With the 2018 Winter Olympics shining the spotlight on North and South Korea, pastors David Platt and Kevin DeYoung have lent their voices to the fight to bring home the three American citizens being held as prisoners in North Korea. See the powerful video they shared at the end of this article.
Just miles from where the Olympics are being held, this son’s dad is detained in #NorthKorea. Please listen to this video, pray, spread the word, and contact Congress regarding his release. https://t.co/19sX4nDo9C #USA3 https://t.co/U2z0Vb4wRK— David Platt (@plattdavid) February 9, 2018
Worth two minutes to watch and pray. https://t.co/BVtWnWDDDo— Kevin DeYoung (@RevKevDeYoung) February 9, 2018
The video features Sol Kim, the son of prisoner Kim SangDuck, otherwise known as Tony Kim, who was arrested by North Korean officials in Pyongyang in 2017. His father had just finished his semester as a professor in North Korea when he was arrested at the airport.
"No explanation was given," Kim said. "My family and I have had no contact with him since. He has not been charged with any crime, and we don't know what is happening to him."
There has only been one confirmed report of anyone seeing Tony Kim alive from seven months ago when U.S. State Department officials retrieved Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was imprisoned by North Korea for over 17 months. Warmbier was in a coma when he was released and died within a week.
"My mom, my brother and I miss our dad so much," Kim added. "We're so worried about him and his health. I do want to say thank you to my friends and family who have supported us over these past nine months. These are hard days for our family."
Hear Sol Kim's plea for his father in the video below, and pray that the #USA3 would be freed: