Spread the word. Shout. Cry. Pray. Blog. Kneel, stand, and shout in solidarity. But don’t be silent. Love wins.
On July 19, 2007, 23 Korean Christian relief workers [16 women and 7 men] went to Afghanistan on a short term relief and mission trip. The majority of them were from Saemmul Presbyterian Church in Bundang, Korea [just south of Seou]. Thus far, two of the male hostages – Pastor Bae Hyung Kyu and Shim Seong Min – have been killed and two of the female hostages were recently released. After one month, 19 hostages still remain in captivity and their lives still remain uncertain.
While it is VERY clear that these individuals were Christians, it’s also very clear that their “mission” was to demonstrate the Gospel through care and compassion. People are making the mistake of assuming that this hostage situation took place BECAUSE of these Korean Christians. They have suddenly become culprits and ceased to be the victims of a grave human rights violation.
As this hostage situation enters its one month mark, let’s renew our commitment to pray and advocate for the remaining hostages. Spread the word. Shout. Cry. Pray. Blog. Kneel, stand, and shout in solidarity. But don’t be silent. Love wins.
Relevant Links and Reads: Daily Updates; Wikipedia Entry on Korean Hostages; Todd Kim’s Blog on Hostage Situation; Newsweek Exclusive: Taliban – Why we took the Koreans?; Love Letter from Husband to Wife ; Hostage Families’ Pleas to Taliban ; Families Unite and Pray for Hostages [Baptist Press]; Costly Commitment [blog]; Michelle Malkin – one of the few “visible” voices expressing outrage; Silence of the GodBlogosphere is Deafening; Avaaz.org Petition for Release of Hostages; Families Seek Solace and Comfort [NY Times]; Plight of the Families [JoongAng News]