March 23rd #chinadiary

A raging blizzard delays the planned departure for Peking (Beijing) but Carl and the group still manage to get out and about. The head of the Korean YM gave a talk in the evening, which convinces Carl that the Japanese-Korean situation is clearly "a pent up volcano" (in fact, it wasn't until Japan's surrender to Allied forces in 1945 that they relinquished control over Korean territory).

Carl is clearly moved by the plight of the Korean people and he makes a strong statement about his Christian belief and the challenge to authority that he then believed it represents: "Thank God Christianity is always a force to be feared by autocratic power. I hope it always will be a force to be feared by autocratic power..."