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Government suing church?

The National Council of Churches in Korea asked for prayers and advocacy after it sent 172 tons of flour to starving North Koreans May 18.

South Korean Christians sent the flour through ELCA partner Amity Foundation in Nanjing, China, to be distributed by the North Korean Christian Federation.

Agence France-Presse reported on May 18 that the South Koreans were warned they could be punished if they shipped the food.

"The South Korean government is now angry with the NCCK and plans to sue, claiming the move violated the Law of Civilian Cooperation and Exchange between the North and the South," said NCCK affiliate Heawon Chae.

"The law forbids any contact with North Korea without government permission. ... But we will follow the order of Jesus Christ, to love our suffering neighbors."




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