Rev. Tong Soo Han helps provide flood relief in North Korea

December 30, 2016

The Peace Committee of the Korean Association of the United Methodists delivers relief items to North Korea

Rev. Tong Soo Han of Korean United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs helping with donations
Heavy flooding between the end of August and the beginning of September hit the northern part of North Korea with 138 dead, over 400 missing persons, and more than 140,000 people displaced. More than 30,000 buildings including schools and homes were destroyed and more than 600,000 people are affected and in need of urgent assistance as the region enters the season of winter with bitter cold that can reach minus 30 degree Celsius.

The Peace Committee has been providing humanitarian assistance to the people of North Korea for the last 20 years through donations shared by Korean United Methodists and their churches in America. The committee is working with the North Korean government to send $100,000-worth of relief items including 10,000 winter blankets, 1,000 sleeping bags, 1,000 children’s winter coats, and 12 tons of rice. Bishop Hee Soo Jung, the president of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and Rev. James Jongho Kim (a senior advisor of the Peace Committee), of First United Methodist Church of Flushing, NY, oversaw the transfer of these items at the norther boarder of Nam Yang, North Korea on Nov. 29.

The Peace Committee plans to work with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the Korean United Methodist churches in providing the second relief assistance in the first half of the year 2017 as the relief and rebuilding work is expected to take longer than a year. For individuals and churches in the Rocky Mountain Conference who would like to participate in this relief campaign, please contact Rev. Tong Soo Han, of Korean American UMC, 4550 N. Carefree Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80917, call 719-570-0300 or email tongsoohan@comcast.net. For donations, please write check to “NAKAUMC” - Flood Relief.