Amid a dozen other North Koreans, May Joo found herself in a community that gave her a sense of familiarity. But sitting and singing in the small church in LA's Koreatown, Joo found herself getting to know a God she had no idea existed before fleeing North Korea.
The ministry, founded by the Cho family who immigrated from South Korea, aims to offer an open faith-based community for Koreans, in particular North Koreans who can often feel isolated or discriminated against.
"There's this Korean word jeong — it's like this love you want to feel from people — but in Los Angeles, I was not able to feel a lot of community support. So I wanted to go somewhere they serve North Koreans, to receive jeong," said Sammy Hyun, 41.
Listen to the full radio story and read the in-depth article here: https://www.scpr.org/news/2018/02/16/80767/once-barred-from-practicing-religion-north-koreans/