Who We Are
CIU's mission is to meet the training needs of underground church pastors in China and North Korea, not only by certification of courses taken but also, by providing real field training to the workers.
Reason for CIU
Our programs are for students from North Korea, China and other persecuted church leaders.
We are trying to help the persecuted church to keep the purity of faith and to build church leaders whowill keep theirfaith.
Through CIU, we can present to the world a new type of educational system that focuses on the real transformation of a student from the inside out to become more like Jesus.
CIU exists to train church leaders in North Korea and house church leaders in China on how to minister effectively to the local church in their communities and to make disciples in anticipation of Christ's Second Coming.
"The stone which the builders rejected
has become the chief corner stone.
This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous
in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord
has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Cornerstone International University (CIU) underscores our belief that Jesus is the cornerstone the builders of today’s China and North Korea have rejected. The enforced belief systems of today’s China and North Korea exclude the belief that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and Savior of mankind. In place of Christ the Cornerstone, the sinicization of China seeks to modify any belief system with Chinese influence while Juche, which means self-reliance follows Marxism for North Korea.
We reach out to every Chinese and North Korean person to say with the Word of God through the Apostle Peter: “And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious cornerstone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, this became the very cornerstone” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.” (1 Peter 2:4-8). However, the Bible makes very clear over and over again that Jesus Christ is that stone as he himself reminds us in His Word repeatedly while challenging any human being who will hear, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief cornerstone; This came about from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes?’” (See Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4:11 and 1 Peter 2:7).
For you Christians in China and North Korea of the twenty-first century know that Peter was writing to Christians in the first century who were also suffering persecution like you are today. They needed something more than the material things of this life in which to place their trust and on which to build their lives, and so do you. In these verses, the inspired Apostle Peter depicted Jesus as a stone that was rejected by men but chosen by God and could serve as a solid foundation for their faith and hope. Likewise, you servants of God in North Korea and China can also use this illustration as an encouragement toward building your faith and hope. Also, each of you living outside of North Korea and China can help us all to build our lives on the solid rock, the chief cornerstone, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and join with us in
prayer and, in any way you can, to support our brothers and sisters in these two nations. That is what Cornerstone International University is seeking to do. Join us on this mission.
As I am reflecting and writing this message, on my desk before me, is a replicated piece of cloth sent to a worker by a North Korean Christian who went back to North Korea after accepting Jesus in China. This cloth is written with a request for Bible study for an evangelized North Korean who will be sent to the workers. The Korean words on the cloth say: “Teacher Lim, I’m sending a student to you whom I secretly shared the gospel with.
Now she is a believer, and she shares the gospel to others with me. She is smart and can be trusted. Although knowing that her life will be at risk, she has made a decision to study the Bible. Please teach her well so she will become our coworker and become our family, Caution and care is needed since It is her first time going to China, and she is scared. As for me, I’ve arrived safely.” It is worth it all because Jesus is called a living stone in the Word of God. Though He was dead He is now alive. As we read in the inspired words of the Apostle John: “I am the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades” (Revelation 1:18). The reference to Jesus as a living stone, then, is related to the fact that He was raised fromthe dead. Jesus is the foundation stone. So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ and the blessings will come down.
Luis Bush, Chancellor
Cornerstone International University
Steering Committee of CIU
CIU Steering Committee Overview
The Steering Committee is composed of influential stakeholders who use their position and influence to help the CIU Director (Project Manager) to overcome many obstacles before them. They provide guidance on key issues such as policy, objectives, budgetary control strategy and resource allocation.
The CIU Steering Committee Purpose
It provides support, guidance and oversight of progress in relation to the mission of CIU.