North Korean Kyung-ja understood why the female guard interrogated her about her latest trip to China and about her daughter's defection to South Korea but couldn't grasp why the guard kept asking mysterious questions about something called "Christianity." As she drifted in and out of consciousness while being beaten, she heard her guard shouting words she had never heard in 56 years of living: "Bible," "God," "Jesus."
"I first learned about Christianity from my torturer while being tortured", Kyung-ja said. At the time of her arrest she had no belief system or concept of God, but now she had to know what made this Christianity so dangerous. After brutally beating Kyung-ja for 2 months, the guard realized she did not have any ties to Christians within North Korea. She then sent Kyung-ja, now a fragile 63 pounds, to a labor camp and Kyung-ja took her questions about Christianity with her. "Hey, what is God?" she asked a fellow prisoner. "What is the Bible?" "There is such a thing," the prisoner quietly replied. "There is a book, but do not ask. Shhh."
The prisoner's fear confirmed Kyung's suspicion that Christianity was a forbidden religion only prisoners had. For 6 months Kyung endured back breaking labor and inhumane conditions and she longed for freedom. Her husband had died and she didn't want to miss seeing her daughter who had defected to South Korea. She also wanted to get out so she could learn more about Christianity. Then, after 6 months of forced labor, Kyung was released. She thinks they released her because she told them the truth that she had left to feed her family. Her daughter raised money to help her defect to South Korea where she became a Christian and now she never misses a worship service and eagerly shares her testimony with others. She also disciples North Korean Christians and equips them to reach out to North Korean defectors with the gospel. "As I look back," Kyung said, "it is all God's grace."
Donna Scott, Stacey Bobbitt, Meina (Linnette's sister), Dave & Debbie Whitten's daughter, Sheralyn Boynton, Cephas & Billie Ann Goodman. Pray for our Pastor & wife, our teachers, and our West Oaks Academy. Also pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel.
DID YOU KNOW?
- --This Wednesday is Valentine's Day and next week on the 19th is President's Day.
- --Jewel Allen (Joyce's sister) visited the Goodman's, who are living now in Fairhope, Alabama at their daughter's.
- --So glad to have Brian, our violinist that has moved to Indiana, with us for the next 3 weeks. We all enjoy his playing with the band.
- --Did you know that a Swedish doctor, Jowan Osterlund has put tiny microchips, about the size of a grain of rice and encased in silicate glass in over 6,000 people's hands in the last 6 years. (Prophesy: Rev. 13:16-17). Osterlund is the CEO of a company in Sweden called Biohax International that specializes in biochips. We are certainly nearing the tribulation period but not before the rapture, PTL.
QUIPS AND QUOTES
- **Do your giving while you're living, so you're knowing where it's going.
- **People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
- **A judge is a man of great trials and many convictions.
- **No one knows of your honesty unless you give out some samples.
- **Confessing your sins is no substitute for forsaking them.
- **The man who expects to go to heaven must take the time to study the route that will get him there.
- **A family is the thing most needed in the American home today.
- **A word is the only thing you must keep after giving it to another.