S KOREA DENIES HOSTAGE PAYMENTS
The 19 Korean
hostages in Afghanistan were freed in small batches on 29th and 30th,
ending a six-week ordeal.
Two women, from the original group of 23 Christian church workers,
were freed earlier in the month. Two men were killed soon after the kidnapping.
Seoul has said it
agreed to pull its troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and stop any
more Christian missionaries traveling to Afghanistan.
South Korea has denied rumours
it paid a multi-million dollar ransom for the release of 19 hostages in
Afghanistan. A presidential spokesman rejected claims by some Afghan officials
that a secret financial deal had been reached.
Praise the LORD for His grace and deliverance for the 21 who were
released in different stages. The blood of the two male members who were killed
will not go in vain – the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.
Y’shua the Messiah said:
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile, insult and slander
you, and when they persecute you, telling all kinds of vicious lies about
you because of Me. Rejoice, and be glad for your reward in heaven is great, for
in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”