Thursday, March 13, 2014

Victory: North Korea Releases John Short

All praise to our merciful God: after two weeks of being detained by North Korean authorities, John Short has been deported back to China. Short was facing a possible 15-year prison sentence simply for distributing a handful of gospel tracts while on a regular tour of the country.  A native of Australia, Brother Short and his wife Karen have been operating out of Hong Kong for over 50 years, and he has been imprisoned in China several times. 

As is customary in such Hell-holes as North Korea, the authorities required Brother Short to issue an "official apology" as a condition of release, but we will not quote it here, because it was typical Communist boilerplate. At the same time, however, this savage régime has ordered the execution of 33 people who had been "contacted" by South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook.

Some may criticize our 75 year old brother for agreeing to the "confession," but it enables him to rejoin his beloved wife and continue serving Christ as a free man for the remainder of his life.  Brother Short's actions should be seen as obedience to his Lord's command: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). 

Even as Saeed Abedini faces new horrors in Iran, and as hundreds of other Christians are imprisoned in North Korea and elsewhere, we blend our praise for Brother Short's deliverance with our entreaties for their safety and freedom; and we weep for those soon to be martyred by North Korea.  God's ways are past finding out, but one thing is sure:  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:3).


  1. Praise God for Bro. Short's release! But may God reward the North Korean authorities (and others, such as Iranian) according to their works!

  2. Wonderful news about Brother Short, but let's keep praying for Brother Abedini and his family, in Iran.

    I agree, Sister Laura: 2 Timothy 4:14b...