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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Newsletter - July 2018

SfK Ministries Newsletter - JULY 2018

"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace."
(Acts 20:24)

The concept of the 'Sacred-Secular Divide' has been around for a long time and it has persisted even after the Reformation. The following article by Mike Baer, as posted on www.businessasmission.com explains why it is unbiblical.
- Editor
 

Adapted from material first published on the Third Path Blog, as part of a series, reposted on January 19, 2018 on BusinessAsMission.com. 
 
What is the Sacred-Secular Divide?

You don’t have to go very far today to hear some reference to the ‘sacred-secular divide’ or the ‘sacred-secular dichotomy.’ It’s in all the books, blogs, conferences – and occasionally in a sermon. And it’s always in a negative connotation.

So what exactly is the sacred-secular divide? In one sense, it’s impossible to define. It’s a kind of culture, a nuance, an entirely too subtle way of looking at life, vocation and ministry. It’s a shadow that covers many other aspects of our lives. It seems innocuous, but it’s not. The divide is a false dichotomy, a false worldview, an infection in the minds of Jesus’ followers that has done incalculable damage to the cause of the Church.
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Ministry Updates 
  1. SfK Korea held its regular board meeting on June 18th. We are steadily making progress in establishing the first BAM Fund in Korea. Please pray that this process will receive God's favor and establish a fund that empowers missional businesses for great Kingdom Impact.
  2. Jeffrey participated in a Lion's Den, a business plan contest, in a Central Asian nation. 12 business plans were submitted; 9 were presented; 4 have received approval for funding. All participants are pastors striving to be a messenger of the gospel in very hostile environments. Please pray that God will raise up more Christian workers to stand for the Kingdom of God, even in the midst of harsh conditions.
  3. SfK missional business in Central Asia #1 - God has providentially prepared a missional business in this country and we have in principle agreed to serve together for His Kingdom. Praise the Lord! Please pray that this newfound relationship will progress and be fruitful.
  4. Sky Bay Thailand, SfK's implementing member in Thailand, made its first bridge loan in June to a prospective missional business to overcome a temporary cash flow crunch. A proper due diligence is scheduled in July. Please pray that the due diligence will bear fruit that is pleasing to the Lord. 
  5. SfK Missional Business Trading is a platform to facilitate the Kingdom Trade for missional businesses. Its idea is gradually conceptualized and is taking shape into an opportunity with the potential of tremendous impact. Please pray that God will send the right people to lead and implement this important platform to develop into a powerful engine and empower missional businesses for the greater Kingdom Impact. 
  6. SfK Webpage has been updated. Please browse our website by clicking here. www.sfkministries.org
Upcoming Events & Prayer Requests
  • July 2018 - SfK will explore a few possibilities to collaborate for the Kingdom of God in Kenya in July. Please pray for God's guidance and discernment in this exploratory trip. 
  • July 13, 2018 - SfK Tanzania will hold its first BAM Seminar in Arusha. Please pray that God will raise up young entrepreneurs who see God's calling in business. 
  • July 16-27, 2018 - SfK will hold its second MBA Boot Camp Training (BCT) in 2018 in Kigali. Please pray that the participants will be equipped to live a missional life through business.
  • August 2018 - SfK will make an exploratory "K-city" trip to four cities in four nations, which all start with the letter K. Please pray that SfK will meet people, hold discussion, make decisions and carry out work in a manner that will honor the Lord.
  • August 10, 2018 - SfK Life (US) will hold its board meeting. Please pray that all board members will remain vigilant to the calling, vision and mission SfK upholds. 
  • September 2018 - SfK will participate in KBM Global Gathering in Korea. Please pray that like-minded people will encourage and edify one another through this gathering.
  • September 21-23, 2018 - BAM Global will hold its Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Please pray that many Christians see what God has in store for their businesses to advance His own Kingdom on earth.
Thank you for equipping, empowering and standing with us through finance and prayer for missional businesses in Asia and Africa!

Until next time, may God bless you richly so that you may be a greater blessing to people in need around the world!
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Newsletter - June 2018



SfK Ministries Newsletter - JUNE 2018

“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.” ‭‭(Psalm‬ ‭128:1-4‬)
Borisoth:  a Missional Business in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 
On the busy streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia an eye-catching, sleek organic foods store and cafe welcomes locals, students, and travelers.  Its elegant interior attracts those with purchasing power and fuels a company that does more than just serving coffee, teas, and organic fruits. 
Borisoth, a division of the Hesed Agricultural Co., Ltd, is an implementing member of SfK in Cambodia.  It specializes in aggregating and selling organic food items produced by various suppliers.  Its initial focus still remains on facilitating sales of products made by Christian communities established by missionaries.
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Ministry Updates
  1. SfK Life held its face-to-face board meeting in Los Angeles, California on May 18 and 19, 2018. The meeting was fruitful with important decisions made.
  2. Jeffrey attended a 3-day advanced training program for mentoring BAMers in Toronto, Canada during May 22-24. Please pray that this training will help improve SfK's mentoring program.
  3. Jeffrey took part in Freedom Business Alliance (FBA) annual face to face board meeting held in Toronto, Canada on May 25 and 26, 2018. Please pray that the decisions made will spearhead the direction of the FBA. 
  4. SfK held a meeting with C-BAM (Center for BAM) leadership to explore opportunities for collaboration. In principle, three areas for collaboration will be further explored. Please pray that this initial meeting will develop further to produce synergy for His Kingdom.
  5. SfK led a 2-week intensive training program (SfK MBA Boot Camp Training) at Bethel Korean Church in Irvine, California. A total of 20 people participated in the training, and three SfK Kingdom Fellows led the training. The training began at 9:00 am and lasted until 10:00 pm, except for meal times. Please pray that the church will develop a sound BAM platform not only for the church members but also for other churches interested in BAM movement in the region. 
Upcoming Events & Prayer Requests
  • June 2018:  SfK will participate in a Lion's Den in a Central Asian nation. This business plan contest is for many missional entrepreneurs participating from several countries in the region. Please pray that this event will equip and empower committed missional entrepreneurs in their endeavors in this region of harsh life and environment.
  • July 2018:  SfK will explore a few partnership opportunities in Nairobi, Kenya. Please pray that this effort will be fruitful. 
  • July 2018:  SfK Tanzania will hold a BAM Seminar in ArushaPlease pray that this initial event will attract committed young Tanzania entrepreneurs to see God's design in business. 
  • July 2018:  SfK will lead SfK MBA Boot Camp Training Kigali to be hosted by Rwanda Shalom Mission. Three SfK Kingdom Fellows will be main lecturers. Please pray that this training will help equip Rwandan Christian entrepreneurs to be ready for living a missional life in their businesses.  
  • August 2018:  SfK will make a "K-city Tour" to four cities in four countries. All four countries start with the letter "K." Hence, it is called "K-city Tour." SfK will explore several opportunities to lead training sessions, to make financial investments and to identify for international trade. Please pray that the Lord will lead SfK to meet the right people and come to right decisions.  
 
We thank you wholeheartedly for standing with us with support and prayer for His Kingdom to advance on earth.

Until we reach out to you with more news on what the Lord is doing through SfK, we pray for God's grace and peace upon you, your family and your beloved one. 
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Borisoth... a missional business in Phnom Penh, Cambodia


On the busy streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia an eye-catching, sleek organic foods store and cafe welcomes locals, students, and travelers.  Its elegant interior attracts those with purchasing power and fuels a company that does more than just serving coffee, teas, and organic fruits. 





Borisoth, a division of the Hesed Agricultural Co., Ltd, is an implementing member of SfK in Cambodia.  It specializes in aggregating and selling organic food items produced by various suppliers.  Its initial focus still remains on facilitating sales of products made by Christian communities established by missionaries.  


Borisoth is led by Young Chul Choi, a veteran in the Cambodian financial service industry.  His passion, dedication and tenacious efforts brought the company to move fast with the strong guidance received from Hesed, its main business entity.

Borisoth has been in operation only for approximately one year, but has impacted the community tremendously.  Borisoth and its suppliers employ more than 200 employees, and its beneficiaries exceed 900 persons.

Currently, Borisoth has two main suppliers:  ISAC and Srolanh.  ISAC is a supplier of beef, pork and eggs for over 25 years.  This Christian community employs 48 people and has benefited more than 200 persons.  Srolanh is a church community and village in Cambodia.  This community produces dried mangoes.  Borisoth sells these mangoes, which has helped this community rapidly grow.  In less than a year, Srolanh has employed 16 people and has benefited 72 persons.  Recently, Borisoth exported 1.2 tons of dried mangoes.  These products sold out within two weeks!





These two examples of suppliers that have benefited much from the operations of Borisoth show the promise of adding additional suppliers.  Borisoth hopes to identify and add more suppliers that will have a transformational impact in the communities they serve.

Though financial sustainability is important, Borisoth seeks to impact its communities and the communities of their suppliers socially, environmentally and spiritually as well.  

Socially, Borisoth aims to impact the communities in which they serve.  By increasing sales and sustainability, Borisoth aims to encourage and empower Christian communities to directly impact their own communities whether it be through community service, having the best customer experience, or even provide employment for its locals.

Environmentally, Borisoth believes in caring for the Earth that God has perfectly created.  Borisoth only pursues the sales of organic products and refuses to sell other products, though they may be more profitable.  This principle may slow down the process of sustainability, but Borisoth believes in being environmentally responsible.  

Spiritually, Borisoth embeds biblical principles and values in their management practices.  The company aims to build trust and confidence between its staff and leadership by respecting and honoring one another.  Currently, Borisoth has 10 employees, some of whom have yet to know the Lord.  Through mutual respect and a heart of servitude, the company hopes to emulate Christ's love for all its staff and employees.  

Despite its short history, Borisoth is making significant progress towards the journey of a missional business.  It is a pathway for a holistic transformative experience in Cambodia.  The current sweat of the leadership has and will continue to bear fruit that will have a lasting impact!


SfK Ministries is blessed to partner with Borisoth and its main company, Hesed.  We continue to pray that the Lord guide them and hold their hands during these times of growth so that we all can experience the rewarding journey of what it means to be a missional business.