SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – AUGUST 29: A woman reads a newspaper regarding the release of the South Korean hostages in Afghanistan on August 29, 2007 in Seoul, South Korea. Taliban militants released three South Korean hostages today, the first of 19 hostages scheduled to be freed under a deal struck between the insurgents and the South Korean government. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
wow. after 40 days (interesting huh? but let’s not get crazy about these things ok?) not two but 12 hostages were released this morning and reportedly all the hostages are scheduled for release.
that is indeed great great news.
but it’s not over yet. keep praying.
i think we have to pray all the more harder now.
there is of course a price to this freedom which is never really easy or free.
“The agreement was reached on conditions that South Korea withdraw its troops stationed in Afghanistan by the year’s end and impose a ban on its Christian nationals’ missionary activities in Afghanistan,” Cheon said.
What’s this mean? No more South Korean Christians in Afghanistan.
I don’t know how to feel about this. While I’m excited and overjoyed that these souls are going home I wonder about what could’ve been. Some have already criticized South Korea for having no backbone. We’re probably going to hear a lot now from Christians about this new development.
Just how is this event shaping missions?
How do we or should we think/rethink missions in the 10/40 window?
read the press:
NYTimes: 8 South Korean Hostages Are Freed by Taliban, 12:05pm
NYTimes: Taliban Will Release Hostages, South Korea Says
Time: Will the Korean Hostages Go Free?
Time: Korean Hostages Freed — at a Cost