Awareness can not be underestimated. One of my goals in life is to raise awareness and then see if and how people respond. I can’t control that response but I can work towards raising awareness.
There are certainly many issues but one that is still hidden to much of the consciousness of the larger world is the grave suffering and injustices in North Korea. And yes, it is close to my heart because North Korea is where my ancestors are from.
The special screening of the film – CROSSING – co-sponsored by Q Cafe and Quest Church on Monday, May 4 @ 7pm. Every person that I know that have seen the film says it is incredible. It was considered for an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2009 and stars an actor I respect immensely – Cha In Pyo – not just for his talent but for his compelling altruism and humanitarian efforts. Tickets are ONLY $5 and $3/students but if you can’t afford it for whatever reason, I will comp your ticket. ALL proceeeds go to support the work compassion and justice in North Korea. You can buy the tickets here. We are partnering with Liberty in North Korean [LiNK]. They will also be present at the film screening to introduce the film and conduct some Q/A.
Here’s the 2 minute trailer:
And a brief synoposis of the film:
Yong-soo lives in a small coal-mine village in North Korea with his wife and young son. Although living in extreme poverty, the family is happy just to be with each other. Then one day, Yong-soo’s pregnant wife becomes critically ill. Let alone medicine, Yong-soo can’t even find food for her in North Korea. So he secretly crosses the borders of China hoping to find the medicine for his wife. After many life threatening moments in China, Yong-soo is forced into South Korea, becoming an unwanted refugee prohibited to return to his family. Meanwhile, his wife passes away leaving their young son alone in desperation. With no one to turn to, his young son sets out to find his father not knowing where or how to find him.
We are partnering with Liberty in North Korean [LiNK]. They will also be present at the film screening to introduce the film and conduct some Q/A.
For those that don’t know, my great grandfather was one of the first christians in a village nearby Pyongyang. God’s grace was poured over his entire family but they experienced intense persecution because of their faith. As a result of the persecution, his family “escaped” with his entire family from what it now known to the world as North Korea. My father was five during this time and the stories he shares don’t seem real. Not everyone in his family survived that journey southward that one chaotic night.
NK as some may know is one of the most isolated nations and subsequently, some of the gravest human rights violations and suffering go unnoticed – including approximately 200,000 Christians that are in prison labor camps simply because of their faith in Christ.
Some day, I will return to North Korea. Some day, I will return to the birthplace of my ancestors; the birthplace of my father and mother. We still have family in North Korea…that is, if they are still alive. We do not know. Some day, I will return with my wife and children to not only proclaim and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ but the good news of human dignity that must be afforded to all people. 13 years ago, I climbed Mt. Baekdusan at the border of China and North Korea and prayed for an opportunity some day to return home. I echo that prayer again.
Some day, I will return to Korea but for now, I must pray and raise awareness. Please join me.
And while you pray, please keep Euna Lee and Laura Ling in your prayers as these American journalists were detained by North Korea couple days ago and are still in holding.
For those that are interested in helping me spread the word in the larger Seattle area, I have several promotional materials. Please let a comment here and I’ll forward them your way.