1 July 2015
I cannot believe these Christians would act as paid spies and carry forged currency!
Among other things Kim was accused of spreading “religious propaganda” from an “underground church” he ran in Dandong, which has a large ethnic Korean community and is a hub of both official and illicit cross-border trade.
In 2014 North Korea sentenced a South Korean missionary to hard labour for life on charges of espionage and setting up an underground church.
Although religious freedom is enshrined in the North Korean constitution it does not exist in practice and religious activity is severely restricted to officially recognised groups linked to the government.
Pyongyang views foreign missionaries as seditious elements intent on fomenting unrest and those who are caught engaging in any unauthorised activities in the North are subject to immediate arrest.
This month’s Prisoners of Faith Alert is an update on the prisoner profile for pastor Kim Kuk-gi. This ordained Presbyterian minister was recently sentenced to life imprisonment in a North Korean labour camp. When news of the sentence was made public Release’s partners in South Korea requested prayer for Brother Kim and his family.
Thank you for supporting and caring for Christians in prison. Be assured: your prayers bring comfort and encouragement to our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Please consider writing a simple card or letter of encouragement to Pastor Kim’s family (see attached pdf).
By praying for, supporting and writing to, and on behalf of, prisoners of faith you are fulfilling the biblical exhortation to ‘REMEMBER THOSE IN PRISON’ (Hebrews 13:3).