Local Koreans react to North-South Korea summit

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Several Korean families are looking forward to re-uniting with loved ones they haven’t seen in decades because of the war, including some who now live in northeast Wisconsin.

“I cannot stop the tears, I cannot stop tears,” says pastor Chankuk Kim. “It was so wonderful, it was a great time in my whole life.”

Kim and his wife Heesong were both born in South Korea, but have parents from the north.

They stayed up for hours watching the meeting between Jong Un and Jae-In.

The couple and other members of the Zion Korean congregation didn’t think the peninsulas would meet so soon.

“My friends we always talk about, ‘is it really going to happen in our lifetime, I don’t think so, maybe in our children’s lifetime’ that the North and South are actually going to meet and there’s going to be peace,” says Sonya Wood. “What I saw last night it was just amazing.”

the church congregation joined others like it across the state in saying this prayer at noon.

It’s those prayers and the ones of American friends the Kims say brought the North and South together.

“It’s God that has done that for us,” says Heesong. “We pray, God is answering.”

“I would just ask people to pray for North and South Korea for peace,” says Wood. “I think it’s not just for us, I think it’s for the world. So that’s what I’m hoping for: peace for the Korean peninsula.”

And we’re reminded that the North and South aren’t two different countries, it’s one.

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