Birth of KCCJ

Yi, Su-Jeong: Chosun’s ‘man of Macedonia’

1882

  • Arrived in Japan as Chosun’s official delegate
  • Introduced to Christianity by Tsuda, a Japanese agriculturalist
  • Baptised by Rev. Knox of the Presbyterian Mission

1883

  • Led many Korean students to the faith
  • Sent an appeal to North American Churches to engage in missionary outreach in Korea
  • His appeal caught the attention of Henry G. Appenzeller and Horace G. Underwood

1884

  • Translated the gospels and Acts with the support from American Bible Society
  • His editions were extensively used by the first missionaries to Korea

1886

  • Returned to Korea only to be executed on the charge of treason
  • Was instrumental in setting forces into motion which led to the evangelization of Korea

TOKYO KOREAN YMCA

1906

  • Was established for the purpose of serving about 500 Korean students in Tokyo
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Mission Work by Korean Presbyterian / Methodist Churches

TOKYO KOREAN CHURCH

1908

  • A small congregation comprised of Kim, Chang Shik(Korean YMCA Secretary), Elder Chung and Korean Students

1909

  • Presbytery of Korea sent Pastor Han, Suck Chin

MISSION WORK BY PRESBYTERIAN / METHODIST CHURCH

1911

  • Rev. Henry Bruen persuaded the Presbyterians to join with the Methodist students in common worship
  • The joint church in Tokyo was inaugurated as ‘Union Christian Church’

* The Korean population in Japan had altered considerably in the decade since Japanese takeover of their homeland in 1910. Hundreds of thousand of Korean farmers were dispossessed and emigrated to various parts of Japan.
* Tokyo YMCA staged February 8th Korean Independence Declaration in 1919 and suffered ensuing persecution
* The 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake – Japanese thugs murdered over 4,000 Korean men falsely accusing them of criminal activities

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Mission Work sponsored by ‘Korean Federal Council of Church and Mission’ and Presbyterian Church in Canada

KFCCM

1924

  • Was constituted in 1924 as a joint institute by Presbyterian Churches and Methodist Church in Korea
  • Dispatched Rev. Tak-Kwan Oh to Kyushu in 1926

PCC

1927

  • dispatched Rev. Luther L. Young to Japan
    – Missionary Luther Young served as treasurer / coordinator for the Korean Christian
  • Organization in Japan. Under his leadership Korean Christians in Japan were able to established
  • 72 churches and prayer meeting places with 3,192 Christians, 24 night schools and 9 kindergartens by the end of 1934.
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The Formation of the Chosun Christian Church

MERGENCE OF CHOSUN CHRISTIAN SYNOD

1934

  • Rev. Luther Young engineered the independence of Chosun Christian Church from under the control of Korean National Christian Council and was voted the Moderator of its first General Assembly

1936

  • C.C.S. was renaimed Chosun Christian Church and joined the National Christian Council in Japan
  • Amalgamation with Presbyterian Church of Japan

1939

  • The Religious Organization Law forced C.C.C. to unit with N.C.C.J. (Presbyterian Church of Japan

EMERGENCE OF CHOSUN CHRISTIAN SYNOD

1934

  • Rev. Luther Young engineered the independence of Chosun Christian Church from under the control of Korean National Christian Council and was voted the Moderator of its first General Assembly

1936

  • C.C.S. was renaimed Chosun Christian Church and joined the National Christian Council in Japan
  • Amalgamation with Presbyterian Church of Japan

1939

  • The Religious Organization Law forced C.C.C. to unit with N.C.C.J. (Presbyterian Church of Japan)
The Pacific War Years

FORMATION OF THE UNION OF CHURCHES OF JAPAN

1940

  • C.C.C. was absorbed into the Union of Churches and lost its independence

THE MISSION WAS DISSOLVED AND ALL MISSIONARIES WITHDREW TO CANADA

1941 – 1945

  • War was declared on the 7th day of Dec. 1941
  • Korean homes and churches were damaged or destroyed and many Christians were burned to death
  • A ‘Remnant’ congregation met in the Korean YMCA ministered by Yoon Tai Oh
Post-war Rebuilding and Re-organizing with PCC

KOREAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN JAPAN

1945

  • A mass migration of Koreans back to Korea
    – KCCJ (21 Churches / 3 Pastor) was re-instated and disassociated from the Union of Churches of Japan

PCC’S RECOMMENCEMENT OF ITS JAPAN MISSION

1948

  • KCCJ appealed to PCC for the renewal of Japan Mission and PCC sent out a fact-finding delegation (Laura Platon, Alan Munro)

1949

  • 74-year-old Dr. Young and missionaries Paul/Jean Rumball returned and became a stabilizing force in the uncertain post – war era

1950

  • Dr. Young passed away and Rev. Rumball took the leadership role
Forward, Following Christ into the World

50 TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MISSION IN JAPAN

1958

  • Celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the Mission in Japan at Tokyo Church
  • KCCJ joined Japan National Christian Council


EVANGELIZING CHURCH IN ITS MISSION FIELD

2008

  • 100 th Anniversary of the Mission(Church)
    – About 100 churches with over 7,000 worshipers

RE-ORIENTATION OF THE MISSION

1969

  • Started to protest against Alien Registration Law, which was designed to discriminate minorities in Japan

1970

  • Commenced the construction of Korean Christian Center in Osaka

1973

  • Founded Research/Action Institute for Koreans in Japan(RAIK)

* Fingerprinting Abolition Movement

  •  Aimed to abolish the fingerprinting requirement for Koreans in Japan
  • Started in 1980 and by 1982 there were 30(mostly Christians) who had refused to be fingerprinted
  • From 1985 on, missionary Jack McIntosh spearheaded the movement
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