LiNK Review – More Than Kony

The recent viral video on YouTube intended to spark an intensive move to ferret out Joseph Kony and remove a sure threat to life in certain regions of Africa represents but one threat to hope-filled living in the world. Twenty-six year is a long time to roam, reign, and ravage. But, that is not nearly as long as people have suffered successive oppressive regimes north of the 38th parallel – North Korea.

It has been reported that any North Koreans caught fleeing the Country during the mourning period for the late Kim Jong Il will be met with public execution that may extend to entire families. Death on death. Seems like more of the same when father’s hand down their anti-human visions to their children.

We hosted Abbey Guy, as well as Zane and Kayla, with LiNK. We watched a documentary – The People’s Crisis. Dictators tend to have one up on roaming bands. They continue a system intended to privilege a few at the expense of the many. And, in this case the many suffer.

Abbey did a fine job hosting. We witnessed her heart for people and children suffering the consequences of poor adult decisions. During the Q & A she noted a particularly troublesome reality. The close borders between China and North Korea have produced a group of Chinese-Korean children who have citizenship in neither communist country. No “homeland.” Not wanted. What a tragedy.

These young “Nomads,” as they are self-described, travel for about 17 weeks showing the documentary, raising awareness, and soliciting support to help rescue North Korean refugees. It costs about $2500 to help one refugee find life beyond the borders of their homeland. On the one had this seems like quite a price. But, when you consider what hope and freedom mean that seems like such a small price.

On one other note. Over dinner Brad and I learned the group has trouble booking churches. They are not an explicitly Christian organization. Some of the reasons should be obvious. But, make no mistake these young people understand the larger story of the liberating love of God in Jesus. They are driven to find ways – even outside the Church- to do the very things those inside the Church should be all too willing to support.

Here’s to hoping they fill their slots in Colorado Springs. It would be a shame that in the Evangelical Mecca that is Colorado Springs, these three young Nomads will find doors closed by the very people who represent the highest ideal of liberating love.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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