Olympic Missions

Jonathan Brownson

READ : 1 Corinthians 9:16–23

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. (v. 22)

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Dr. Na takes us to the large missionary map on the wall in the lunchroom. He tells us that 639 tribes around the world are not yet reached with the gospel. His school, the largest of its kind in training ordained pastors, focuses on sending missionaries to unreached people groups. From a young age, Dr. Na wanted to be a general in the Korean army and command 100,000 soldiers. God had other plans for his life.

In 1988 the Olympics came to Seoul. It was a momentous occasion. As the Beijing Olympics were to China in 2008, so the Seoul Olympics were to South Korea. A showcase, a stage, a triumph. Dr. Na was placed in charge of all security for the Olympic Games. His homework for two years was to find out everything there was to know about the 160 countries participating in the Olympics. After the Olympics concluded, Dr. Na was passed over for a promotion in the military. He would not be a general.

So on the day after his discharge, Dr. Na planted a new church for foreigners. That church grew and now houses the mission center. Dr. Na is a “general” of missions. After 17 years, his church has sent out ten full-time missionaries. He does not command 100,000 soldiers. Instead, he serves by training hundreds of missionaries.


Lord, give me the job you want me to have when you want me to have it.