Stories of Peacemakers: Korea
The Sunlit Sister's Center is a place of light and brightness for 70 elderly Korean women whose lives have been anything but light and bright. After the end of the Korean War, numerous were left orphaned and widowed with no means to support a family. Many went to the camp towns near military bases for work, including sexual work. Since that time, over 300,000 women have been sex workers for U.S. soldiers. In the words of the Chief Director of the Sunlit Sister's Center, "these sisters have become sacrificial lambs for the unfair history between our governments." Even these women's families, for whom they did this work, have abandoned them.
The objective of the Center is to help the now elderly women to heal their inner scars and gain the insight that their pain is not just individual but the pain of the whole community. United Methodist Women stand alongside the Sunlit Sisters through mission giving that empowers these sisters to envision a new life in the light of Jesus Christ.
Oh God, for whom nothing is too hard, infuse the brokenness of pain from exploitation with your light. Hear the women pray and know the hope now alive in hearts once cold from disillusionment. Hear the women pray!
Carol Van Gorp is the executive for international ministries, United Methodist Women