While information regarding the arrest of an Australian missionary slowly emerges from North Korea, a Christian human rights organization has made contact with the prisoner's wife.
Ryan Morgan of International Christian Concern (ICC) tells OneNewsNow 75-year-old John Short has been in custody since he was detained Sunday, February 16.
"Some media resources are reporting that he may face the same charges that Kenneth Bae, an American citizen, is facing in North Korea right now, which is 15 years of hard labor," Morgan reports. "But we are pretty sure that this had to do with the fact that John was a missionary and was taking … Christian literature into the country."
And following the arrest, Morgan phoned Short's wife, Karen, who was exhausted after media interviews.
"But she's also really unshaken, honestly," the ICC spokesman shares. "[She] and John have been missionaries for 40 years. They genuinely love the Chinese people and the North Koreans. So, they really believe he's in God's hands, and they're praying for his safety. And … I think she's actually holding up quite well despite the circumstances."
He notes that the Shorts knew of the risk involved when John decided to go to North Korea.
"I also think his arrest may have something to do with wider issues -- not just the fact that John was carrying religious materials in there," Morgan poses. "So this could be a move by North Korea to kind of affect larger geopolitical issues.”
ICC is calling for international prayer.