ICC Note: Today marks the one year anniversary of Kenneth Bae’s release from a North Korean labor camp. Bae is a Christian missionary who was imprisoned for two years in the hermit kingdom for his faith. One year ago today he was released after a secret trip was made by the director of national intelligence on his behalf. Since then he as been taking the time to spend plenty of time with his family and enjoy the finer things in life such as Dairy Queen. Bae intends to have his ordeal put into words and released in paperback May of 2016 detailing his struggles while also expressing how his faith kept him hopeful for the future.
11/09/2015 North Korea (KIROTV)- Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Kenneth Bae’s release from a detainment in North Korea. Bae, a Christian missionary, was in the detainment camp for two years. He was released after a secret trip to North Korea by the director of National Intelligence. Bae and his family declined to speak to media and say they are going to mark the anniversary quietly.
Below is a statement from Kenneth Bae’s sister, Terri Chung.“As we approach the one year anniversary of my brother Kenneth Bae being released from detainment in North Korea, I am amazed at how quickly this year has passed – and how much we appreciate his freedom. In the past year, I have shared many happy times with Kenneth as he has recovered from captivity.
One of his favorite things to do is enjoy good food with those he loves, including the more-than occasional treat at Dairy Queen with my two daughters. He has regained the weight that he lost while in the North Korean labor camp.
More than anything, my family is thankful – for each other, for God’s faithfulness, and for something we take for granted all-too-often: freedom. In the last year, Kenneth has spent time visiting with family and friends. In fact, he was able to informally be a tour guide once again, as he drove our parents and their friends around Hawaii during their vacation.
Probably the biggest news is that he has been working on a book this past year, reflecting on his Christian faith and his captivity for two years in North Korea. His book, Not Forgotten, is due to be released in May. God’s faithfulness in times of great despair has been something that has been on my mind since his release. When we received word a year ago that he may be released, it was at a moment of deep disappointment, when we felt that we truly had exhausted all options for bringing Kenneth home.
Thank God for this testimony!
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