Korean Church of Knoxville holds prayer service over North Korea

Korean Church of Knoxville holds prayer service over North Korean crisis

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Members of the Korean Church of Knoxville held a special prayer service Sunday. Members of the Korean Church of Knoxville held a special prayer service Sunday.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As tensions with North Korea continue, Koreans living in East Tennessee are praying for a resolution to the crisis.

Members of the Korean Church of Knoxville held a special prayer service Sunday. They asked that peace can be found in the region.

Churchgoers say prayer is the only way they can react to North Korea's threats to attack South Korea and the United States.

"They could fall down or they could create war so it's a very dangerous situation," said Seokho Howard Kim.

"That's why we just pray," said Korean Church of Knoxville Elder Kenneth Kim.

During the prayer service, they asked for safety for South Korean and American civilians and troops.

"We pray for the politicians both in Korea and in America. We pray for God to give them to have wisdom to lead this country and also Korea," said Seokho Howard Kim.

Members say they are nervous and afraid of what action the North Koreans might take.

"They worry about it because the situation seems to be a lot more tense than any other cases since the Korean War," said Seokho Howard Kim.

The international crisis is especially upsetting to the church's nearly 200 members because many of them still have family currently living in South Korea.

"I have brothers and sisters living in Seoul, which is not far from the border," said Seokho Howard Kim.

They pray that war can be prevented and that somehow peace will prevail and North Korea will not attack.

"We have to avoid war at all costs because war is terrible. I've been through two wars," said Kenneth Kim.

"They're playing a very dangerous game and are just standing at the edge just trying to bluff to get whatever they want," said Seohko Howard Kim.

"Our trust in God will help resolve this conflict," said Kenneth Kim.

There is a large Korean population in Knoxville, including more than 100 students studying at the University of Tennessee.

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