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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Newsletter - November 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-11
November 10, 2017
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"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

(Philippians 4:19,20)
Business as Mission (BAM) is not a technique or skill that one can master quickly. Rather it is a substantial change in perspective on work and business. It is a holistic worldview and lifestyle that integrates the Word and the deeds strategically in business on a long-term basis towards the advancement of the gospel on earth.

BAM is not a stop gap for the funding shortage that traditional missions experience. BAM is not a means to an end, but in and through itself the gospel of God must be lived out.

BAM is clearly a global movement. But it is not complete nor perfect. It still has many needs and gaps.
The following article, prepared in 2009 by Mats Tunehag (Chairman of BAM Global), addresses this very issue and after eight years this article still remains valid and true. I trust you will find insights from this article.

- Editor
 

 

A Global Overview of the Business as Mission Movement: Needs & Gaps

 
Mats Tunehag Category: Perspectives Issue: 01-2009
Business as Mission (BAM) is part of a wider global movement that recognizes and responds to God’s call to the whole Church taking the whole gospel to the whole person in the whole world.BAM is a relatively new term, but is based upon biblical concepts. The BAM concept is holistic in nature and content; it is built upon the truth that God has the power to transform people and communities spiritually, economically, socially, and environmentally.
BAM does not accept the unbiblical and pervasive paradigm of a dichotomy between sacred and secular, where “church” or “missionary” work is considered a spiritually superior “full-time ministry” and doing business is considered less “spiritual”—or worse. In the last fifteen years the BAM concept has spread across the world and the number of BAM initiatives has grown dramatically.
However, there are still major needs and gaps in the global BAM movement. This article will attempt to identify and briefly elaborate on a few of them. The following nine points can be used for prayer, discussion, planning, and action.

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MINISTRY UPDATES
 
  • WEC BAM Conference (October 14-16), Chiang Mai, Thailand Jeffrey met with WEC's leadership on BAM to explore the possibility of collaboration for the Kingdom. The meeting went well and we pray for a tangible and fruitful collaboration. 
  • SfK MBA Kigali II (October 30 - November 4), Kigali, Rwanda. SfK Ministries held its second MBA in Kigali in 2017, following one held in April. The training went very well with Jeffrey Lee, Sung Soo Kim, Evangelene Ong and Dan Mutiganda sharing the training responsibility. All 12 participants are committed to pass their learning to others in a constructive way. The participants have been carefully selected by Kigali Diocese of Rwanda Anglican Church so that they may develop their own training curriculum for the congregation members of hundreds of churches within the diocese. SfK Ministries will continue working with them in their journey.
 
  • Nanuri Co. Ltd., Kigali, Rwanda. Currently, it is undergoing the the first of a three-phase development project.  The initial phase involves the construction of a medical center and a guest house. Jeffrey shared a message on one of its weekly prayer meetings and participated in its board meeting to prepare for the upcoming completion of the construction and subsequent grand opening of two businesses. The Nanuri Community consists of a group of families and provides driving forces behind this company's ambitious project. 
  • Sky Bay, Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, the implementing member of SfK Ministries in Thailand, continues to expand its business incubation activities while expanding its own SNS marketing programs. It organized the SFK MBA Chiang Mai and will be hosting the first business plan contest. It is also pilot testing the SfK Shared Accounting Service with the help of a Kingdom Fellow, Hana Lee, from Seoul Korea on its accounting capability. 
  • New Life Corporation, Bangkok, Thailand is a missional business that focuses on serving Thai nationals who worked in Korea and have since returned to Thailand. New Life desires to take a holistic approach towards caring for their spiritual needs through six churches in Thailand as well as economic needs through 14 cafes. They are also preparing to enter into the organic chicken farming business. SfK Ministries desires to work with them to establish, develop and position themselves within this market to produce synergy for the Kingdom of God.
  • SfK Shared Accounting Service is still under pilot testing. We face some challenges, but with creative minds working together, we will be able to overcome them. 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
  1. SfK Life Board Meeting (November 10, 2017)Please pray that the board members will consider and decide all issues presented with God's divine discernment and wisdom. 
  2. Strategic Planning Session (November 13-16, 2017) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Two will come from Cambodia and one will come from Korea. Please pray that this strategic planning session will be fruitful for the Kingdom of God. 
  3. Jeffrey's Travel to the U.S. (November 17 - December 22) - Jeffrey and his wife, Kristin, will visit Los Angeles, Denver, New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. In addition to spending time with their children over the holiday season, they plan to share the activities of SfK Ministries and develop financial resources. For this trip, they will share with supporters a variety of products made by a few freedom businesses that rescue, equip and empower women entrapped in modern slavery including human trafficking. Please let us know if you want to host small gatherings in your living room to learn more about SfK MinistriesPlease pray that their trip will be fruitful with inspiration shared with many people on the transformational power of missional businesses. 
  4. SfK Ministries Business Plan and Strategic Plan - SfK Ministries has begun the process of preparing its business plan and refine its strategic plan. Please pray that this process will be handled with God's wisdom. 
  5. Kingdom Fellows Needed - We all are blessed with God-given talents. You can participate in SfK Ministries even remotely using your God-given talents. Kingdom Fellows are fellow workers for God's Kingdom. They share the vision, mission and core values of SfK Ministries, and desire to love and serve God and His Kingdom by helping equip and empower missional businesses. These missional businesses in turn love, serve, equip and empower those around them and within their communities. You are invited to use your talents in equipping and empowering these transformative missional businesses. Please contact us at info@sfklife.org for more details. 
 

 
Until our next update about SfK Ministries and its transformational impact, we pray that God will richly bless you to be a blessing to many people around you!
 
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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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