By David Kim, Special to ASSIST News Service
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (ANS – Jan. 19, 2016) — Finnish pastors and a Christian writer visited Urim Books in Seoul, South Korea, on Jan 11, 2016.
The delegation consisted of Pastor Marti Falck, Deputy Managing Director of Heaven TV7, Pastor Markus Korhonen, Executive Director of Mission World Association, and PhD, Mrs. Sirpakibilaakso, author and researcher of children’s literature.
South Korea is ranked second among Organization of the Economic Cooperation and Development economies in terms of research and development investment in the information, communication and technology businesses, a 2012 report showed.
The OECD’s “Internet Economy Outlook 2012” showed that Korean companies in the ICT sectors invested 1.48 percent of the nation’s GDP in R&D, after Finland, which invests 1.62 percent of its GDP in ICT business R&D.
One of the growing trends in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) market is the e-book. The e-book market has drastically increased recently with the development of IT devices.
“Due to the development of ICT in Finland, the eBook can be a breakthrough in Finnish book industry,” said a member of the Finnish delegation.
An Urim Books spokesperson said, “Actually, Urim Books has translated and published in Finnish, paperbacks and eBooks since 2013.” The spokesperson went on to say, “The Finnish edition of the eBooks are available through Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play Books.”
Among the titles, the book “Spirit, Soul and Body” had the delegation’s attention while they toured the Urim Books office and showroom.
In the book, Dr. Lee writes that “We can stop not only typhoons but also other natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions or earthquakes if we utilize the spiritual space. We can just cover the source of volcano eruption or the earthquake with the space of God, and these things can be made possible when it is right according to the justice of God. For example, to stop a disaster that causes damage at a national level, the leader of the country is supposed to ask for the prayer.”
The Population of Finland is estimated at about 5.4 million, and approximately 4.1 million (or 75.3% at the end of 2013) Finns are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
Photo captions: 1). Mr. Ari Virtanen (right), Head of the Trade Center, Embassy of Finland in South Korea, holding Finnish editions of Rev. Dr. Jaerock Lee’s books (Dec, 2014). 2) The Finnish eBook, “Spirit Soul and Body”, shown on Amazon Kindle.
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