The remarkable thing about the youth choir that is visiting our YWAM base in Kona, Hawaii (where Ellen and I serving for six weeks) is that the 32-member choir is made up equally of youth from North Korea and youth from South Korea. Some were born in the South, others in the North; they fled North Korea with their parents, some very recently.
How beautiful it was to see young people, varying in ages from 10 to 30, enjoying one another, worshiping and singing together in such unity and freedom! Politics was not on their agenda, North-South tensions were not visible. Only one people, one nation, one new hope of tomorrow in a land torn by strife, war and persecution for most of its history. I could almost see the beauty of a flower opening to announce a new day in Northeast Asia.