Homecoming: Freed pastor returns to church in Canada

From CTV - August 13, 2017

Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim attended a Sunday morning service at the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., just a day after arriving in Canada following more than two years of imprisonment in North Korea.

I am happy, Lim said with a smile, thronged by euphoric parishioners and a crush of journalists as he entered the church, which he founded. I am proud to be Canadian.

Accused of plotting to overthrow North Koreas ruling regime, Lim was sentenced to a lifetime of hard labour in 2015. The pastor had travelled to North Korea more than a hundred times to lead humanitarian programs. His release came after a Canadian delegation travelled to Pyongyang earlier this week to negotiate his release. Lim, who was released on Wednesday, arrived in Canada on Saturday.

I am so grateful that God has allowed me to be here with everyone here today, Lim told his congregation in Korean, according to a translation of his prepared remarks that were provided to CTV News.

Lim thanked the prime minister and his team for helping secure his release as well as those who prayed for him.

It still feels like a dream, he said of his freedom. Truly, this is all by the grace of God.

In his address, Lim spoke of days of overwhelming loneliness.


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