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- Stats for Korea
In a high Power Distant culture such as South Korea, workers want autocratic bosses. Korea is a very homogeneous culture, leading to mistrust of outsiders. Korean saying: Do not trust someone who is smiling in a photo (Neutral communication).
Top 25 Stats
Total Evangelicals- 8.2 M (14th); Human Development Index- 15th; Internet Access- 91.52% (9th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
One of the most homogeneous nations in the world: Korean (97.8%); Other (2.2%, a mix of Western Chinese, Japanese, and South or Southeast Asian).
Transformed from one of the poorest nations in the world into the 11th largest economy. Rapid industrial growth, modernization, and exports; Nation has few natural resources. In last generation, growth was remarkable, but exposed corruption in industry and politics. Wealth led to more suicides, Internet addiction, sex industry, and cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is highest per capita in world led by eye surgery to look more Western.
History / Politics
Has a 1000-year history of invasions and interference from nearby nations: Japanese occupation (1910-1945), national division (1945-1948), Korean war (1950-1953). These shape the Korean attitudes and politics; Strong military-civilian rule (1950-1987). Now has a multiparty democracy with a strong alliance with the U.S., including U.S. troops.
Many Koreans still consult with shaman or mix Buddhism and Christianity. Lots of technology used in church services, and mobile phones are used in evangelism. The Korean church grew amazingly from 1900-2000, but growth has slowed recently. Pastors are well-trained, Koreans send out many missionaries, and pray long and frequently. Tension exists between churches and some pastors have pride issues.
Praise the Lord for the growth in the Korean church in the last century. Pray that the church would be more pure in its Christian beliefs and practices. Pray that the missionaries sent to other countries would be effective and encouraged. Pray that the growth would start again, and that pastors and groups would cooperate.