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Published March 7th 2017
Kenneth Bae had to believe he wasn't forgotten
Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea. Still on the best seller shelf.
Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea, by missionary Kenneth Bae, grips the reader right from the beginning. You'll find yourself empathising with that sinking feeling Bae experienced when two government officials suddenly approach him.
Taking tours through beautiful North Korea with his company Nations Tours, Bae has a love for the country. However, his missionary work involving prayer for that nation was not favoured by the government. Bae had forgotten to remove a hard drive from his luggage which had been searched at customs. All of his prayer activities were revealed on the hard drive. He knew they would be paying him a visit.
Chapter one sees Bae being taken away in a vehicle from the car park in the city of Rason and taken to the capital of Pyongyang. His respectful, measured responses to official questioning is extraordinary. His reflections and fears while in custody can be related to by anyone. Over time he needs to be reminded that he has not been forgotten by God.
Bae's sister Terri is greatly involved in raising awareness of his situation back home in America. As you may recall, eventually President Obama and Senator John Kerry take action to attempt to secure his release.
Sportsman Dennis Rodman ranted on CNN about the so-called crimes of Kenneth Bae, but this only served to heighten awareness. Watch the CNN interview and the rant. Kenneth Bae is an inspiration.
Not Forgotten is a rare insight into the world viewpoint of North Korea. Not Forgotten is a must-read for politicians, political analysts, Christians and all who are interested in human rights.