The vision for the ministry of the KAC was first suggested by the leaders of the Jesus Village Church (JVC) and of Abba Shalom Koinonia (ASK) community in Kangwon province, South Korea. Interest in this vision has grown and is shared by many other brothers and sisters including graduates of the former Mennonite Vocational School, an MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) project following the Korean War.
Several North American Mennonite mission agencies (Mennonite Church Canada, WITNESS, Mennonite Mission Network – USA, and MCC) have cooperated in responding to this vision. From 1996 to 1998, missionaries Chris & Laura Mullet Koop served at JVC and ASK.
In 1998, missionaries Tim & Karen Froese and family arrived in Seoul, meeting many people interested in the Anabaptist/Mennonite expression of Christian faith. KAC marked its official beginning on November 2, 2001 and is continuing to build its ministry and relationships in partnership with brothers and sisters from Korea and North America.
In a short period of time, over 400 individuals have joined our list of friends. They come from churches, faith communities, and civic groups. Many are Christian. Some are not. Usually they hear of us through a friend, but sometimes they discover us through our website or a news article. Most live in Korea, but we also have contacts in Canada, Chile, England and the U.S.A.
Most often our friends are drawn to Anabaptism because of their search for discipleship, peace and/or Christian community. We welcome all, listening to and learning from their search, and we join them in exploring relevant ways of loving God, our neighbors, and each other.