63 countries participated in pastors seminars accumulatively
43 countries all over the world in this 57th seminar
23 countries among all 55 African countries joining in this seminar
<Caption> [Key countries all around the world are marked on the map] From Asia to North and South America, Europe and Africa, pastors from around the globe have gathered in Hindolsan Retreat Center for spiritual rejuvenation.
Yonsei Central Baptist Church was located on a less than 200 square meter basement without windows. Due to poor drainage, dirty waters overflowed into the church basement during the rainy season and fungus-like smells were terrible to newcomers. It was not a good situation in any sense. However, the church has been always full of grace.
“Someday, pastors from around the world shall come here to hear sermons. They come even by chartered planes." Pastor Seok-Jeon Yoon said to believers, inspired by the Holy Spirit. "The pastor seems like a daydream believer." some of them thought, because Pastor Yoon was a preacher from a very small church. However, there were people with deep confidence who had seen a lot of signs accomplished by him.
The word of God proclaimed by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled amazingly in God's ways during 32 years after the foundation of Yonsei Church. 50 teams from 42 different countries are coming to Hindolsan Retreat Center in Suwon city to attend the 57th seminar for Pastors couples held from Feb 26 to Mar 1, 2018. With 22 countries out of 55 countries in the African count of enrollment, more than half of the participants are coming from the African Continent. American participants are from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Haiti. Asian pastors from Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Z are coming as well.
Europe will be represented by people from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Russia. Australians, New Zealanders, and Fijians will come from Oceania. Pastors from around the world and seven seas are coming for this seminar.
It was in 1988 when Pastor Yoon started this pastor's seminar. He gathered 18 people (all pastors' wives) and gave speeches to them for four days and three nights only with 2 meals a day. His seminar has changed them. He gave sermons of encouragement for their dedication to ministry.
His seminar soon became famous for this kind of dedication and in the 5th seminar, it was greatly overcrowded, gathering over 4000 people, so only a limited number of people (of 3000 willing to do so) could participate in the seminar. The seminar grew across the sects by allowing pastors from other religious orders of Christianity from the 8th session.
From the 26th seminar in 2002, even foreign pastors were attending the seminar. A pastor from Z country flew to the seminar. 35 Philippine pastors came to the 31th seminar held in 2005. Pastors from the US continuously come to the seminar since 2009. More than 1000 pastors from Z country were coming to the Seminar in 2014 to find the holy fever and grace the seminar offers to its attendants.
[Total Average] The accumulative number of attending countries is 63, which amounts to 25% of all countries in the world. The accumulative number of attendants amounts to over 6000.
[Frequency and Headcount] It was 1078 people from Z country in 2014 that counts the most from any single country at one go. The most frequent attending countries are Z (24 times), India (16 times), and the US (15 times). Myanmar and Canada have attended 10 times in a series. Top countries with the biggest accumulative number of pastor participation are Z country (3531 people), the US (553), Brazil (361), the Republic of South Africa (271), India (265), and Myanmar (164). The most participating continents are Asia (763) and North America (615).
People from Gabon, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tajikistan, and France are participating in this seminar for the first time. The reason behind the growing numbers from Africa Continent is that Pastor Yoon has held several convocations in the recent 3~4 years in Africa where pastors have experienced spiritual rejuvenation.
There are a lot of testimonies that foreign pastors who participated in this seminar have been successful in their ministry and successful with spiritual power. We are confident that this seminar can bring a lot of spiritual revivals to foreign countries.
All those works have been done only by God. Glory to God, Praise the Lord, Amen.
/BY MI-AE SOHN
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