Dateline Sept. 28, 2007
Tragic Floods of
It is rare for westerners (or any
foreigners, for that matter) to travel to North Korea. The “hermit
kingdom” is, perhaps, the most isolated country in the world. This
last Stalinist nation on earth is famous for being part of the
so-called “Axis of Evil”, for its Orwellian control of its people,
for its history of famines and starvation, for its million-man army
and its defiant development of nuclear weapons which, at times, it
has threatened to us.
So, why would the Nelsons visit North
Korea for a third time during August 2007?
Norm explains, “We return because we
love the North Korean people, and because we have ways to assess
what Jesus Christ is doing in that suffering, officially atheistic
nation. After all, He is present there!”
On previous trips, Norm and Cher
delivered shipments of more than 3 million dollars worth of medical
supplies, visited devastated flood areas, distributed medicines to
ill-equipped hospitals and became the only foreigners ever to
perform sacred music with the choir of the country’s official
Protestant Church in Pyongyang.
Aided by CR
While the Nelsons and their most recent
delegation were in North Korea, the country was ravaged by
torrential rains which produced the worst flooding in 40 years.
During their visit the deluge killed more than 600 people, rendered
100,000 homeless and destroyed 8,000 public buildings, in addition
to wiping out roads and 25% of the country’s current agricultural
The delegation made a financial donation
to assist with flood relief, a contribution that surprised and
impressed North Korean officials.
Compassion Radio is launching a “Love
North Korea” project to send relief aid to flood victims through the
Korean Church Federation – the agency with whom Compassion Radio has
partnered in previous humanitarian outreaches.
You are invited – indeed, we urge you –
to contribute to this humanitarian project as a way to demonstrate
the compassion of Christ and His people toward these who are
suffering from this natural disaster.
To give to the “Love North Korea”