What a year 2016 has been! We have witnessed not only our nation becoming increasingly polarized, but we also saw the chasm within the church during this election cycle. During this time of division and fear, we need to be committed to the work of truth, mercy, justice and peace in our local faith communities as people of the kingdom. We at ReconciliAsian are, in our own way, striving to contribute to the healing work towards shalom.
First of all, we want to thank you for your faithfulness to the ministry of ReconciliAsian. With your prayers and financial support, ReconciliAsian has had many amazing opportunities to be a witness for peace among Asian communities from Los Angeles to Northeast Asia.
Here are some comments that we have heard from ReconciliAsian participants:
As a summer intern, I witnessed how ReconciliAsian contributes in building a bridge across deepening divisions between different communities by reminding people that there are more similarities than differences amongst our heritage and cultural identities.
-Dona Park, Goshen College
The [youth peace] camp, although only three days, brought me back to the gospel. The amazing speakers really poured their hearts out to teach us young people. Their testimonies have really changed my view of the world.
-Ian Lee, 9th grade Youth Peace Camp participant
I learned that my [interracial] marriage has been preparing me to be a peacemaker.
-Yong Meyer, Sierra Vista Servant of Christ Church
[From the seminar] I saw the cycle [of violence] in my own life. And to learn that it can be passed on to our children made me determined to stop this vicious cycle.
-Christine Chang, Red Thread International
These transformative encounters would not have been possible without your support over the past year. You have helped us to minister in many ways including:
- Organizing our first High School Youth Peace Camp focusing on race and identity in collaboration with a Goshen College intern and Youth Venture volunteers
- Offering a five-week Journey Towards Reconciliation program on the topic of listening to stories from our local multi-ethnic communities to be true neighbors
- Hosting Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) training in California in collaboration with West Coast Mennonite Central Committee, Eastern Mennonite University, and Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference Anabaptist Resource Center
- Partnering with Disciples Seminary Foundation to equip seminary students with tools for trauma awareness and resilience work
- Leading an extensive five-week study on North Korea—this time in English
- Making an important trip to North Korea that has opened up possibilities of a Reconciliation Forum and a bike ride from Pyongyang to the DMZ in the next few years
The year ahead also looks to be full of ministry opportunities! Already, we are making plans for 2017 and beyond. Next year will include:
- Organizing a 2nd Youth Peace Camp to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the LA Riots
- Offering a Conflict Transformation Project for immigrant churches
- Hosting a Racial Reconciliation Forum to address the racial tension in our churches and communities
- Coordinating an Intergenerational Family Retreat to talk about cultural and generational conflict in immigrant families
- Consulting in North Korea for a Reconciliation Forum and a bike ride from Pyongyang to the DMZ
We believe that Jesus’ call to peacemaking is at the heart of the gospel, and ReconciliAsian is committed to spreading this message far and wide. But we cannot continue this ministry without support from our donors and friends like you.
For 2017, our projected budget is $47,000. We invite you to prayerfully consider supporting and joining us to spread the message and be a witness of peace in Asian communities. Every donation—large or small—makes a difference in allowing us to continue this work in our churches and communities. If you would like to donate to a specific ministry opportunity mentioned above, you can also designate your donation. Thank you so much for your generous consideration.
Peace be with you,
Hyun and Sue Hur on behalf of ReconciliAsian
There are TWO ways you can make a tax-deductible donation:
1. Send a check payable to ReconciliAsian
Mail To: PO Box 70466, Pasadena, CA 91117
2. Make a PayPal donation via www.reconciliasian.com/donate/