During the Korean conflict, the young Kim Joon-gon had seen 2000 out of 20 000 people on Chunnam Island murdered by the Communists. They dragged his family to a spot where 160 people from two villages had gathered to beat the Christians. There Kim's father and wife were beaten to death and Kim was left for dead. When he revived and sought safety at an acquaintance's house, he was turned over to the Communists. Only the sudden appearance of an American ship off the island coast saved him this time, for the communist soldiers hurried away to battle.
He hid out in the countryside until the South Korean army captured the island. The Communists who had killed his wife and father were arrested. Because it was wartime, the police chief had authority to execute without trial. But as they prepared to kill the men, Kim pleaded, "Spare them. They were forced to kill."
The police chief showed great surprise. "It was your family they killed. Why do you now ask for their lives?"
Kim replied quietly, "Because the Lord whom I serve and whose I am would have me show mercy to them".
The communists were spared execution because of Kim's plea. News of his action spread amongst other communist supporters in the area. When Kim later ascended a mountain to preach to Communists hiding out, he was not killed. Many of the communists became Christians and when Kim finally left the island, a flourishing church of 108 members was actively witnessing for Christ.
In 1957, Kim Joon-gon came to Fuller Theological Seminary in California on a scholarship. There, he was contacted by Dr Bill Bright, director of Campus Crusade for Christ. He returned to be Campus Crusade director of Korea and has been greatly used of God subsequently.
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.”. But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven. Matt 5. 43-45 (NIV)