Pastor Eric Foley and Dr. Foley recently preached at the Saemoonan Church, the oldest Presbyterian church in South Korea. He said that North Korean defectors receive money, housing, help with their health care, job training and educational assistance when they move to South Korea. And yet North Korean defectors living in South Korea have the highest rate of death due to suicide in the world. Pastor Foley said that the reason for this is that North Korean defectors are lonely. In Isaiah 58:1-12 , God instructs people to “share their bread,” and “open their homes,” and this is different than giving away food or providing housing. In North Korean ministry it is vitally important that we build relationships and share our own lives, instead of just providing assistance.
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