October 1st, 2015
“I realized that South Korea is not heaven” Story from Peter
I was invited to a summer camp of North Korean refugees last month. Over 30 refugees from North Korea came to South Korea with the great hope but found that South Korea is a very difficult place to settle. They had to face new environment and they do not know anyone and cannot find a place to work. Even though South Korean government has provided an apartment and monthly allowance to settle, they have to work for additional income and they have to make new friends. Because they were lonely, many started to attend church. What they have received is not what they have expected. Instead of receiving hope and comfort of the Lord from Christians, they received boxes of Ramen (Instant noodle) and money to support their living. They were treated as third class citizen. One participants said, “I realized that South Korea is not heaven”. They took great risk to cross the river and journeyed through China and South Asia countries with hope to come to heaven, South Korea.
These refugees began to understand that they did not come to heaven yet. They wanted to go home, North Korea. At the camp, I was to deliver the Word of God. Lord told me to bring a message that “For God so love the world, He gave His only Son, whosoever believe in Him, … shall have the everlasting life” Tears flowed as the Holy Spirit touched and comforted them with the Word. More than three hours of prayer continued. The Sprit witnessed to them and they committed their lives to Jesus, “Lord I give my life to you” They are ready to return home and tell their family, relative, and friends that South Korea is not heaven. They finally realized that heaven is where the Lord is. At the end, these refugees ask us to prepare them to go back to North Korea when unification between South and North Korea occurs and freedom is given in North Korea. They want to go back home to bring the Gospel message realizing that there is true freedom only through Jesus. Thus we added one more project on the board and your prayer is much needed for this new project for the refugees.
Isaac & Peter