Magazine article The Christian Century

Hyeon Soo Lim

Magazine article The Christian Century

Hyeon Soo Lim

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Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian pastor imprisoned for more than two years in North Korea before being released last week, is now home and speaking about his ordeal.

"It's a miracle for me to be here today," he told congregants August 13 at Light Korean Presbyterian Church in the Toronto area, according to news reports.

The pastor, also known as Rim Hyon Su, had been accused of using religion as a ruse to overthrow the government. He was convicted of attempting to undermine the regime of Kim Jong-un; he was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2015 and forced to engage in hard labor.

Lim, 62, was freed on humanitarian grounds, state media reported August 9. He had written to his family members about stomach pains and high blood pressure, according to CNN.

"From the first day of my detainment until the day I was released, I ate 2,757 meals in isolation," he said in a statement released by the church. "But this isolation also gave me the opportunity to spend an extended time of solitude with God."

The South Korean-born pastor had pleaded guilty to trying to undermine the worship of Kim Jong-un, which is required of all North Koreans. …

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