Korean Christians Hopeful after Trump-Kim Meeting

Date:

Christians in Korea welcomed the first summit meeting between the United States and North Korea. On June 12, 2018, US President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore and talked about the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

President Trump disclosed that the issue of Christians in North Korea was briefly discussed and he hopes that good changes will be seen in the future, reports British magazine Keep The Faith.

I hope that if there is economic advancement it will pave the way for more freedom for the people of North Korea, freedom of thought, opportunity and religion. — John Choi, North Korea defector

North Korea defector John Choi (an alias) is a Christian and human rights advocate living in the United Kingdom. He is hopeful that the historic meeting between the two leaders will give way to freedom for North Koreans. “I hope that if there is economic advancement it will pave the way for more freedom for the people of North Korea, freedom of thought, opportunity and religion.”

Choi noted that President Trump focused on denuclearization and not much about the human rights of North Koreans, but he claimed that the talk was a step in the right direction. He said, “President Trump said that the human rights issues are a continuing process. I am glad it is now on the agenda. But Kim Jong-un has to be committed to it too.”

The two heads of state signed a joint statement committing to build “a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.”

Meantime, South Korean churches are elated following the Trump-Kim meeting, calling it “a surprise and a joy,” reports The Christian Messenger.

South Korean Archbishop Kim Hee-Jung of Gwangju said obtaining peace is an ongoing process and shouldn’t be rushed. He said, “Peace is never attained once and for all, but must be built up ceaselessly.”

Another church leader said the summit meeting is a long-awaited moment for Korean people. “It marks the beginning of a still long and arduous journey, but we are hopeful because the start has been very positive, very good.”

Sources:
Keep The Faith
The Christian Messenger

Joyce Dimaculangan
Joyce Dimaculangan
Joyce has more than 15 years experience writing news, industry articles and blogs for the private and public sectors. Most of her career was spent writing technical documentation for a software company in the Philippines. She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts with a concentration in writing from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. During her leisure time, Joyce pursues her interest in reading fiction and playing with her dogs. She can be contacted at Joyce@onechristianvoice.com.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be the first to know what's happening in the Christian community

spot_imgspot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

Christian Groups Condemn Same-Sex Marriage Bill

More than 80 Christian groups in the US condemned the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. In a letter signed by 83 faith-based groups, it called the Senate to oppose the said bill which they claim is an attack on people of faith.

Ukrainian Kids Attend Bible Camps in Hungary

Ukrainian refugee children have enjoyed Bible camp despite being away from their homeland.

Bible Distribution Grew Despite Pandemic

The United Bible Societies (UBS) announced that around 32.6 million copies of the Bible were distributed in 2021, a 5.5% increase compared to the previous year.

Over 3,000 People Accept Jesus at UK Christian Festival

Festival Manchester, the largest Christian mission in the North West of England, attracted 65,000 people, with more that 3,000 Brits responding to the call of Christ.