Abilene pastor expresses concern for family in South Korea

Abilene Korean church praying for peace in the Korean Peninsula

ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene pastor with ties to South Korea said he hopes for the best in light of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's declaration of a "state of war" Saturday.

Pastor Myung Lee came to Abilene in 1985 to study the Bible at Abilene Christian University. Lee has been the pastor at the International Baptist Church on Palm Street since 1986. His mother and siblings, however, currently reside in South Korea.

Lee said he and his family are trying not to overreact to Kim's threats, but they hope the threats do not come to fruition.

"Many of the [South] Koreans here do not think North Korea is going to break a war but they are going to do some bad things for South Korea," Lee said.

Lee said Kim's threats could be part of a power play.

"I think he is trying to show he is strong leader," Lee said. "It is my personal opinion, probably he doesn't have power. Now, his father had [power]."

For now, Lee said all he can do is pray.

"We don't have any way to do something for them so we say [to] them we are praying for you and for the country," Lee said. "I ask for God to unify South [Korea] and North [Korea] peacefully."

There are about 60 people in Lee's congregation and the majority are from South Korea. 

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