The Canadian government has confirmed missing pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, 60, who entered North Korea in January on a humanitarian mission is being detained there.
According to the pastor’s family, North Korea has alerted the Canadian government it is holding Lim.
Though it is uncertain when he was jailed, the pastor of the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, a city located next to Toronto, Canada, last spoke to a parishioner January 31 and was scheduled to leave Feb. 4.
Lim reportedly traveled to the northern region of Rajin to check on the facilities of an orphanage, school and nursing home the church runs there.
Another of the church’s pastors, Lisa Pak, told CBC News Toronto that The Light has operated in the area since 1996 when North Korea faced famine. She noted that Lim understood the risk of traveling to the area but had chosen to do so over 100 times throughout the years. Pak told the Toronto Star it was Lim who led the church to launch humanitarian missions to North Korea.
‘We know what North Korea is. They’re a very secretive nation and there are certain concerns there when you do travel. I know it’s not routine for a lot of average travellers, but for him it was,” Pak said.
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SOURCE: Christian Examiner
Vanessa Garcia Rodriguez