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American Home Schoolers to the Rescue in South Koreas Churches July 25, 2006

Posted by peterong in Asia Ministry.

(this is not an endorsement on homeschooling by Peter Ong)

As reported in the Christian Public Relations website

2006-07-24 —

(AgapePress) – A family ministry is encouraging home-school families to take the ultimate fieldtrip and move to South Korea. Family Mission International is looking for families to lead a brand new home-schooling movement in South Korea as part of an effort to save the next generation of Korean Christian leaders.

Family Mission International (FMI) was founded just one year ago in June 2005. But the mission behind it began years ago when FMI founder Brad Voeller was just eight years old, serving with his missionary family in the Philippines. Since that time, Voeller — who has a passion for foreign missions and for families — has served in various Asian locations. To minister to families all over the world, he founded Family Mission International. According to its website, FMI “is engaged in mobilizing and equipping churches and families to share the message of biblical family, family discipleship, and home education worldwide.” What better way to reach families than through families? FMI decided to send home-schooling families to countries around the world. Step one is South Korea. (more…)

Large Grant for Asian Studies at Calvin College July 11, 2006

Posted by peterong in Asia Ministry.
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Four years ago when Calvin College received a large grant for its Asian Studies program, Dan Bays, director of the program, noted simply that “Ignorance of Asia is not an option for the 21st century.”

Recent events in Asia, including the launching of missiles by North Korea and rumblings this week by Japan about striking North Korea pre-emptively, have done nothing to change Bays’ opinion.

And he says Calvin will continue to equip its graduates with an understanding of Asia thanks to a significant new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Calvin will receive $500,000 from the NEH, provided it raises an additional $1.5 million on its own. The money will go toward an Asian Studies endowment at Calvin that will sustain and expand the new, but growing, program at the college (some 500 students a year now are enrolled in Asian Studies at Calvin).

“The grant is a fantastic opportunity for a fantastic program,” says Calvin history professor Daniel Bays, who heads up Asian Studies at Calvin after a long tenure at the University of Kansas. “The endowment will allow us to build on key accomplishments over the past eight years that have not only strengthened a major humanities program, but also created tremendous momentum in curricular development, faculty scholarships and exhange programs with China, Japan and Korea.” (more…)