The Korean Pentecost and the Sufferings which Followed (Blair & Hunt)

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In 1977 the Trust published this remarkable account of the first 60 years or so of the modern church in Korea (mainly North Korea). William Blair (1876–1970), in his first term of missionary service, was at the centre of the great revival of 1907, and his account of this and the events leading up to it forms the first part of the book. Blair includes a thrilling description of how the gospel first came to Korea.

The account is then taken up by his son-in-law, Bruce Hunt (1903–92)—born in Pyengyang, now the capital of North Korea—who shows how the revival was followed by a baptism of suffering under the Japanese and Communists. During his forty-eight years of missionary service in Korea, Hunt personally knew many of the Korean Christian martyrs.

This new edition of The Korean Pentecost has been completely re-typeset, and includes twelve additional illustrations.


Table of Contents:

PART 1 - The Korean Pentecost and Other Experiences

Introduction by Bruce F. Hunt

1.First Impressions

2. Korea’s Preparation for the Gospel

3. How the Gospel Came to North Korea

4. Pyengyang

5. Beginning to Preach

6. Caring for the Churches

7. Anju

8. The Church’s Testing

9. The Pyengyang Class

10. The Korean Pentecost

11. The Results

PART 2 - The Sufferings of the Korean Church

12. The Background to the Sufferings During Japanese Occupation, 1910–1945

13. Five of the Faithful unto Death

14. The Witness of Evangelist Kim Yoonsup

15. The Struggle with Communism

16. Three Martyrs: Sohn Yangoon and His Two Sons



In August 1901, William Blair (1876–1970), and his wife Edith became missionaries to Korea under the Presbyterian Board of Missions and served in Pyongyang, Korea (now in North Korea) for 40 years. During his first term of missionary service, William Blair was at the center of the great revival of 1907. After his retirement in 1947 from missionary work, William Blair served as a minister in several Presbyterian churches in the U.S.