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A Christmas message from Kenneth Bae

Jonathan Bae
Tucson, AZ, United States

Dec 25, 2014 — Dear friends,

Thank you to all of you for signing my son Jonathan Bae’s petition “Amnesty for my father Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in a North Korean Special Labor Camp.” I was overwhelmed with gratitude to learn that so many of you have signed the petition on my behalf —177,552 signatures!

Thanks to all of you who raised your voices to advocate for my freedom, I was able to come home and celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family back on US soil. Because of your support and prayers for me and for my family, I was able to endure and sustain during my time in North Korea.

Since I was released more than one month ago, I have had a chance to rest and reconnect with my family. We have spent a few days at the beach, which, as you can understand, is quite surreal considering where I have been. I am still praying about my future—what I will do and where I will live—but I feel at peace, knowing God will guide me as He has always.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on the glorious day of our Savior’s birthday! May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and your family!


Kenneth Bae

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