Texas Baptist delivers 60 tons of corn to North Korean orphans

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DALLAS—A Korean Texas Baptist recently delivered 60 tons of corn to North Korea, where he visited three schools for orphans and a hospital that will benefit from the shipment.

Students at a school for orphans in North Korea wait for a meal. Texas Baptist Men, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and several Texas Baptist churches and individual donors help support food donations for schools like this one. (PHOTOS/Courtesy of Yoo Jong Yoon)

Yoo Jong Yoon — director of the Korean-American Sharing Movement of Dallas and former Korean mission field consultant with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship — inspected a factory in Pyongyang that turns the corn into noodles delivered primarily to schools, orphanages and a hospital in Won-San City in Kangwon Province.

Each ton of corn costs $460 and provides about 2,300 meals, he said.

Yoon has made 21 relief visits to North Korea in the last 17 years. Texas Baptist Men, CBF, individual congregations  and other individual donors help support the ongoing ministry.

Texas Baptist minister Yoo Jong Yoon shakes hands with a diminutive 16-year-old high school student in Won-San City, North Korea. Malnutrition stunted the girl’s growth. (PHOTOS/Courtesy of Yoo Jong Yoon)

Yoon noted North Korea launched a long-range missile in mid-December, an action condemned by the United Nations Security Council.

“But we Christians ought to love our enemies and feed them when they are hungry. I pray that our relief mission plays a big role to help avoid conflicts like the wars in Iran and Afghanistan,” he said.

“More than anything else, this mission is to convey the love of Christ to the starving people in remote areas such as Won-San City and the sick in Won-Son’s People’s Hospital through feeding them with corn noodles and providing medical supplies.”

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