Bowling Green Korean Community Reflects on North Korea

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

 
"The church has tried to preach gospel in North Korea and the reason why, we love North Korea, so we have to, but they don't want to open their mind to South Korea or the United States," he says.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Every Sunday as the First Baptist Church in Bowling Green is holding services in English, some gather together to worship in their native language.

Rev. Gyeonghwan Kim moved to the United States from South Korea just ten years ago.

He reflects back on South Korea's involvement with North Korea.

"The church has tried to preach gospel in North Korea and the reason why, we love North Korea, so we have to, but they don't want to open their mind to South Korea or the United States," he says.

While North Korea is run by communism, and South Korea is a democracy, Rev. Kim says Korea is one.

"We have the same culture, even with the different thinking, different policies, or different country punction, Korea is only one nation," Rev. Kim says.

But, he says it was South Korea's involvement with the U.S. that ultimately turned the North away.

"South Korea and the United States have a good relationship. The U.S.A helped us along time ago, and they have a good friendship," Rev. Kim says.

"This is nothing new. This is North Korea dealing with the western countries to exert their powers so I think their bellicose redirect is always there, and that's not going to change," says Glasgow Doctor, Yoo Suh.

Dr. Suh moved to the United States from Korea when he was just 12 years old.

He remembers North Korea's need for power, and under Kim Jung Un's rule that hasn't changed.

"The new leader in North Korea is trying to establish his power, and solidify his regime in the most oppressed nation," Dr. Suh says.

Koreans agree, South Korea and North Korea will never become one again unless one gives into the other.

The Korean Church meets every Sunday at 11:30 at the First Baptist Church in Downtown Bowling Green.

About forty people attended the service this morning.


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