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Australian missionary John Short has arrived in Beijing after being released by North Korean authorities.

Mr Short, 75, was arrested last Sunday, 16 February, for leaving Christian tracts in the Korean language at a Buddhist temple. His arrest became an international incident after it was revealed there had been fears he could spend the rest of his life in a prison or labour camp as punishment for distributing the literature.

North Korea’s state news agency, KCNA, said Mr Short had apologised and admitted to violating North Korean laws. It said North Korea had decided to expel him partly in consideration of his age.

Mr Short was flown to Beijing in neighbouring China after 15 days under arrest in Pyongyang and is expected to soon return to Hong Kong, where he and his wife now live and base their missionary work.

Thanking God for his release, Karen Short said the couple will return to South Australia soon as relatives there are planning celebrations. Sources: ABC News,

Prayer Points

  • Please join with us in thanking and praising the Lord for this outcome.
  • Pray the Lord will help John overcome his ordeal.
  • Pray for the thousands of prisoners in North Korea serving long sentences in labour camps for following Jesus.
  • Pray God will bring thorough change, freedom and complete transformation to North Korea.