BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Missionary Enters North Korea With Appeal For Leader

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By Worthy News Chief International Correspondent Stefan J. Bos
SEOUL, KOREA (Worthy News)-- A 29-year-old American Christian missionary has entered North Korea to urgeleader Kim Jong Il to repent and release political prisoners and others persecuted for their faith, fellow activists said Saturday December 26.
Robert Park crossed into North Korea from China late Friday, December 25, carrying a letter urging the North Korean leader to release political prisoners, including Christians, shut down "the concentration camps" where they are held, and open the borders to allow aid teams to enter.
South Korea and Western governments say North Korea maintains a network of political prisons. Park was quoted by activists who went with him to the border as shouting when he went across: "While crossingthe frozen river in a snowstorm, Park shouted loud, saying 'I'm a US citizen, I came here to proclaim God's love'.
"But all were silent on the other side of the river. We assume he was arrested by North Korean border guards there. But we don't know about his fate," an activist said on condition of anonymity.
"CHRISTIAN DUTY"
The activists asked not to be named due to security concerns. A video was to be released shortly. Park told reporters earlier this week in Seoul that he saw it as his duty as a Christian to make the journeyand did not want the U.S. government to try to free him.
"I don't want President Obama to come and pay to get me out. But I want the North Korean people to be free," he said. A colleague said Park, a Korean-American, is a member of an international campaign called "Freedom and Life for AllNorth Koreans."
There has been no response from the North about the crossing.American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, of the U.S. media outlet Current TV, were arrested in March after accidentally crossing into the North while working on a story.
They were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, but were freed as part of a diplomatic mission led by former U.S.President Bill Clinton in August.
MANY DETAINED
Netherlands-based Open Doors International, a respected rights group investigating reports of persecution of Christians, has told Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife in recent years that as many as over one million people may be held in "concentration camps", which include several punishment camps for political prisoners and dozens of forced labor camps.
"It's possible that the number of prisoners are well over one million," said the Open Doors' North Koreadirector who identified himself only as 'Brother Simon' amid security concerns.
"Many camps are so hugethat they can't be spotted on satellite images," he explained at the time. "The camps are complete villages."Despite the pressure, there are hunderds of thousands of Christians in North Korea, according to Open Doors estimates.
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2 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Missionary Enters North Korea With Appeal For Leader

  1. Praying!

    "And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
    And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
    And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
    And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
    And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
    And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
    And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
    And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
    And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
    And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
    And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
    And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
    And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
    Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
    Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
    And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God." 1 Kings 18:24-39

    Praise His Holy Name~!

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