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The Jesus Village Church (JVC) here celebrated its 10th anniversary on January 14-15.

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February 17, 2007
- Dan Dyck

Chun Chon, South Korea — The Jesus Village Church (JVC) here celebrated its 10th anniversary on January 14-15 with food, festivities, and a commemorative book by Sang-Uk Nham, the coordinator for JVC. A common thread throughout the celebration was the acknowledgement of God’s leading hand in the life of the church.

The Jesus Village church was begun by a group of curious Christians seeking alternatives to the predominant Protestant faith expression in South Korea. A cultural inclination for study led them to a Korean translation of a 1963 book, The Anabaptist Story, by William R. Estep, which eventually led to connections with workers from Commission on Overseas Mission and Mennonite Board of Mission – both of which are predecessor organizations of Mennonite Church Canada Witness. The Korea Anabaptist Center, a ministry offering training, resources and service opportunities for discipleship and peace-building, is an outgrowth of a vision by JVC and other Korean Anabaptists.

Since about 1994, numerous Koreans have studied at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and what is now Canadian Mennonite University. Several Korean church leaders have begun ministries in Toronto and London, Ont., Winnipeg, and Vancouver.