Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, the Canadian pastor who put in two years at hard work in a North Korea prison camp, received a joyous welcome home from his church on Sunday.
Rev. Lim told the crowd at Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ontario that it was a “miracle” for him to be there.
Mr. Lim, 62, was sentence to life in jail with hard work in December, 2015, for what the North Korean incomparable court regarded, “crimes against the state.”
On August 9th, Mr. Lim was free on “sick bail” after a Canadian delegation, drove by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security consultant, and visited the country to ask for his release.
Mr. Lim related that for over two years, he was forced to dig holes in the frozen ground, read North Korean propaganda, endured frostbite, isolation, hunger and severe loneliness.
“According to the article, waves of sobs and tears moved through the packed crowd at the evangelical church in Mississauga where Mr. Lim spoke at a service on Sunday afternoon”.
It was his first public appearance since his release. Mr. Lim told congregants that during the winter “the ground was frozen, the mud was so hard that it took two days to dig one hole. It was incredibly challenging. My fingers and toes were frostbitten.”
Mr. Lim called his release a “miracle” and said, “I always knew Canada was a very warm and compassionate nation, but through my ordeal I really began to grasp that very deeply.”
Congregants say their prayers were answered. “We’ve been waiting for this moment to come and he looks healthier than many of us expected.” It’s not yet known whether Mr. Lim will return to the pulpit at his home church in Canada.