Kim wrote a book about her life called If I Perish published by Moody Press in 1977. This amazing story documents her determination to follow her faith during the Japanese occupation of her Korean homeland. Published also in Korean and Japanese, a film version has been made in Japanese.
Teaching music in a school before World War II began, Kim saw the invasion of Japanese troops coerce the Koreans into following their religious practices. When Kim failed to bow at a pagan Shinto shrine, she was abducted and forced into a detention camp where she suffered humiliation, torture, and degrading conditions. Constant in her Christian faith, she meditated on Scripture she had memorized and thereby helped those around her find Christ. Her actions helped reduce some of the torture Christians faced in the prison.
Released after the war, Kim traveled throughout Europe and the United States, praising God and His power to help her through her six years in prison. She also married her husband, Don Kim, and they settled in America in order to study ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. From there they received an appointment as Baptist home missionaries and founded Berendo Street Baptist Church in Los Angeles. This Korean church trains leaders and sends them out all over the United States. Kim has since passed away, leaving the legacy of one woman's faithful journey for Christ.
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