FROM THE DESK OF: the Director of Communications
I've read articles about Libyan refugees trying to make it to Europe before. I've read about the corruption and violence they are fleeing. But today I saw pictures. I saw pictures of dead Libyan children washed ashore. I'm a new father and I cant see those children without thinking of my own. I really don't have the right words. That kind of horror is simply inaccessible to me. There's no way to tie this up with a bow. There's no lesson or call to action. Just lament.
How long O Lord?
For the Win[dow],
Bubby Bryan, DOC
VERSE OF THE WEEK: Psalm 22:14-16
"I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet..."
COUNTRY OF THE WEEK: North Korea
An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula. Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet-sponsored communist control. After failing in the Korean War (1950-53) to conquer the US-backed Republic of Korea (ROK) in the southern portion by force, North Korea (DPRK), under its founder President KIM Il Sung, adopted a policy of ostensible diplomatic and economic "self-reliance" as a check against outside influence. The DPRK demonized the US as the ultimate threat to its social system through state-funded propaganda, and molded political, economic, and military policies around the core ideological objective of eventual unification of Korea under Pyongyang's control. KIM Il Sung's son, KIM Jong Il, was officially designated as his father's successor in 1980, assuming a growing political and managerial role until the elder KIM's death in 1994. KIM Jong Un was publicly unveiled as his father's successor in 2010. Following KIM Jong Il's death in 2011, KIM Jong Un quickly assumed power and has now taken on most of his father's former titles and duties. After decades of economic mismanagement and resource misallocation, the DPRK since the mid-1990s has relied heavily on international aid to feed its population. The DPRK began to ease restrictions to allow semi-private markets, starting in 2002, but then sought to roll back the scale of economic reforms in 2005 and 2009. North Korea's history of regional military provocations; proliferation of military-related items; long-range missile development; WMD programs including tests of nuclear devices in 2006, 2009, and 2013; and massive conventional armed forces are of major concern to the international community. The regime in 2013 announced a new policy calling for the simultaneous development of its nuclear weapons program and its economy. (CIA World Factbook)
- Pray for Almighty God to deliver a nation long-enslaved by a brutal regime.
- Pray for the Church to persevere and multiply amid horrific persecution.
- Pray for Truth to reign and liberate the nation from the regime's indoctrination and lies.
- Pray for the Uttermost workers on the field.
- Pray for the US office.