Cardiff International Church (CIC) is a multinational Family with members from many nations (e.g. 103 countries since 2008). CIC is a 1) Christ-centred, 2) Word-based, 3) Spirit-filled & led and 4) Missional church and is a part of the AC UK which was formed in 1916 as a result of the 1904 Welsh Revival.
WALES – KOREA: Mission & Revivals
There has been a strong spiritual and historical connection between Wales and Korea.
A young Welsh missionary Robert Jermain Thomas (1839 – 31 August 1866) was on board the USA ship ‘the General Sherman’ when it entered the Taedong River in Korea (North). The ship was subsequently attacked and burned by Korean soldiers and all were killed including Robert Jermain Thomas in 1866.
However, he had thrown Bibles into the river one of which was picked up by a local leader who used the pages as wallpaper. Over time he read the pages and became a Christian shortly followed by his family. Their home became a church and from this developed the 1907 Great Korean Revival.
The 1904 Welsh Revival also influenced the 1907 Great Korean Revival. A group of Christians in Korea were so moved by the news of the 1904 Welsh Revival that they began a prayer meeting that became the foundation of the 1907 Korean Revival. They learned the Welsh Revival prayer style (praying together loudly) and still follow the prayer style.
Photo (L): Evan John Roberts (8 June 1878 – 29 January 1951) who was an evangelist and leading figure of the 1904 – 1905 Welsh Revival.
THE BIRTH OF CIC
Pastor GJ Song with his family came over from S. Korea to Wales (UK) in 1999 to pursue postgraduate studies with the plan to teach at university afterwards. When he was about to start his PhD course, a number of N. Koreans came to him for help which led to CIC being planted in 2008.
The Lord brought S. Koreans (Ps GJ Song & his family) and N. Koreans, who were the spiritual fruit of Wales, to Cardiff to be reunited in launching CIC for His purpose in His way and time. (Photo: Opening Service 13/07/2008)
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
(Photos: Ps GJ Song’s Induction Service in 2009)
WHY CIC & WHAT WE DO
We have been called by God to be a channel of His love and blessings to all nations (Genesis 12:1-3). The Lord has taught us about His ownership and leadership of CIC and has proven to be absolutely faithful to us in every way on our journey.
We humbly learn from and support one another in unity as one Family in the love of God. We strive to be more like Jesus and also to be a healthy and balanced church (e.g. upward, inward & outward).
On our journey we continue to write Acts 29 to fulfill the Great Commission (Mt 28:18-20) by hoisting the sail with the wind of the Holy Spirit (e.g. Acts 16: 6-10), also closely working with evangelical networks locally and globally for shared mission.
WALES & KOREA – 150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
- 14-15 Sept 2016, Cardiff City Hall & St David’s Hall, Cardiff (organised by CIC)
- To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Welsh missionary Robert Jermain Thomas’ mission to Korea in 1866