Escape from North Korea

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9780901644251: Escape from North Korea

Pil Soo Kim stood half-naked in the ice-cold Tumen river. Only thirty meters seperated him from China. He was shivering but he had to go on. His family was starving. There, on the other side of the freezing water, he could at least get some food. Many questions plagued him, 'Are the border police watching me at this moment through their binoculars? What if I'm caught? They will kill me. What will happen to Myung Hee and the children? They'll be locked up for two or three years, maybe seven. And what if they are unlucky? The firing squad!' At the same time, Pil Soo felt guilty. 'I am betraying my country. This is not allowed.' Danger was always present in crossing the border illegally. But there was no other way. This was his last resort. Escape From North Korea is a true story that gives a contemporary glimpse behind the walls of 'the Hermit Kingdom.' North Korea annually tops Open Doors' World Watch List of countries that restrict Christians in practicing or sharing their faith. The lives of Pil Soo Kim and his family help you understand why so many of North Korea's twenty million are engaged in the desperate quest for food, love and life. And you will meet those brave souls in China who risk everything to help North Korean refugees find the answers to their quest.

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Rev. Paul Estabrooks is a veteran foreign missionary with a deep concern for Christians in restricted countries. He has completed thirty years of ministry to Persecuted Christians with Open Doors. Paul is the author of four books and a number of booklets. One is a major training manual used around the world entitled STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM (SSTS). His latest volume is NIGHT OF A MILLION MIRACLES: The Inside Story of Project Pearl. Estabrooks joined Open Doors in 1979 as Research Manager for the Asia region. Open Doors is a non-profit non-denominational organization founded by Brother Andrew. It distributes Bibles, brings encouragement, training and other assistance to Christians living in areas where they are persecuted or are restricted in living out or sharing thier faith...encouraging them to reach out to others around them. Prior to joining Open Doors, Estabrooks - whose roots are in Maritime Eastern Canada - served eight years with the Far East Broadcasting Company in Manila, Philippines as head of Overseas Programming. It was during these years of considerable travel throughout Asia that he developed an awareness and concern for Christians in spiritual need in countries like China, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Burma. He was the project coordinator for Open Doors' Project Pearl - the delivery of one million Chinese Bibles (232 tons) on one night - June 18, 1981. He has also served Open Doors for three years as Southeast Asia Coordinator - based in Singapore - as well as Director for Canada for five years. As a representative of Open Doors, he has visited Christians in restricted countries as diverse as Cuba, Tibet, Iraq, China, Bhutan, Mongolia, Iran, India, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. He has shared his experiences of meeting Persecuted Christians with numerous audiences in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South and North America. Estabrooks graduated from Tyndale University College (LCBM - London, Ontario) in 1966 with a Bachelor of Theology degree. He later received a Bachelor and Master of Arts (with distinction) from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan majoring in Mass Communications. He and his wife, Dianne, have been married for forty-four years. They have three grown children, seven grandchildren., and make their home in London, Ontario, Canada.

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On behalf of the suffering Christians of North Korea, I ask you to continue to pray. Without prayer support they can't spread the gospel, can't find the strength to remain faithful and can't share Bibles. Without prayer the North Korea church can't survive. --Brother Petros, Open Doors co-worker, Korea

A heart-warming, heart-stopping, heart-rending glimpse into the world's most repressive society and the world's most persecuted Christian community. After reading this story, you will wake up every morning and thank God you do not live in North Korea, then drop to your knees and pray for those who do. --Ron Boyd MacMillan, author of Faith that Endures: The Essential Guide to the Persecuted Church Today, UK

For many years now we have heard about the very difficult situation of the Church in North Korea. It is so difficult to get in touch with them. That's why I am so thankful to the Lord and Paul Estabrooks for this very special book. My prayer is that it will encourage you 'to remember them in your prayers' (Hebrews 13:3). --Johan Companjen, President Emeritus, Open Doors International, Holland

A heart-warming, heart-stopping, heart-rending glimpse into the world's most repressive society and the world's most persecuted Christian community. After reading this story, you will wake up every morning and thank God you do not live in North Korea, then drop to your knees and pray for those who do. --Ron Boyd MacMillan, author of Faith that Endures: The Essential Guide to the Persecuted Church Today, UK

For many years now we have heard about the very difficult situation of the Church in North Korea. It is so difficult to get in touch with them. That's why I am so thankful to the Lord and Paul Estabrooks for this very special book. My prayer is that it will encourage you 'to remember them in your prayers' (Hebrews 13:3). --Johan Companjen, President Emeritus, Open Doors International, Holland

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