World Vision’s Forgotten Founder

I have great respect and love for Dr. Kyung-Chik Han. But I take exception with David Swartz’s disturbing theory that he deserves equal credit with my father for World Vision’s founding. For 30 years, Bob Pierce traveled the world preaching the gospel. He also met hundreds of “heroes of the cross” who, like Dr. Han, were doing great things for God without sufficient funding. The first seeds of vision that grew into World Vision were planted in my father’s heart by missionaries in China, not Korea. He determined to help them, and if not for the Communist invasion, World Vision would probably have begun there. So when Swartz points out that Dad “plugged in” to something Dr. Han was doing to help refugees in Korea, he is right. My father founded World Vision to advocate and raise support for those working to bring hope to their own people in their own countries. Today, World Vision’s ministry model has changed, but it continues to honor my father’s vision by helping people help themselves through child sponsorship and community development.

I was deeply moved by this article. The fact that pastor Han was already on the ground engaging in important work among his people should be known. I wonder how many more stories like these are floating around.

There are so many “ ‘nobodies’ who paved the way for the ‘somebodies,’ ” as Chuck Swindoll says, referring to the five groups of unnamed heroes in Nehemiah’s story. God’s work can truly succeed only as the forgotten heroes faithfully do their part. It was the way Nehemiah’s wall got built!

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