1,25000 call for release of Canadian pastor imprisoned in N.Korea for his faith

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Rev. Hyeon So Lim, pastor of the 3000-member Light Presbyterian Church, Toronto

Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, who was born in South Korea and later migrated to Canada is being held in North Korea and sentenced to life of hard labour. 1,25000 have signed the petition calling for the release of the pastor.

Pastor of the 3000-member Light Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Canada went to North Korea in January 2015 for a mission trip whereupon, he lost all contact with his family and church members and was later found to be Korean government custody.

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Participants pray for Canadian Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim who is being held in North Korea during a joint multi-cultural prayer meeting at Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, December 20, 2015.

Korean government controlled media station stated Lim was guilty of committing anti-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea religious activities, conducting false propaganda among overseas Koreans and taking active part in operation of the U.S. a South Korean group to lure and abduct DPRK citizens.

Christians around the world pray for Canadian pastor’s release and safe return to his home in Canada. A petition posted to advocacy website change.org calls on Secretary General United Nation Ban Ki-Moon, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion to look into this matter and work for Lim’s release from North Korean prison. The petition reads, “The Canadian government and the United Nations need to take strong, affirmative action NOW. If there is political will, Pastor Lim can be rescued.”

In December last year, around 1000 people participated in a prayer vigil for the release of the pastor.