Letter of Invitation
Durihana Inc. was incorporated on October 2, 1999, and
on August 17, 2005 it was registered in the USA as a non-profit organization
under the name of ‘Durihana USA.’
After appointing 8 board members, including Bishop
Young-Jin Cho as the chairman, Durihana USA was officially launched on December
5, 2005 with a special worship service at Virginia Korean Baptist Church led
by Rev. Jin-Hong Kim, the chairman of Durihana Inc.'s board of directors.
With headquarters in Washington, Durihana USA had branches
in New York, LA, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Delaware, Hawaii, Salisbury and Houston.
After the ‘North Korean Human Rights Act’ was passed in 2004, which offered
US support for the human rights groups in North Korea and made North Koreans
eligible for political asylum in the US, Durihana USA has helped 197 North Korean
refugees to settle down in the US to date, including the 6 members of Durihana
family, who were the very first North Korean refugees to land in the US on May
Durihana USA had been working towards spreading the gospel
in North Korea, providing care for North Korean defectors in China and rescuing
them out to safety, supporting North Korean refugees settle down in the US,
training the next-generation leaders, with a focus on the ‘scholarship project
to train Christian leaders for the re-united Korea’. It had also been holding
3 day long annual conferences for the North Korean refugees living in different
parts of the US to gather together and share their life stories and encourage
While Durihana USA has its roots in the Korean-American
community and churches, ‘Durihana Inc.'s US branch’ (www.durihanamission.org)
is being established to reach broader communities of mainstream Americans. It
had been registered as an incorporated organization under the US law and is
headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The mission of Durihana Inc. is to help rescue North Koreans
from the physical and spiritual kingdom of darkness under which they live; to
proclaim to the North Korean people the redemption that is in Christ Jesus;
and to compassionately serve and strengthen them as they rebuild their lives,
no matter what the cost.
The ministry of Durihana can be seen as a threefold cord
with the gospel woven throughout.
Redemption: redeem the North Korean people from a spiritual and physical kingdom
“I have come that they may have life, and have
it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Compassion: through the
grace of God given to us we will serve with faithful compassion those who have
never known what love is.
“Whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his
brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide
in him” 1 John 3:17
Sacrifice: we help to
rescue North Korean people and give them the gospel with unconditional sacrifice.
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count
my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy and the ministry
which I received from the Lord Jesus." Acts 20:24
A special launch event for Durihana Inc. will be held
in Santa Fe, NM on May 21, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Light at Mission Viejo
with the Mayor of Santa Fe issuing a proclamation for the event. A speech about
the situation in North Korea and the Christian response will be given by Rev.
Ki-won Chun, the founder of Durihana, which will be followed by speeches of
North Korean refugees who will share their amazing life stories of escaping
North Korea and re-settling in different countries of their choices.
Please pray for the event so the US branch of Durihana
Inc. can be opened with a love and support of many people and will be used as
a valuable tool in God’s gracious hand for North Korea and its people.