American Missionary Detained In North Korea Inspired By Biography (BosNewsLife Investigation)

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_korea_Robert_Park_26dec09_eng_480SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A young American missionary, who has reportedly been detained for illegally entering North Korea on Christmas Day, was inspired to go there by a biography about the "first Christian martyr" of present day North Korea, suggested an e-mail obtained by BosNewsLife Sunday, December 27.

BREAKING NEWS: US Missionary Enters North Korea With Appeal For Leader

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos 4_61_122609_ParkSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A 28-year-old American Christian missionary has entered North Korea to urge leader Kim Jong Il to repent and release political prisoners and others persecuted for their faith, fellow activists said Saturday December 26.

Churches Pray For North Korea After Gospel Groups Visit Isolated Nation

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Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with BosNewsLife Asia Service ilSEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- Churches around the world were to participate in the International Day of Prayer for North Korea Monday, April 27, shortly after two American Christian bands received awards for their performance in the isolated nation, organizers said.

China Urged Not To Repatriate North Korean Defectors

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos BEIJING/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- Christian rights activists have urged China not to forcibly repatriate ten North Korean defectors, including a four-year-old child, who were detained by police in Shenyang city.

Pope Francis Korea Visit Highlights Christian Persecution

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service north-korean-christians-during-a-prayer-meetingSEOUL, KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A five-day visit by Pope Francis to South Korea has highlighted the plight of persecuted Christians in the region, including two detained Americans and a South Korean, who have been held in neighboring North Korea for their Christian activities, activists said.

Christian Broadcaster Smuggles Radio’s To North Korea

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BARNEVELD, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- International Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR) confirmed Friday, November 7, that it has secretly distributed thousands of radio receivers in North Korea, one of the world's most isolated Communist nations.

Concerns Over US Missionary Serving 15 Years In North Korea

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife kenneth-bae-detained-american-in-north-koreaPYONGYANG/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- There was concern Thursday, May 30, over the whereabouts of an American evangelical missionary after North Korea confirmed it had sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for alleged "hostile acts" against the Communist-run isolated state. Pae Jun-ho, known in the U.S. as Kenneth Bae, was tried on April 30, the state news agency KCNA said.

NEWS ALERT: North Korea Leader’s Ex-Girlfriend Executed Amid Bibles Discovery

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with additional reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos girlfriendSEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- The ex-girlfriend of North Korea's autocratic leader Kim Jong-un and nearly a dozen others have reportedly been executed after some of those detained were found to have Bibles in their possession.

North Korean Christians – Shining As Purified Gold (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist Martin RothSEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife Columns)-- For the 12th straight year the Open Doors organization has ranked North Korea as the country in which the persecution of Christians is most severe. Its annual World Watch List, released in December, notes that an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 North Korean Christians are imprisoned in labor camps.

NEWS ALERT: China Detains North Korean Defector For Helping American Missionary

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service ALeqM5gxKg4t6H-8EcP_Kt-fDm-VeY6tqgSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A North Korean defector has been detained in China for helping an American missionary cross into North Korea, Korean media said Sunday, January 17, citing Free North Korea Radio.