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It is most wonderful church that
provides practical services for
the Korean community with
sacrificial love for new immigrants.
Seunghae Yu, newly baptized female church member
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  CHURCH (click link for website)  
  Evergreen Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
 
  LOCATION (click link for demographic summary)  
  Arlington Heights, IL 60005  
  CONGREGATION SIZE  
  101-150  
  REGIONAL BODY (click link for website)  
  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
in Illinois and Wisconsin
 
  FEATURED RESOURCE (click link to learn more)  
  FirstView  
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  The Business of Faith  
  MINISTRY SUMMARY
 
New Korean Church
 
Pastor used FirstView to help identify area for church start
 
Focus on evangelism and meeting needs of unchurched Korean immigrants
 
High commitment to prayer
 
High commitment to community
 
     
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A model church for Korean immigrants transforms a Chicago suburb, bringing down the unemployment rate while raising up disciples who are giving back to the community—and their congregation—even more than they were given.
For Evergreen Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arlington Heights, evangelism is a pressing business. Two years ago, 43-year old Choonja Choi, a recent immigrant from South Korea, stopped by a local dry cleaning business in Arlington Heights, Illinois, in hopes of finding some desperately needed work. Sookja Roh, the owner of the dry cleaners and a pastor's wife, not only gave this mother of three a job, she also provided the training needed for her to start her own dry cleaning business. That chance encounter at the cleaning counter would soon turn Choonja into much more than a successful business owner. Within months, Sooka's husband, the Reverend John D. Roh of Evergreen Christian Church, would extol Choonja as "number one evangelist in our church." Pretty amazing when you consider that up until that time Choonja had never even been inside a church, much less professed faith in Jesus Christ.

Korean-Americans who are already established and successful have a strong desire to turn around and help their fellow immigrants adjust to life in America. And, in close-knit Korean communities like the one in Arlington Heights, Christian leaders like John and Sooka Roh are putting into practice an old fashioned idea: the most effective way to ensure the eternal security of new immigrants is to first help them develop the skills that will affect their temporal security.

It's a practice that seems to be working. Evergreen Christian Church is not only growing—over 70 percent of their congregation is now comprised of "Korean Christians formerly known as unbelievers."

-Jenni Keast
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