Wonderful news from Open Doors UK & Ireland:
IMPRISONED CANADIAN CHURCH LEADER FREED
Amid escalating rhetoric between leaders in North Korea and the United States, there is good news for imprisoned Canadian-Korean church leader Heyun Soo Lim, who was released ‘on sick bail’ according to a North Korean state news agency yesterday.
As head pastor at the Light Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Lim had visited North Korea more than 100 times to distribute humanitarian aid. His church lost contact with him in January 2015. In February that same year, it transpired that he’d been detained. In December 2015, he was convicted of numerous charges, including an attempt to overthrow the government.
His release this week came on 9 August, one day after a special envoy of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, had arrived in Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, three Korean-Americans are detained in North Korea, two of whom taught at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology: Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song. A third, Kim Dong Chul, a South Korean-born businessman and naturalised US citizen, is serving a sentence of 10 years’ hard labour for ‘espionage’.
- Give thanks that Pastor Lim is now free; pray that he will make a full recovery
- For God’s courage to strengthen the remaining prisoners, and for a swift release for them
- For justice and mercy from the North Korean government to the tens of thousands of Christians in labour camps.
For more details about Pastor Lim’s release announced on 9 August 2017, click here.