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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bible in bathroom bin leads to arrest

Chongjin  (Photo by Raymond K. Cunningham)
Those who follow the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) in North Korea may quickly find themselves being hauled off to prison.

James Pearson of Reuters reports that “American tourist Jeffrey Fowle was arrested by North Korean authorities for leaving a bible under a bin in the toilet at a club for foreign sailors…”  This incident occurred in Chongjin, one of North Korea’s most stringent cities.

The English-Korean bible had been discovered by a cleaner who then alerted the authorities.  Because Fowle had left his name, phone number and photograph inside the bible, he was easy to trace as he later stepped through airport customs.

Although Fowle had first stated that this bible had accidentally slipped from his pocket, he later admitted to deliberately leaving it in the bin for “someone to read.”

Pearson explains that North Korea “is ranked as one of the world’s most oppressive regimes” in terms of religious freedom.


Copyright August 3, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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