Canada Freed Mississauga pastor will be back in church for Sunday service

02:05  13 august  2017
02:05  13 august  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

Senior Canadian officials in North Korea to seek release of jailed pastor

  Senior Canadian officials in North Korea to seek release of jailed pastor A Canadian government delegation is in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to discuss the case of imprisoned Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Tuesday. The delegation is reportedly led by Daniel Jean, national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.It’s the second time in about nine months that a Canadian envoy has been sent to Pyongyang to discuss the release of the 62-year-old senior pastor of the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga. The last delegation travelled to North Korea in late 2016.

On Sunday , Hyeon Soo Lim will return to the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga , which has wept, prayed and organized vigils for their pastor during the 2 ½ years he was detained in North Korea.

A Canadian pastor released from prison in North Korea this week is planning to attend a church service in Mississauga , Ont., on Sunday .


FILE - In this file image made from July 30, 2015, video, Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea. Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family. Stiernlof says he met Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said they discussed Lim's health and other matters, but refused to comment further. © (AP Photo) FILE - In this file image made from July 30, 2015, video, Canadian Hyeon Soo Lim speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea. Swedish Ambassador Torkel Stiernlof said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea has been allowed to meet with the ambassador in Pyongyang and telephone his family. Stiernlof says he met Lim for 40 minutes last week. He said they discussed Lim's health and other matters, but refused to comment further. On Saturday, Hyeon Soo Lim will be reunited with his family in Toronto.

And on Sunday, Lim will return to his church family — the congregation of the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, which has wept, prayed and organized vigils for their beloved senior pastor during the 2 ½ years he was detained in North Korea.

Canadian pastor freed in North Korea

  Canadian pastor freed in North Korea North Korea says it has released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for anti-state activities over health reasons. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said on its website Wednesday that Hyeon Soo Lim was released on ``sick bail'' following a decision by the country's Central Court.The news was announced after a delegation from the Canadian government went to Pyongyang to discuss Lim's case. Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church of Mississauga, Ont.

Lim is a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga . His colleague, Rev. Jang Bae, tells The Canadian Press in an email that Lim “ will be attending service this Sunday .” Sign In. Welcome back

Lim is a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga . His colleague, Rev. Jang Bae, tells The Canadian Press in an email that Lim “ will be attending service this Sunday .” Sign In. Welcome back

The reception for Lim is expected to pack the 2,000-seat facility where Lim used to preach weekly.

Lim’s family is requesting privacy but their reaction to his freedom was “relieved, grateful, excited and anxious to see him home,” according to church spokesperson Richard Ha.

Lim has been able to phone church colleagues, who say he is doing well.

“He is in good spirits,” said Jason Noh, an associate pastor at the Light Presbyterian Church.

In video footage taken Thursday by a Japanese television crew, Lim is on the tarmac of a U.S. military base in Fussa, Japan. His hair is shorn, he looks thinner but appears to be smiling and walking unaided with the Canadian delegation, led by Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser, Daniel Jean.

The delegation reportedly flew to Japan from Pyongyang after North Korea’s Central Court on Wednesday granted Lim “sick bail” on humanitarian grounds.

‘Relief and disbelief’ as Mississauga pastor’s ordeal ends in North Korea

  ‘Relief and disbelief’ as Mississauga pastor’s ordeal ends in North Korea Hyeon Soo Lim is free.After two and a half years of detention in North Korea, Lim — the senior pastor at the Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga — is heading home Thursday.The 62-year-old was expected to fly on a Canadian government charter directly from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to Ottawa, where he will reunite with his family. The Lims — who have not seen each other in person since the pastor’s detention in 2015 — will then travel to Toronto, where the family has a west-end home.Sen. Yonah Martin, deputy leader of the Conservatives in the Senate, is a friend of Lim’s.

Lim, the pastor at Mississauga ’s Light Korean Presbyterian Church , has been in custody for about 15 months. As it has done for nearly 15 months, the Sunday congregation will pray for the release of their beloved senior pastor , imprisoned in North Korea.

Lim is a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga . His colleague, Rev. Jang Bae, tells The Canadian Press in an email that Lim “ will be attending service this Sunday .” Sign In. Welcome back

The delegation did not head straight home. The group jetted to Guam for a layover, according to sources. The return flight path is not known but Lim was expected to be in Toronto by Saturday.

In January 2015, Lim was detained by North Korean authorities while on a charitable mission to the country’s northern region. Later that year, the pastor was convicted of attempting to subvert the authoritarian regime of Kim Jong Un and was sentenced to life in a labour camp.

Trudeau confirmed Lim’s freedom in a statement sent out by email at 1:13 a.m. Thursday. It read, in part: “The Government of Canada was actively engaged on Mr. Lim’s case at all levels. In particular, I want to thank Sweden, our protecting power in North Korea, for assisting us.”

The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang serves as Canada’s protecting power in North Korea because Ottawa does not have an embassy there. Swedish ambassador Torkel Stiernlöf was able to meet with Lim a few times and, with North Korean approval, delivered family letters and prescription medication to him. Lim has high blood pressure that requires medicine.

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Lim is a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga . His colleague, Rev. Jang Bae, tells The Canadian Press in an email that Lim “ will be attending service this Sunday .” Sign In. Welcome back

Lim is a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga . His colleague, Rev. Jang Bae, tells The Canadian Press in an email that Lim “ will be attending service this Sunday .” Sign In. Welcome back

On July 14, the North Korean state news agency reported that authorities had arranged a meeting between an unnamed Swedish embassy official and Lim “on the basis of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and in the humanitarian spirit.”

It has been reported that Lim was in poor health and had lost a lot of weight.

According to English-language reports citing the Korean Central News Agency article, Lim asked the Swedish diplomat in that July 14 meeting “to convey his request to the Canadian government for making active efforts to settle his issue.”

On Thursday, Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland wrote to thank her Swedish counterpart, Margot Wallstrom, on her Twitter account: “Thank you for your tremendous support, @MargotWallstrom. Canadians are so grateful for #Sweden’s long-standing, heartfelt friendship.”

In Toronto, it’s expected Lim’s wife, Geum, their son James, his wife and 10-month-old daughter will be waiting for him. James, 34, and his family live in the United States. Geum Lim has spent a good deal of time in Seoul during her husband’s detention and imprisonment.

All three Lims are natives of South Korea. The family immigrated to Canada, settling in Toronto, in 1986 when Lim had the opportunity to study at the University of Toronto’s Knox College.

‘I ate 2,757 meals in isolation’: Hyeon Soo Lim’s address to his church after more than 2 years in North Korean prison .
Released Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Sunday spoke in Korean to the congregation of the Light Presbyterian Chruch in Mississauga about how he survived his ordeal in a North Korean prison. In his remarks, he thanked the members of his church and the government for securing his release.

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