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  • Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts families

    August 17 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts families

    Before dawn on July 27, Southern Baptist United States Army Chaplain (Colonel) Samuel S. Lee, stepped onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft at Osan Air Base to lead prayer for crew members who were about to take off on a historic flight across the border to North Korea.

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  • North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

    May 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

    The release of three American Christians from North Korea is hopefully an early sign of Christian revival in the Asian nation, Paul Kim said. “It’s bigger than just releasing the three individuals,” said Kim, Asian American relations consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “I think there will be very exciting things happening.”

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  • Korea summit: historic, but human rights talk ‘absent’

    April 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Korea summit: historic, but human rights talk ‘absent’

    A historic meeting April 27 between the leaders of North and South Korea left religious liberty advocates optimistic about peace on the Korean Peninsula but pessimistic about the advance of human rights in the North.

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  • Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    January 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    The most dangerous countries for Christians, led again by North Korea, remain largely the same, according to the 2018 list compiled by a leading advocate for the persecuted church. Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List Jan. 10.

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  • North Korea missile launch leads Japan churches to pray

    August 31 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea missile launch leads Japan churches to pray

    Following a North Korean missile launch that triggered emergency sirens in Japan and government warnings to seek cover, Baptists in Japan are expressing trust in God and asking fellow believers for prayer. “Prayers are becoming very specific,” said Ben Howard, an associate pastor at Yokohama International Baptist Church.

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  • North Korea nuclear escalation spurs call to prayer

    August 10 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea nuclear escalation spurs call to prayer

    Amid escalating tension with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, evangelicals are calling for prayer and advocating wise use of America’s diplomatic and military capabilities. “It appears that the time for a diplomatic solution to curb North Korea’s increasing acts of aggression is quickly running out,” said former U.S. Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver.

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  • Christian persecution increases; North Korea still No. 1

    January 13 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian persecution increases; North Korea still No. 1

    North Korea ranks as the most dangerous country for Christians for the 16th consecutive time after a year in which the persecution of followers of Jesus continued to rise, according to a new report. Release of the annual World Watch List came as religious freedom advocates call for President-elect Trump to act to protect Christians overseas.

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  • North Korea threatens U.S. over new missile defense system

    July 22 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    North Korea threatens U.S. over new missile defense system

    North Korea is threatening the United States – again. The hermetically sealed nation vowed to sever its only diplomatic communication line and stage “powerful counter-action” over new sanctions on its leader and a planned missile detection system meant to prevent the totalitarian regime’s abuse of nuclear weaponry.

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  • Corker stands with SBC on North Korea

    September 16 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Corker stands with SBC on North Korea

    The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has expressed his agreement with a Southern Baptist Convention resolution’s condemnation of “religious persecution and human rights violations in North Korea.” SBC messengers “appeal[ed] to [dictator] Kim Jong Un and the government of North Korea ...

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  • North Korea pressured on human rights

    September 10 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea pressured on human rights

    Since the Southern Baptist Convention’s adoption of a resolution this summer on “religious persecution and human rights violations in North Korea,” the country has sent thousands of Christians to its political prison camps, estimated at 50,000-70,000 by Open Doors. The SBC resolution, meanwhile, notes that …

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  • ‘My heart continues to ache,’ Bae says

    November 11 2014 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘My heart continues to ache,’ Bae says

    Stepping onto American soil Nov. 8 for the first time in two years, Korean American missionary Kenneth Bae thanked supporters for their prayers during his two years’ of imprisonment in North Korea because of his faith in Jesus. North Korea also released Matthew Todd Miller, who was serving…

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  • North Korea releases American detainee

    October 23 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea releases American detainee

    American citizen, Jeffrey Fowle, who was detained in North Korea for nearly six months for allegedly leaving a Bible in a night club has been reunited with his family in Ohio. He was awaiting trial on charges of committing an anti-state crime before North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his release…

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  • Bae interviewed; Abedini’s release requested

    September 3 2014 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bae interviewed; Abedini’s release requested

    An American Christian being held captive in North Korea said in interviews with CNN and the Associated Press that his health is failing and asked the U.S. government to help secure his release. Kenneth Bae was one of three detained Americans in North Korea permitted to speak with U.S. media.

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  • N. Korea detainee’s family pleads for release

    August 19 2014 by Rachel Lynn Aldrich, WNS/Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The family of an American man detained in North Korea for “anti-state” crimes has apologized to the country and pleaded with officials to show mercy and release him, saying in a statement that they are desperate for him to return home.

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  • N. Korean ‘genocide’ warrants ‘red line’

    July 14 2014 by RikkiElizabeth Stinnette, WORLD News Service/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N. Korean ‘genocide’ warrants ‘red line’

    Shin Dong-Hyuk, known as the only person born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped, still bears the scars of his experience. He is the author of Escape from Camp 14. Shin’s testimony was heard by the United Nations, which recommended that North Korean government crimes be sent…

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