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Former North Korean Propaganda Officer Now Spreads Message of Christ through Underground University

3/18/09 North Korea (ANS) Kim Sung Min, a former propaganda officer for the North Korean Army, is now fighting for the freedom and faith of his home country.

Seoul USA, a ministry based in Colorado Springs, invites local residents on April 2 to hear Mr. Kim’s dramatic story of escape from North Korea and discover the hope he sees in the new Underground University.

This “university” trains North Korean exiles to return to their homeland to serve and grow the North Korean church.

According to a news release from Seoul USA, once an ardent socialist, Mr. Kim became disillusioned when he saw the lack of freedom and opportunity in North Korea while serving in the military. After defecting, being arrested and escaping again, Mr. Kim began spreading a new message of hope.

“Mr. Kim’s eyes were opened to the modern-day Holocaust that was going on around him in North Korea, where Christianity is illegal and even failing to keep a portrait of Kim Jong-Il clean can mean being sent to a political prison camp,” said H.S. Foley, Executive Director of Seoul USA, speaking in a news release.

He added, “Like thousands of other North Koreans, he defected to China. But his newfound Christian faith compelled him to spread that message of hope to his fellow North Koreans. So, he became a prominent freedom fighter and advocate for religious freedom for North Korea.”

According to the new release, Mr. Kim founded Free North Korean Radio and is now leading another effort — training North Korean exiles through Underground University. Mr. Kim serves as Dean of the Underground University in Seoul, South Korea – a joint project of Seoul USA and The Voice of the Martyrs-Canada.

Mr. Kim will appear as the keynote speaker at the Seoul USA banquet on April 2 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

“This banquet is a unique opportunity for the people of Colorado to hear the life-changing story of Mr. Kim, learn about the persecution of North Korean Christians, and get involved in a radical underground movement designed to change North Korea from the inside out,” said Foley in the news release. “Everyone is invited to attend and bring family and friends.”