Today, Sunday, October 14th, 2018, I had the privilege to give a copy of RICE FROM HEAVEN: THE SECRET MISSION TO FEED NORTH KOREANS to the North Korean Pastor who led the group of us two years ago to send balloons of rice over the border to North Korea. Another friend who had gone with us that night showed the pastor her copy of the book earlier this morning. He said he almost cried. He was very touched.
My husband, son, and I traveled by subway to Seoul, about an hour away. Due to wrong directions, we arrived in time for the last song of the service, go figure. But he announced to the small congregation that I was there, and he held my book up. Many people came up to me and said "thank you," and that they were very touched. Greatest of all, I re-met a North Korean defector from the event in 2016 and met a new one, both of whom speak English :) Now I can interview them and get more nitty-gritty details. And I met a Korean adoptee like myself who will be a big help on another WIP (work-in-progress). I also met a guy who defected three years ago, and he is now in the South Korean military special forces who will drop by parachute with his unit onto North Korean soil if there is a war. (Even though the news makes everything sound peaceful, we don't know if Kim Jong Un will truly hold up his end of the bargain...)
We ate the church's lunch and had great conversation. The pastor thinks it's a good idea the South Korean President and the North Korean leader are talking, as the pastor is for unification. But as for the people living there now, things are still not so good.
Hopefully, I can visit them again soon. I'm happy to know they are pleased with RICE FROM HEAVEN. By the way, they do the balloon launch every year.
10/14/2018 05:30:54 am
How fabulous that you got to visit with the pastor and congregation. Your work is bringing their work to the world!
10/14/2018 06:30:00 am
Tina, what an honor to be able to make this presentation, the book is indeed a trophy for this pastor's compassion and vision.
10/14/2018 10:56:00 am
This is just beautiful, Tina. Combining all your passions into one event: The Church, the plight of north Koreans, writing, ministering, and teaching your children by example.
10/14/2018 11:16:22 am
This is truly special! How wonderful that you got to do this!
10/14/2018 01:04:17 pm
Tina, this is just beautiful.
10/14/2018 02:20:27 pm
Congratulations Tina - sounds wonderful! What a wonderful way to come full circle with the book, and even gain ground on future books in progress!
10/23/2018 12:18:49 pm
Tina, so glad you arrived, no matter how late. This story you've written is sure to bless so many.
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Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!