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August 31, 2009

Korean Democracy

Earlier this month, Kim Dae Jung, former president of South Korea, passed away. He is most remembered for his efforts to promote peace between North and South Korea, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize. But in his earlier days, Kim Dae Jung was an enemy of the state. In the 1960s and 70s Korea was ruled by military dictators, and Kim Dae Jung spoke out for democracy. He and other dissidents got help from an unlikely source, foreign missionaries.

These missionaries went to Korea to spread the word of God. But many found themselves fighting the government oppression they witnessed. Gene Matthews was raised in a small town in Iowa. Gene thought he'd grow up to be a farmer. But he felt a calling to serve. Dick talks to Gene about smuggling documents, ministering to victims of torture, and finally, being invited back to South Korea as a hero.

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