After driving for some time, they finally arrived at a bronze statue of Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea. It was customary for officials to pay their respects to the large statues of the leaders and to bow before them in worship. Esther began to pray frantically in her spirit, knowing that this short moment could mean the end of her time in North Korea. If she refused to bow to the great leader in worship, she might be forced to leave North Korea or even be put in jail. Locals could even be executed for refusing to bow before the Great Leader’s statue.
As they walked together toward the statute, Esther was still at a loss as to how to deal the situation. “Dear Lord, what do you want me to do?” Esther prayed silently. Then suddenly a surge of boldness filled her heart and she began to pray differently.
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