Up Close with Mr. Shin Ung-Seop

Mr. Shin Ung-Seop is the IFES East Asia Regional Secretary. His is a smiling face you will definitely see regularly at IFES EARC 2014. We had the privilege of sitting down with him to ask a few questions on video. This EARC is a special one for him. Watch and find out why!


1.    How long have you been the IFES East Asia Regional Secretary? How many East Asia Regional Conferences have you been directly involved?

This is my seventh year as Regional Secretary. And I was involved directly in EARC 2008 in Japan, EARC 2011 in Singapore and now EARC 2014 in Malaysia.


2.    You were involved with shaping the direction of IFES EARC 2014 from the start. As the Regional Secretary of IFES East Asia, what is your dream for EARC 2014 and East Asia?

When we planned EARC 2011 together with other General Secretaries, we felt the need that we come together to comfort and to face the challenges in our region as a whole, as different movements and different individuals were struggling in their national movements. How can we as people of God, come together, look upon God, and seek His guidance in these challenging situations so that we can really be solidified, and we can really be attentive towards God’s calling in this generation. Also His calling to be prophetic in our calling. Also to look at the mission field, not from our own perspective but from God’s perspective. Of course there are many challenges. Many problems.  Very challenging situations. But how God is looking on it and then how we depend on God, to move on. That is one thing we would like to see together.

As East Asian region, as a regional event, not only as an individual event, but as a whole we would like to see that we come together to see, to enjoy, to celebrate God’s guidance and God’s power amongst us. Then once we come to each movement, each country, then we can carry on the message that God has provided through this conference. So it’s actually a good opportunity to come together to listen to God. Also reminded that we are His people, sent by God to this conference, to each context, so that we can be faithful in witnessing and in bearing His name in our daily life. Also in our own personal life. Also relationship with our friends and our family. And also in our society. That is my dream.


3.    What about the conference do you personally look forward to?

This coming EARC is special for me because I used to live in Malaysia for three years when I was working here. And this time, even though I have left Malaysia and returned to Korea, still I feel that Malaysia is my home. So I really wanted to feel more at home, meeting friends as a host by inviting or welcoming other people from other (countries). So that I can share the Malaysian experience with all other graduates or students or staff from different movements.  So this is very special for me. Not only as a Regional Secretary. But also as an individual. How can it be done so that people from other movements can really feel at home, can learn from Malaysia, FES Malaysia, how God has been blessing our movement here.


4.    What are some interesting features of IFES EARC 2014 (being an international conference) that students can expect to experience at the conference?

First of all I think that there are many people, many students from pioneering movements that are joining. So we’re very excited not only for those who attend for the first time from the pioneering movements but also from more established ones, we can learn from one another. Not only from one perspective, but from mutual support and also mutual contribution. So open your mind, open your heart, and also open your eyes so that we can witness that God is working in every context, every culture and every individual. That is one very important feature for me.

Personally, I also want to encourage our delegates to try to learn Malaysian hospitality. How they’re brothers and sisters, how they continue to be faithful to serve the Lord in this situation, in this more restricted culture. It is not common in other countries. But we can learn a lot from this context. Thank you.

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