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Southcliff Share Partner, TEXAS BAPTIST MEN, deliver soybeans to children in NORTH KOREA — February 28th

A layman told Texas Baptist Men leaders their prayers opened doors that enabled him to document the delivery of 180 tons of soybeans to orphanages, schools and hospitals in North Korea.

Paul Hinton examines the variety of food products North Korean hospitals, schools and orphanages make from donated soybeans. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hinton)

“I knew I couldn’t go without being covered in prayer,” said Paul Hinton, a layman from Church Project, a Baptist congregation in The Woodlands.

Hinton verified the delivery of 7,200 50-lb. bags of soybeans—120 tons provided through TBM and 60 tons provided by the Korean-American Sharing Movement of Dallas—for children and hospital patients in North Korea.

He visited 12 of the 18 orphanages, schools, hospitals and other sites that received the soybeans donated by Christians in Texas, including First Baptist Church in Midland.

Hinton initially became involved in efforts to provide food for North Koreans several years ago when he met Yoo Yoon, a Dallas-area Korean-American Baptist minister.

Since 1996, Yoon has traveled to North Korea more than 30 times to supervise delivery of food, medical supplies and other resources provided by TBM and other donors.

Defying the odds, Hinton received the necessary permission to make the trip to North Korea in December. However, since Yoon already had traveled to North Korea earlier in the year, he was not allowed to return eight months later.

“If you want to improve your prayer life, accept a trip to North Korea by yourself,” Hinton said.

Throughout his journey, Hinton noted, several North Koreans he encountered offered the same stunned observation and raised the same question: “You are a Caucasian American. It’s not possible for you to be in North Korea. Why are you here?”

Hinton said he consistently told those who asked, “I’m here to love on people who are in need through no fault of their own.”

He saw firsthand the positive impact the soy milk and food products made from soybeans have made on children in North Korea. He also noted North Koreans in the schools, orphanages and hospitals recognize TBM as the source of the much-needed provision.

“They understand that somebody they don’t even know cares about them. That’s powerful,” Hinton said.

To read entre article go to the Baptist Standard.