By Rev. Ken Sunoo “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:19 University Presbyterian Church has a wonderful ministry with the many international students and scholars who come to Seattle each year. This ministry has profound ripple effects around the world, as individuals become believers at UPC and then, when they return to their home countries, they end up in positions of influence. In February, Stephanie Lam (UPC Executive Assistant) and I (Rev. Ken Sunoo) visited five of our returnees in Seoul, Korea: Juhee Jeong, Catherine Joo, Lily Moon, and Youngwook & Heather Park. We hosted them for a reunion dinner, and they shared with us how they were impacted by their time at UPC.
An Article by Richard Stearns This week Iraqi forces and their allies are fighting to take back the city of Mosul from ISIL, who have held it since 2014. It’s happening in an area of biblical significance: Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city of some 1.5 million people is in modern-day Nineveh. We remember Nineveh from one of the most popular stories of the Old Testament in which the prophet Jonah reacted badly to a command from God. He had been tapped to go to Nineveh, the prosperous and powerful center of the Assyrian empire. The people there had become so wicked that God wanted to destroy them unless Jonah could preach some sense into them. But Jonah had his own view of the Ninevites, that they weren’t worthy of God’s compassion. Instead of obeying God, he ran away.