Lee Yeon Soo’s Destiny: Part 1
08/06/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Lee Yeon Soo grew up learning Juche in North Korea. It was a man-centric ideology, the backbone of the Kim dynasty. While the idea sounded appealing (“Man controls his own destiny”), it was just another tool to control the people of North Korea. Lee was taught to worship Kim Jung Un as her sole provider and protector. To Lee and her family, the Workers’ Party of Korea was everything. Kim Jung Un was a god.
Lee’s world began to crumble when the state failed her. She lived comfortably with her parents until the 90s, when the Korean economy collapsed after the Soviet Union cut off aid to North Korea. A massive economic downturn led to a great famine that resulted in the deaths of more than a million people.
By God’s grace, her family survived, and Lee met the real God. In the early 2000s, Chinese merchants came to Lee’s town to trade. A Korean-Chinese missionary was visiting relatives in North Korea at the time and shared the Gospel with Lee.
She was puzzled at first, having been taught that Kim Il Sung was god and that missionaries from Western countries were cruel and even killed people. But the more she learned about Christianity, the less she believed the stories she heard. South Korea also intrigued her. It was a country that was experiencing spiritual revival – bringing hundreds of thousands to Christ and blessings to the country.
Lee wrote down the Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer as the foundation of her faith, since the missionary was only able to explain the basic doctrine of Christianity to her. She learned how to pray, and the missionary told her to trust Jesus Christ. She liked being able to bring her concerns to the God of the universe.
When Lee’s brother caught her praying one day, her family tried to intervene in her faith. They were terrified that she may be discovered by the government. Though Lee had no reason to flee North Korea, she wanted to be able to worship God freely and see the world outside of her country — especially South Korea.
Stay tuned for Part 2, coming tomorrow.
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