Since 1989, exchange students have somehow found themselves at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. In one way or another, God led them to a small campus ministry called YICF (Yonsei International Christian Fellowship). In 2008, a Korean Campus Crusade for Christ staff, Christian Lee, took over leadership of YICF and began to see many students’ lives dramatically transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Christian Lee and his wife, Erin Lee, became the lead pastors of New Philadelphia Church, then Pastor Erin took over leadership of YICF under a new name: Emmaus Campus Ministry.
Semester after semester, students find themselves walking down their Emmaus Roads. Roads of discouragement, despair, disillusionment. They then find themselves encountering the reality of Jesus Christ. The power of Christ on the cross is made known to them. The Scriptures are explained to them and their eyes are opened. The Holy Spirit begins to fill, transform and empower them. Their hearts begin to burn within them and they are never the same again. These same students return back to their ‘Jerusalems’ (homes) set on fire, with a message burning on their hearts that Christ is real and that He changes lives.
In 2012, Emmaus Yonsei began to see so much increase that Pastor Erin sent out the first campus plant to Seoul National University. In 2013, Emmaus launched a new chapter at Korea University. Soon we will see a mighty revival on the college campuses of this nation and we will see a generation set on fire for the Kingdom.
we believe we were made for more.
we believe this generation is yearning for the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.
we believe this revelation sets hearts on fire.
we believe this burning generation will transform nations.
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
The aim of Emmaus is to walk alongside students on their spiritual journey and set them up for an eye-opening and life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ, then to send them back to their Jerusalems (homes) set on fire and as carriers of revival, just like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13).