith, Mitchell, Man.

 Note: the letter was sent to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs; the Honourable Donald J. Trump, president of the U.S.; and to Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. No clear way was found to send this letter to officials in the DPRK.

Silence Needed in the Sanctuary

I agree with the Apostle John: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 3). Having lived the days I have it is easy to say: So much of Western Christianity is going to the dogs in our day.

It is not entirely so. Our present younger generation is doing some things better than we have done in the past. The Bible speaks about “our fathers have sinned in the past,” which is true. And probably it could also be said that many generations have stressed some good traditions and neglected some others.

In our present western Christian generation our “fear of the Lord” is poorly respected, I believe. May our Lord help us to improve that! Philippians 2:8-11 includes “that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.” How much knee bending, physically and spiritually, am I doing and in our church is there going on?

Do I like to do my prayer on the recliner and the Christian commitment is it done at our convenience? In Calvary, Jesus knelt down and prayed. In my earliest church attendance, worship was started with kneeling in prayer and was closed with kneeling in prayer. Silence in the sanctuary, singing and preaching were part of the worship.

Today there is loud visiting in the sanctuary pews until the preacher shouts for the worship to start and cracks a joke which those who can hear will chuckle to.

Does our present generation need to be more devout and sanctified? God bless!

– Jake K. Friesen, Steinbach, Man.

Thank You, EMC, for The Messenger!

I am writing to express my great appreciation for The Messenger as a whole. I always look forward to receiving my copy, and have been impressed with the new website as well.

I always especially anticipate the regular columns by Terry Smith, Layton Friesen, and Jocelyn R. Plett. I find myself so greatly encouraged by the missionary reports as well as the reports from other EMC churches. I am inspired and challenged to varying degrees by the lead articles.

I think what encourages me the most is to see all the incredible things that God is doing in so many various ways even just in our relatively tiny conference and then to think of the many other churches, conferences, and organizations around the world in which God is also working! It inspires me to seek God’s guidance as I take my own small part in God’s work.

I just want to say a big thank you to the EMC for continuing this ministry and to the editors and contributors who put in so much hard work to make it happen.

– Bethany Matejka, Birch River, Man.


Terry Smith: A Clash With Christmas

by Terry M. Smith

While North Korea’s Sept. 9 test of a nuclear weapon was condemned around the world, the focus should be on opposing nuclear weapons, not on who can have them.

It’s curious logic for those countries possessing nuclear weapons to disallow them elsewhere. How likely is it that sanctions and other punishments will help North Korea to feel less isolated and give up a weapon that some others have?

Make no mistake. North Korea should not have, test, or use nuclear weapons; no country should under any circumstances. The use of such weapons involves indiscriminate, long-term harm. It is an offense against God and people made in his image. Nations need to protect themselves, but not in this way.

The use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were horrific acts. Yes, they shortened World War Two, freed many people in POW camps (including three of my relatives), and prevented more war crimes by Japanese forces. They also spared many Allied and Japanese soldiers who would have died in further ground fighting.

However, the basic purpose of having soldiers is to protect non-combatants.

Something is amiss when civilians are killed to protect soldiers. In this instance, soldiers killed non-combatants, elderly men, women and children, including some Catholics and Protestants.

Terry M. Smith

No nuclear weapon is so precise that it will not kill civilians; even much smaller missiles, even used in drone strikes, cannot do so.

Nuclear weapons clash with the good news of Christmas.