By Jude Allume Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – With President Donald Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un for the first time ever, anticipation and hope was high in many parts of the world with an eye towards political change being sparked. At the Korean Church of Syracuse, there was great interest for some church members about the summit.
The church has aided political refugees of North Korea for the past 11 years, believing that even now the people of Korea need their voices heard and their human rights recognized.
Members of the congregation said the meeting of the two leaders is a step in the right direction, but are waiting to see what happens before getting too excited.
“I don’t think by any means it’s fully enough for what we have hope for (and) what we’ve desired throughout history,” says Grace Song, a member and Sunday school teacher of the church. “I think it marks a point where we can start to hope for greater changes, where we can hope for better relations and we can hope for the betterment of not just South Korea, but also North Korea and what it means to be unified after so many decades of separation.”
In hopes of attaining peace among the Koreas and the United States, members of the church have developed a special prayer for Korea which they recite, believing it will be of help to finally unify North and South Korea as one again.