A Blessed Cell


Returning to Darkness

Far off the busy South Korean streets, our small Heaven's Family team quietly sits opposite Hana, a North Korean escapee who met with us to tell her story. Hana absent-mindedly fidgets with the scarf around her neck as she sits awkwardly, visibly uncomfortable. The scarf is much too warm for this late-spring rendezvous, but very effective for covering her secret—a secret we are about to learn.

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Against All He’d Learned

Elias had no reason to have hope. His family had been trapped in a Syrian war zone, cut off from supplies and forced to eat leaves, twigs and grass to survive. Elias watched as bomb fragments tore through his oldest son's body, killing him.

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Breaking the Incommunicado

Living in silence. That's what life is like in North Korea. As the rest of the world advances leaps and bounds in communication technology, that silence is becoming increasingly stark. It remains a bit of a mystery how this 'Hermit Kingdom' can continue to severely limit the flow of information across its nonporous borders.

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A Light in the Darkness [Ben’s 3rd Blog from the Korean Peninsula]

Today I stood in front of a hero whose acts of courage most will never know. To hear Nari's story is rare outside of her inner circle. It's a circle of trusted people, and I have only been invited after years of building a relationship with her.

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Prisoner of War [Ben’s 2nd Blog from the Korean Peninsula]

Staring at the half-eaten breakfast sandwich on the table before me, I suddenly lost my appetite. It was my second morning on the ground in Seoul, Korea and our team had just received the news that one of our partners, Mr. L, had been captured. A report from the border indicated that someone fitting Mr. L.'s description had been captured by North Korean secret police and could possibly be facing death.

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