Korean prayer team on a mission for Kirk

The prayer mission team with Martin's Memorial Church of Scotland minister, Rev Tommy MacNeil.

A prayer team from South Korea has landed in Stornoway on a mission to help bring continued success for Scotland's national church.

Yesterday at Martin's Memorial Church of Scotland, 11 members of the Korean Prayer Mission – from the South Korean Church – began a five day prayer mission in the town as an expression of deep gratitude for the work of UK missionaries who established Christianity there in the 19th Century.

Explaining the Scottish connection, Asia Secretary for the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland, Sandy Sneddon, said: "John Ross (1842-1915) was born in Balintore, Easter Ross and went to China as a missionary in 1872. A Gaelic speaker and gifted linguist with knowledge of 11 languages, he is fondly remembered by the Korean Christian community for translating the New Testament into Korean which was vital in the establishment and growth of the Korean Church. In the centenary year of the death of John Ross, we welcome Korean Christians to Scotland to pray for our church and country."

The team will be staying in Martin's Memorial Church to allow them to pray from midnight until 5am, with locals from the congregation planning to join them.

Tomorrow the guests to the island will be honoured with a Presbytery of Lewis Meal.

After the mission the team will gather back in London for a time of celebration, thanksgiving, and worship.

Martin's Memorial Church of Scotland minister, Rev Tommy MacNeil, will attend the gathering.

300 prayer missionaries are at 30 locations throughout the UK. This is the first time they have been dispatched to Scotland in the four years since the prayer operation has been running.

South Korea currently provides the world's second largest number of Christian missionaries, behind the United States. 29% of the population are Christians.