Franklin Graham Statement on the Death of Kim Jong Il

By   •   December 19, 2011

“Having visited North Korea four times, most recently in May 2011, and worked in this difficult country for many years, I have maintained a special interest and concern for the people of this nation.

“The passing of the General Secretary Kim Jong Il gives the United States an opportunity as the people of the DPRK mourn the loss of their leader. We should be working to build stronger bridges of relationship and understanding with his son, Kim Jong Un.

“Harsh rhetoric will not solve the grave problems that the people on the Korean peninsula face. My prayer is that President Obama will reach out to the DPRK’s new leader and extend a helping hand to the people who are suffering through an early cold winter and serious food shortages. This could go a long way in easing tensions between the two nations and promote harmony and goodwill.”

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has a long history in the DPRK. In 1992, Billy Graham became the first foreign religious leader to preach in Pyongyang. During that visit he gave a lecture at Kim Il Sung University, the nation’s leading educational institution, and met with President Kim Il Sung.

Ruth Bell Graham returned to the DPRK in 1997 after attending high school in Pyongyang in the 1930s.

Samaritan’s Purse has worked in the DPRK for more than a decade providing essential medical, dental, emergency and nutritional relief. Since 1997, the organization has provided some $15 million in emergency assistance to the people of North Korea, including relief in 2010.

Read about Franklin Graham’s visits to DPRK in 2008 and 2009.

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  1. Rosey says:

    Let's all pray for all of North Korea's people – from leaders to all citizens, especially those who are suffering greatly. I thank GOD so much for BGEA all ALL it is doing. Truly, they are taking the Gospel to all the ends of the earth.

  2. Luray says:

    Praying for peace in Korea and around the world. I thank God that the gospel is always given from the BGEA to the world, simple and unhindered.

  3. Gregory says:

    Our church prayed for the people in Korea this morning.

  4. Joyce says:

    From Mindanao Philippines: Let us continue praying that God will touch President Obama's heart to reach out to them! God is able! He never slumber nor sleep! Shalom!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Praying for peace on the nation and on His son.

  6. KEN says:

    I PRAY that GOD will touch the Hearts of all the Worlds Leaders, to come together in the handling of this matter in a manner that will be most pleasing to GOD! AMEN

  7. crystal says:

    You are building a beautiful bridge in between US and N-Korea. May the Good news of God be reach to the people of N-Koreans.

  8. Brad says:

    God can change the World, through his son Christ Jesus.

  9. Guill says:

    We should fulfill the great commission and not let any differences put us apart in this great nation as North Korea. We should be the example of Christ' love on us.

  10. lou says:

    It is refreshing to here people willing to help the people of North Korea in their time of need thank you BGEA