Having the courage of your convictions can exact a heavy price.

A man in North Korea faces execution for trying to convert fellow countrymen to Christianity, according to a U.S.-based human rights group, “Voice of the Martyrs” (http://www.prisoneralert.com/). VOM states that Son Jong Nam defected from his native North Korea to China after his wife’s miscarriage – caused, VOM states, when she was kicked in the stomach during an investigation by the Communist nation’s secret police.

In China, Son was imprisoned for preaching Christianity, VOM states. China deported Son back to North Korea, accused of sending Christian missionaries into his native country. In North Korea, Son resumed evangelizing, VOM states, which resulted in his imprisonment and torture. During Son’s most recent incarceration (Jan. 2006), he was sentenced to be executed as a “national traitor” and for “receiving Christianity,” according to the human rights group.

While it is unknown whether Son is still alive, VOM believes he is because there has been no announcement of his execution.

This month, his brother, Son Jong Hoon, visited Washington DC to plead for his brother’s life. Christian Conservative presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and four other Senators from both parties responded to that plea with a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, asking for their help in seeking Son’s immediate release.

VOM’s founders, now deceased, took up the cause of Christian martyrdom after experiencing it first hand. VOM states that Richard Wurmbrand and his wife, Sabina – Romanian Jews – converted to Catholicism in the 1930s. VOM states that the two became active evangelists and, at the close of World War II, were, themselves, imprisoned and tortured for spreading Christian doctrine.

Carol Bogart is a freelance writer/editor. Read her articles at www.hubpages.com. Contact her at 3bogart@sbcglobal.net.








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