It appears that this may be the day that sees Aijalon Mahli Gomes released by North Korea. The Telegraph and others are reporting that former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, is in Pyongyang and that the DPRK leadership has agreed to release Aijalon Mahli Gomes.
It may be that Mr. Carter, a man of peace, could play an instrumental role in helping to tone down North Korea’s war yelps at a time when tensions are running high. The plight of Aijalon Gomes has set the stage for more than the release of a trespasser. Here is a blip from the Telegraph article:
The Foreign Policy report said Mr Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, would be travelling as a private citizen, similar to the mission carried out by former president Bill Clinton last year when he secured the release of Americans Laura Ling and Euna Lee, two television journalists who were also jailed after wandering across the North Korean border with China.
Mr Carter made an unprecedented visit to Pyongyang in 1994 when the United States came close to war with North Korea over its nuclear programme. He helped defuse the crisis through talks with then-leader Kim Il-sung.
Often maligned for failures during his term of presidency, Jimmy Carter has had a tough go in the press. Say what you will, though, it would be difficult to find anyone on the planet who has done more for the protection of human dignity than the former president. I salute him for going to bat for Aijalon. God bless Jimmy Carter, Aijalon Gomes, all the prisoners of compassion… and God bless you.
Welcome home, Aijalon Gomes. I hope you choose to speak out about your mission and your discoveries.
Update: It is official; Aijalon is free and is on his way home. Thank you, Lord. Thank you Jimmy Carter. Thank you Kim Yong-Nam. It is a time for rejoicing, for thankfulness, and for reflection on the preciousness of freedom. Aijalon, we prayed for you and held you dear in our hearts during your imprisonment. You were not alone. The Father moved in the spirit of many to not forget his son, Aijalon.