Graham, Others Bring Hope to N. Korea

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Evangelist Franklin Graham made a historic visit to North Korea, Thursday, bringing food and a message of peace to the country.

The son of Rev. Billy Graham will be there for four days to distribute food through his organization Samaritan's Purse. The Christian group provides aid to the poor, sick, and suffering, and has been helping North Korea since the 1990s.

Along with food and supplies, Graham brought a message of peace and hope. On his first day there, he preached at a Protestant church in Pyongyang.

"I do not come to you today as a politician or diplomat," Graham said. "I come to you instead as a Christian with a message of peace - peace with God, peace in our hearts, and peace with each other."

Samaritan's Purse is one of five non-governmental groups selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide food to North Korea.

Since floodwaters poured through the nation last August, residents have struggled to rebuild farms and food supply.

A total of 100,000 metric tons of food will reach the country because of new efforts by groups like Samaritan's Purse. The first shipment of grain arrived in the country earlier this month.

North Korea's government has expressed extreme gratitude to the U.S. for its help, and an official newspaper has called for a peace treaty. The agreement would bring an official end to the Korean War.

Sources: Samaritan's Purse, Associated Press

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