Keep servingIn the midst of the shock and grief over the death of Bae Hyung-kyu, the pastor killed by Taliban militants, we honor him and his fellow volunteer workers for their lives of giving and sharing. The pastor devoted his life to helping others.
The 10 bullets that razed his body could not hinder his determination to love others, even after his death.
His body will be donated to a hospital for medical research after it is brought back to the country. He should have returned here wearing a big smile and preparing for his next volunteer trip.
Although his life ended at the age of 42, following visits to dangerous and rough places such as Uganda, Bangladesh and Afghanistan more than twice a year, his spirit of willingness to share his neighbors’ suffering will remain forever with his fellow volunteers.
That is why the rest of the hostages, including Lim Hyun-ju, have to return here safely. Lim gave up a nice job as a nurse at Severance Hospital in Sinchon, Seoul and went to Afghanistan three years ago to help people there who had never heard the word “hospital” while suffering in a civil war. To understand their culture, she diligently learned their language. She returned six months ago to give artificial arms to an Afghani girl who lost both of hers in a traffic accident. She initially planned to stay here until September, but hurriedly returned to Afghanistan to assist the volunteer workers with translations. Lim was kidnapped, along with the 22 volunteer workers.
Although not known to public, the rest of the hostages probably also spent their lives serving others and are surely determined to resume lives full of volunteering.
If not, there would have been no reason for them to go to such a dangerous place. Their volunteer work should continue.
Giving and sharing should go on, not only in Afghanistan, but also in other places as well. That is why the hostages have to return safely. That way, Bae will eternally rest in piece. That way, his wife, now in unbearable grief, will overcome her pain and resume volunteering as his fellow worker and partner, just like she did recently, when she anonymously donated her bone marrow to a patient.
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