Sei Hun Kim named Heritage Award winnerby BSCNC Communications
GREENSBORO – When Sei Hun Kim came to the United States from Thailand in 1973 he came with a dream to become a millionaire. Yet, soon after arriving in the United States, he met a Southern Baptist deacon who helped him understand that God brought him to this country for a much greater purpose.
Kim, a devoted Buddhist, prayed to receive Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior after arriving in the United States. He realized that God saved him so that he could tell others about Him and glorify Him.
Born in North Korea, Kim was forced at age 12 to move to South Korea as the Korean War came to an end. He was separated from his family for seven years.
Kim, 73, has served with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) in Asian church planting for many years and is the 2013 BSCNC Heritage Award recipient. Kim was honored April 25 during a luncheon at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center.
Although Kim officially retired in 2005, he continues to serve the BSCNC in the area of Asian church development and leadership development. Kim served as an Asian church planting missionary with the North American Mission Board and BSCNC for 10 years, during which time he helped start 72 new churches and missions.
Prior to that, he was appointed a language missionary catalyst to the Tennessee Baptist Convention through the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) and helped start 43 new churches and missions.
“I am most grateful for this humble servant of God, and I am blessed to know him and to serve with him,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSCNC executive director-treasurer. “Sei Hun truly desires that the attention, and all the focus and praise, be directed toward Jesus Christ and not to himself.”
Kim was one of 12 honored during the Heritage Awards, which recognizes individuals and couples who represent exemplary service and giving to organizations associated with the BSCNC. Other organizations participating include the Baptist Children’s Homes, Biblical Recorder, Campbell University, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Mars Hill University, Meredith College, NC Baptist Foundation, NC Baptist Men, NC Baptist Hospital and WMU NC.
Luncheon keynote speaker Michael Blackwell, president of Baptist Children’s Homes, encouraged those in attendance to be mindful of 1 Peter 3:15, which challenges believers to always be ready to share with others about hope in Jesus Christ.
“I see so many whose lives are anxious and discouraged and worn down. They are looking for something or someone,” he said. “People need believers to share with them the hope of the gospel and the love of Jesus.”
“This entire room is full of men and women with that kind of compassion and missionary spirit,” Blackwell said. “This world can do with a lot more passion. Let it begin now, in this very room.”
God has used Kim as a passionate missionary to make an eternal impact. He has used Kim to disciple church planters in several Asian people groups in North Carolina, allowing the BSCNC church planting team to then use these individuals to plant a second church in an area near where they pastored.
Kim graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree in religious education, and while attending Southeastern helped start four Korean churches in Virginia and North Carolina. After seminary Kim served several years as a Sunday School specialist for the BSCNC.
“I have appreciated the prayer life of this man as long as I have known him,” Hollifield said. “God has used this man to change the destiny of many because they have found a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Kim and his wife, Yang Ja, are members of RTP Global Mission Church in Cary. They have two children and four grandchildren.