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New Book Highlights Generational Suffering of North Korean Christians

"These Are The Generations" tells the story of the victorious faith of the Bae family -- secret Christians forced to endure hardship, persecution and imprisonment in the most restricted nation on earth

Contact: Tim Dillmuth, 719-362-5234

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The recent release of Pastor Youcef Nardarhani from an Iranian prison has focused international attention on the plight of prisoners of faith in countries hostile to Christianity. Iran and North Korea are among the worst offending nations. Religious freedom for Christians in both countries is restricted and non-state sanctioned religious activity is prohibited.

In North Korea, anyone who practices or shares a faith other than Juche (an ideology of self- reliance and worship of the country's leaders) is subjected to arrest, torture or public execution. Many Christians are imprisoned simply for believing differently than the majority and engaging in private worship.

"These Are The Generations" chronicles the story of the Baes, a North Korean family that struggled to receive and pass on the gospel from generation to generation, through labor camps, prisons, interrogations, and the greatest challenge of all -- everyday life in North Korea.

Their story is told by Reverend Eric Foley, founder and CEO of Seoul USA, a ministry serving to bridge the Western church with Christians in Asia.

"In all my years of working to raise awareness about North Korea, I have never encountered a more inspirational and complete story of generational faith and endurance," said Foley. "God brought the Baes to us, so we may expose the truth to the world through their encouraging and uplifting story of Christian steadfastness and victory."

Mr. Bae -- a former Christians prisoner in the North Korean gulag -- says Christian inmates endure many hardships, inhumane treatment, and horrid conditions in prison. However, he told Foley not to feel sorry for them because, "Prison is the best seminary training a Christian can get."

*Interviews with the author, Reverend Eric Foley may be arranged by contacting Tim Dillmuth at Seoul USA. A press kit which features bios of the author and the Baes, a North Korea fact sheet, and translated video and audio clips from an interview with Mr. and Mrs. Bae are available for download at www.thesearethegenerations.com. Printed copies of the book and a press kit are available on request from Seoul USA.