North Korea

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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has had extensive work in Korea for over a century of ministry and, in spite of the division of the country, has one mission specialist continuing to work in North Korea. Jungja Hong, serving at the invitation of the Korean Christian Federation, is an artist who uses her art to teach and communicate the gospel message to children and youth.

Korea has experienced severe food shortages since the early 1990s. Korean-American congregations of the PC(USA) have provided food aid to North Koreans, as has the PC(USA) through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. The PC(USA) has supported the Bongsoo Church’s orphanage with donations of grain, medicine and diapers, and because of the shortage of milk cows in North Korea, it supplies soy milk to supplement the diet of babies and children. It has also supplied tons of wheat flour to support production at the Bongsoo noodle factory.

Rev. Choon and Yen Hee Lim

Choon and Yen Hee Lim

Choon and Yen Hee Lim

The regional liaison for East Asia covers Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea. As of July 1, 2012, Choon Lim is filling this position. He provides support for partner churches, strengthens the work of mission personnel by providing guidance and pastoral care, and implements regional strategies. He has a special focus on North Korea, where people are hungering for food and for the good news of Jesus Christ.  He also works to help effect reconciliation between the two Koreas. Choon is supported in this ministry by his wife, Yen Hee.

Read more about their ministry on their profile page, which you can find here.

 

Partner organization

Korean Christian Federation (KCF)

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse
Presbytery of Los Ranchos
National Capital Presbytery
Presbytery of New Harmony
Seattle Presbytery
Sierra Mission Partnership (Nevada, Sacramento and Stockton presbyteries)

Choon and Yen Hee Lim; Choon is serving as World Mission’s regional liaison for East Asia

Write to Choon Lim (choon.lim@pcusa.org)
Write to  Yen Hee Lim (yenhee.lim@pcusa.org)

Mienda Uriarte, Area Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, mienda.uriarte@pcusa.org
Yesenia Ayala, Mission Specialist, yesenia.ayala@pcusa.org