Missing in Action

In late 1999, two months after an operation for colon cancer, Presbyterian Rev. Kim Dong Sik moved from South Korea to China's northeast to help children who have fled from North Korea. Passionate about his work, Kim set up a small mission house and nursery school for orphaned and handicapped refugees that he called "The School of Love." Despite his severe health problems, the pastor helped a group of North Korean defectors make their way from China to South Korea. On the afternoon of Jan. 16, 2000, he went to a Korean-barbecue restaurant in the Chinese town of Yanji to meet...

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