“They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” —Isaiah 2:4
25 August 2015: Update
Our prayers have been answered! An agreement has been reached not only to defuse the recent tension between North and South Korea but also to move forward peacefully.
The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) has said, “this agreement would be a cornerstone through which the new era will open for true reconciliation and reunification in the Korean peninsula.”
The NCCK has also expressed their “heartfelt appreciation to all our partner churches around the world for their continuous concerns and prayers.”
Thank you for your continuing prayers for the Korean peninsula. A solid first step has been taken.
We are concerned as rhetoric in the on-going conflict between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea has been accompanied by military action.
Marking the 70th anniversary of the peninsula’s liberation earlier this year, both governments announced they would work for a new era of reconciliation and reunification. Instead we see spiraling militarization and armed conflict.
Responding to these alarming events the Reconciliation and Reunification Committee of the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) has held an emergency meeting. They are calling on “both Koreas to resolve the present crisis with peaceful means.”
As an immediate step in that process, they are asking the South Korean government to stop their propaganda broadcasts to the North, as “the North already expressed their willingness to peaceful approach as long as the South stops the broadcast.”
The broadcasts were re-started in retaliation for a landmine explosion that injured two South Korean soldiers on patrol. This has led to artillery fire, an escalation in rhetoric and a heightened level of military readiness.
The Korean peninsula has been divided by a Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) since the agreement of an armistice in 1953, which ended the Korean War without a peace treaty.
As we call for prayers for this situation, we wish to raise up a part of the “2015 Easter North-South Joint Prayer” from the NCCK:
Before we fault others,
Help us purify ourselves, as we are filled with hate, anger and violence
Grant us the inner courage to reflect back on our true past
Face the hidden truth
And reunite with those who suffered unrighteous death
Give our weak selves the Holy Spirit
Let us not give up on our pursuit for forgiveness, reconciliation and unification
Amidst the despairs of death, you have shown us great hope through resurrection
Bring the new life of resurrection to this dying land
Please join us in praying: