The High Cost of Escaping North Korea

01Jun

The High Cost of Escaping North Korea

Her husband's body floated in her arms, lifeless. Fearing for her own life, she allowed the frigid river current to coax him from her grasp. There was no time to watch his corpse float away. Just moments before, Mi Rae and her husband, Chin Ho [not their real names], were attempting a daring escape across the river separating North Korea from China. With the Chinese shoreline almost within reach, bullets fired from a North Korean border guard had abruptly ended Chin Ho's life. Hoping to avoid the same fate, Mi Rae desperately lunged towards the shore.

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01Jun

14 Kakuma Kids

Abraham Atem was just a boy when he arrived at Kakuma, a Swahili word meaning "nowhere," and also the name of the refugee camp in northwestern Kenya that would become his home. His parents had been massacred by northern Sudanese soldiers, two casualties among an eventual two million who would forfeit their lives in Sudan's civil war. Fleeing for his life along with thousands of other orphaned children who are now known as Sudan's "Lost Boys," Abraham walked more than 1,000 miles to reach safety in Kakuma. It was 1992.

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01Jun

Siang Goes Green

Siang Ngun is proud of what her hard work has accomplished, and she loves to show off the fruit of her labors, literally. Siang cultivates organically-grown guava fruit. Her secret to growing guava without pesticides? Siang ties immature fruit in small, quart-size plastic shopping bags, keeping out insects and birds.

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01Jun

The Ennoblement of a Secular Vocation

My calling to vocational ministry came not long after my conversion to Christ, during my freshman year at Penn State. That call was so compelling that I can remember wondering then how other Christians could consider a "secular" vocation to be an option for their life's work.

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