What I have heard about North Korea:
Survivors' stories. Painful captivity. Escapees.
Fighting for kernals of corn or anything to eat. The crushing of the human spirit. A name I want to put here, but it is too personal, too close to his mother's grief. Have you heard it? Remember it.
What I say about North Korea:
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.
What I think, hope, and believe:
The seeds planted in the ground long ago now spring forth.
Do you see them?
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
What I want to see:
A day when kids are learning history and they can't quite believe that North Korea was once like this because they have seen with their own eyes the crops blooming, blessing, harvesting. Because their pastor is from there or their best friend. Because the sun is beautiful in North Korea. Because everything grows there now. The absence of dragons. I want the kids in history classes to disbelieve these old stories because they just can't imagine it was ever like that.