Australian John Short was detained inside North Korea after leaving gospel tracts near a Buddhist temple. He was facing years in prison–but he wasn’t afraid. “Fear and faith cannot exist within my heart at the same time,” he says.
Listen to the full interview on VOM Radio here
Korean-Canadian Pastor Lim Hyeon-soo has been in detention since February 2015 for entering the country to evangelise to the people of the hermit kingdom. The official charge has been committing “state subversive plots and activities” and, as a result of the charge, Mr Hyeon-soo has been sentenced to life in prison at hard labour.
He is but the most recent missionary/pastor to be detained and imprisoned by North Korea, a country which worships the regime’s founder Kim Il Sung as a deity.
In similar cases, the detained are forced into confessing whatever trumped up charges they are given. Occasionally, they are granted freedom for confession, but in Mr Lim’s case he will face life in prison.
Sources: Wall Street Journal, International Christian Concern
- Pray that God will intervene and provide a way for the quick and safe release of Pastor Lim. Ask the Lord to use Pastor Lim as a witness while he is in prison.
- Pray for God’s protection over Pastor Lim as he is detained and will most likely be harassed and threatened by the North Korean government for his faith.
- Remember to uphold to the Lord Pastor Lim’s family during this difficult time.
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