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It’s uncanny – what I needed to hear tonight, I heard. And with my heart still aching over what is happening in Afghanistan, I so needed to discuss what it means to be reconciled with my brother.

Jake shared with the group tonight a few stories from Amahoro Africa and their emerging conversation and then shared the following 5 points on reconciliation:

  1. Reconciliation is for every nation (not just between 2 nations)
  2. Reconciliation is not an event, but a lifestyle
  3. We must get out of our comfort zones to realize our own racism.
  4. Reconciliation is a muddy path; we must be in situations that push us.
  5. Reconciliation is revolutionary and we need God’s healing hand

The last point Jake made that I want to keep in my heart for a long time was that in the West, we say that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but in Africa there is a saying: “Presence is worth ten thousand words.”

Those brave missionaries knew (and still know) what they were getting into.

Korean media as well as some members of the international community in Kabul have criticized the group for being naive and entering the country ill-prepared.

But Bae’s friend from Sammul told Compass, “They were well prepared for the trip. In a country where there is war, when things get hard, everybody leaves. If we leave the country, who willl stay to help the people?”

A church worker in Korea said that even after Bae’s death, Christians need to continue to help majority-Muslim nations, showing them the love of Christ through aid work. “Despite this incident, we do not wish bad things upon either Afghanistan or Muslim countries,” the worker said. “Because they don’t know about Jesus Christ, we have to share the love of Jesus Christ with them.” 

The more I think about it, the notion that 22 Korean missionaries being held hostage in Afghanistan is just not news to most people in America. And perhaps I shouldn’t make more light of it without bringing up the Voice of the Martyrs or International Christian Concern. Don’t get me wrong, I’m praying that they would be freed, but I think if they were freed with no hope of returning, more than 22 would suffer.  And that would definitely not make the news, but I think the tears of the saints would multiply because we cowered at the sight of death.

If there is to be reconciliation, let it begin in my heart for the Afghan people. God, make them beautiful to me, do not let the evil that the Taliban stand for be an obstacle for the cloud of witnesses that urge us to love them. Little ole’ me in remote Atlanta, Georgia wants to reconcile with you. Interestingly enough, I found this article in the local paper and wondered if there was anything in the realm of the spiritual that connected here, especially when I read this line:

An emptiness saturated them; the last symbol of Afghan national unity was gone, they feared. The “shadow of God” no longer graced their sun-drenched nation.

That’s not true, your nation is still in grace. You cannot kill with hate what we can revive with love.


About David Park

Christian 2nd-generation Korean American; Atlanta Georgia; more details to come.

2 responses to “RE:Reconciliation

  1. David, thanks for the heartfelt entry. “If there is to be reconciliation, let it begin in my heart for the Afghan people.” Amen.

  2. elderj

    i’ve been away (mentally, physically & emotionally) from the blogosphere and from news in general. Thanks for bringing me up to speed and into the know…

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