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Heidi Linton speaks on the work of CFK in Pennsylvania and Texas!

Are you interested in learning more about the work of CFK?  Do you have questions you have been wanting to ask?  The director of CFK, Mrs. Heidi Linton will be speaking at several locations in Pennsylvania during the beginning of February 2015, and in Austin, TX on February 10, 2015.  Mrs. Linton will be sharing about what God has been doing through CFK for the people of North Korea over the past 20 years and our hopes for the future.  We invite all those in the area to attend.  Please call us at 828.669.2355 or email with questions or to schedule a CFK speaker to come to your church or community.

February Speaking Itinerary


February 3, 2015 7pm – Dickinson College – Carlisle, PA

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February 5, 2015 2pm – Cross Keys Village – Brethren Home Community – New Oxford, PA


February 6, 2015 7:30pm – Phil-Mont Christian Academy (Hamels Auditorium)













We thank you for your continued love and support of CFK. We ask that you pray for traveling mercies for Mrs. Linton, and also that God speaks through her to all in attendance.

True early Thanksgivings…in Sariwon and Changyon…

Changyon Feast For Web

CFK Volunteers enjoy a feast on the beach with the North Korean staff at Changyon TB Rest Home.


The idea of sharing in a feast in North Korea somehow just doesn’t sound right on the face of things.   Doesn’t North Korea’s population suffer from widespread malnutrition? Hasn’t food and hydropower production been greatly affected by a lack of rainfall this year? Don’t they still have serious food shortages?

The answer to all of these questions is YES – which makes what happened in September and October in Sariwon and Changyon all the more remarkable.

As we reported to you in our October newsletter ( our team worked long days side by side with local staff and volunteers to install solar-powered gravity-fed water systems at these two rural rest homes from September 22 – October 9. These kinds of projects are difficult and complicated. First we have to do an initial on-site assessment. Then, if a well is needed, this has to be drilled before we can proceed. Then we have to estimate all the materials needed for the project, raise the funds, purchase some materials from the US (and others from China), inventory, pack and load them into a container and ship them across the ocean. Once the materials arrive, they have to be inventoried again at our warehouse, and be delivered to the site – which is often a long way from Pyongyang on rough roads.

Container Loading June 2014 for Web

Supplies for this year’s Fall Water Trip were shipped from CFK’s Black Mountain, NC warehouse in June 2014.

Meanwhile we have to assemble a team of willing/skilled volunteers, and apply for visas at least two months in advance of the visit. While we wait for visa and travel approval for the team, team members are raising support for their own travel costs. Finally, when all has been approved and is in place, the team travels to North Korea to install the system – working long days under what are very often challenging conditions. This whole process can easily take 2-5 years to complete.

So, when everything comes together, and our team works along side local people to install a full system in 4-6 days of hard work, there is much rejoicing when the solar panels begin to power the pump that fills the taps with cold, clean water. As the various staff members try out their frost-free hydrants for the first time – the outlets that will give them clean water on demand, summer or winter, and save them back breaking labor and countless hours of precious time in the future – there is much rejoicing and sincere gratitude shared. Patients, too, humbly find ways to express their sincere thanks, as well as villagers who live nearby and who will benefit from the clean water.

Sariwon Local with Water for Web

Two local residents living near Sariwon TB Rest Home receive water near their home!

We know from hundreds of interviews with care center staff members over many years that protein of any kind – but especially fresh meat, is a rare and extremely valued commodity. Most people are only able to have fresh meat a few times each year – usually to celebrate a major holiday. But in September at Sariwon, and in October at Changyon, each place showed their deep appreciation in the best way they knew how – by sacrificing a goat from their small flocks served together with bounty from their greenhouses so that they could honor our team and share a feast of thanksgiving and fellowship with us.

This Thanksgiving, as we sit down together with our families to count our blessings and enjoy our bountiful tables, I hope you will join us in giving thanks for the Thanksgiving feasts held in Sariwon and Changyon this year, strengthening bonds of fellowship and understanding that have grown through bearing each other’s burdens and loving one another.   We hope this overflow of deeply thankful hearts for the lasting transformations that you have helped make possible in Jesus’ name will strengthen you and give you hope and joy this Thanksgiving.

CFK’s 2017 Desktop Calendar

Pray for North Korea with us in the year of 2017!4-r1-07-5

Our 2017 desktop calendar is a collage of our many volunteers that have been actively involved over the past 21 years.

Christian Friends of Korea has brought 187 people to the DPRK since 1995, including many who have come multiple times. With this calendar, we want to give thanks to God and recognize our many dedicated volunteers for their acts of mercy, love, and friendship over 21 years.

Our work in the DPRK would not be possible without their faith, dedication, and love for God and others.
We ask a suggested donation of $8 to help us process each calendar request.


Floor Mats for Rest Home Patients


Because most non-surgical rest home patients prefer to sleep on the floor Korean style, we want to send more interlocking high density foam mats that both cushion and insulate patients from the hard and often unheated floors.

$27.00 — A four mat set provides a comfortable sleeping area of one adult or one child and his caregiver.

$108.00 — Four sets provide a comfortable sleeping area for an entire patient room usually occupied by four patients.

$2700.00 — One hundred sets provide comfortable sleeping for an entire rest home treating 100 patients.

Click here to view project video on YouTube!   Click here to donate!


Hubbard United Methodist Church: Prayer Shawl Dedication

Prayer Shawls talk at HUMC for dedication of shawls  June 8th, 2014    

by Genell Poitras

Hubbard UMC Prayer shawls 2 This is the third year that we at this church on the Hubbard prairie (Park Rapids, Minnesota) are sending prayer shawls and knitted items half way around the world to a place we will never visit.  These expressions of loving comfort warm the hearts and the bodies of patients with tuberculosis and hepatitis as they heal in North Korean hospitals and rest homes.  Although the winter there is as cold as here the hospitals and rest homes are unheated.

Four years ago I had the privilege of accompanying a delegation to North Korea under the auspices of Christian Friends of Korea.  This organization delivers our knitted items to the patients in the rest homes and hospitals.  CFK began to work in North Korea during the severe famine in the mid 1990’s that took the lives of a million people.  After this crisis had abated, CFK began work with tuberculosis and hepatitis facilities.  CFK’s main purpose is to help these institutions become self-supporting.  They build greenhouses in order that vegetables can be available during the winter. CFK provides medicine, operating room equipment, nutritious food like canned meat, and tractors for transportation in mountainous areas.

While I was there we visited 16 rest homes and hospitals.  The rest homes were located in mountain valleys, far off main roads.  One clear, cool, April morning we drove for hours over rutted dirt roads, and forded a stream by a small village surrounded by fields ready for planting, to visit a rest home.  The home was nestled in the mountains far from any farm homes.  Patients lived in unheated rooms. genell

In the chilly office of the doctor who was the director we sat around a table laden with chestnuts, sweet potatoes, peanuts, persimmons and hot tea.  As we left I shook the hand of the doctor and told him I was impressed by the work he was doing.  He responded, “You must do something for others in order to find meaning in life.”  And, that is what we do as Christian when we reach out to others here in Hubbard, Park Rapids, our nation, and our world for what we do for others enriches and gives meaning to our lives and the lives of others.

Prayer for the Prayer Shawls

“Loving God, we send these shawls with our prayers that healing will come to the people whose shoulders these shawls will cover.  You have taught us to reach out with compassion to our brothers and sisters, many of whom we will never meet.  We give thanks for this opportunity to serve our distant neighbors.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen”

November 2012-C WJ 152


Contact Us

Christian Friends of Korea
P.O. Box 936
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Phone: 828-669-2355


Words of Truth

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

— Bible, Thessalonians 3:1, 5
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