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Why are NORTH and SOUTH Korea Such Opposites?

Wikipedia’s article on Korea opens with this description:  “… an East Asian country that is currently divided into two separate sovereign states, North Korea and South Korea.”

The two Koreas have much in common. They share the same ethnic and linguistic background. They share the same peninsula, the same relatively harsh climate and geography.

But while so basically similar, the two halves are dissimilar in outcomes.  That much is obvious. What may be less apparent is the reason for the contrast between these two nations. They are functioning from two very different “moral visions.”

Recently we published Scott Wisley’s post–Aid That Increases Poverty–about the impact of transformational development in Papua New Guinea. Today we bring you a similar picture about Korea from Luis Bush, the international facilitator of Transform World Connections based in Singapore.

Luis Bush, author of Two Korea paper
Luis Bush

Dr. Bush’s paper, Transformation from Poor to Blessed A Korean Case Study, comprises a wealth of insight into what accounts for the differences in the two Koreas. And what lessons accrue to all who profess to follow Jesus into the world.

Read it and reap.



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Gary is the Disciple Nations Alliance editorial manager. He manages Darrow Miller and Friends and serves as editor and co-writer on various book projects. For eight years Gary served as a cross-cultural church planting missionary among First Nations people of Canada. His career also includes 14 years as executive director of InterAct Ministries, an Oregon-based church-planting organization in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. Gary is a graduate of Grace University, earned an MA from Wheaton College and a Graduate Studies Diploma from Western Seminary. He lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife, Valerie. They have two married sons and twelve grandchildren. In addition to his work with the DNA, Gary serves as the pastor of Troutdale Community Church.