Thursday, February 24, 2011

North Korean Christian to be released in China; sent back to North Korea; pray!

Kim Kyung Il
North Korean Christian Kim Kyung Il has been in prison for 10 years. Just a few days ago, VOM contacts received word that his sentence is expected to be commuted in March and he may be free in September.

Normally this would be cause for rejoicing, but as soon as Kim Kyung Il is released, he'll face deportation to North Korea. There, he will almost certainly be executed. Our contact writes, "The only hope he may have is a huge outpouring of public awareness on this issue, which might at least delay his execution once he's returned."

Friends are working frantically to help Kim Kyung Il, but it's not easy. Please pray with us for a solution, and take action by writing the Chinese Embassy officials in Canada today.
His Excellency Junsai Zhang
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
515 St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 5H3
Address for Kim Kyung Il
#104-1004 Mailbox Tiebei Prison
Changchun City
Jilin Province
People’s Republic of China
Kim Kyung Il’s story from

During early 1997, Kim Kyung Il and his brother crossed the border from North Korea into China. The following year he met a pastor, became a Christian and joined a Bible study group. Under the leadership of this pastor, Kyung Il served refugees from North Korea and started Bible studies in the Chengdoo region. He later became involved with sending refugees to South Korea.

Kyung Il was overseer of a safe house that discipled over 70 refugees. When a large number from the group were arrested by the Chinese police, he fled with some of the remaining refugees to the China-Mongolian border. He and his wife were captured, but the rest of the group continued their journey in the desert. Without their leader, they wandered for two days and finally crossed the border into Mongolia, where they reached the South Korean embassy and received passage to South Korea.

Kyung Il and his wife were sent back to North Korea and placed in prison. His pregnant wife was hit in the stomach with a stick, forcing an abortion. In the prison, many inmates knew Kim well, but they protected him by pretending not to know him. Thus, the authorities did not realize how involved he was with helping refugees escape from North Korea. He was released after serving only a short sentence. He remembers that those who protected his identity while in prison had asked him to work harder to let the world know about their situation.

Kim’s wife was released from prison shortly after the forced abortion. She escaped to South Korea with other family members. After his release, Kyung Il fled to China and worked at another safe house. He continued to disciple refugees and assisted them in escaping to South Korea.

In April 2002, Kyung Il was caught by the Chinese police. Since his arrest, he has been held in prison in China. He is scheduled to be sent back to North Korea when released from prison in China. All of his family now live in South Korea.

Please pray Kim Kyung Il will not be sent back to North Korea, where he will surely be executed.


  1. Thank you for offering us a chance to speak up for Kim Kyung Il. Hopefully, he will receive the same attention that Said Musa did.

  2. I have been praying for Kim every day for the last 3 or 4 years. Is there any news about him? Please, get in touch with me:

  3. My heart is heavy for Kim Kyung Il, I have been praying for him fervently and I will continue to do so. Please let me know of any news. Thank you, my email -


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