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Re: The Family Hijacks Time Magazine Article

Posted by moonshiner on April 26, 2006 at 13:10:07

In Reply to: Re: The Family Hijacks Time Magazine Article posted by CB on April 26, 2006 at 10:46:40:

THE FOLLOWING POSTS ABOUT TIM PETERS ARE FROM GENX ARCHIVE #019 I remembered this conversation so looked it up and posted it here in its entirety.

Is this The Family? – Posted by sleuth on Mar 09, '05 21:14

Tuesday, March 8, 2005


By Jeremy Reynalds
Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

SEOUL,KOREA (ANS) -- A 10-year-old North Korean refugee boy hiding in China made a life-and-death gamble to cross the China-Mongolian border under the cover of darkness. (Pictured: Yoo Chul Min).

For a North Korean, reaching Mongolia safely means putting to rest the constant fear of being arrested in China and getting sent back to North Korea.

The boy’s name was Yoo Chul Min and his courageous decision resulted in a heart-rending tragedy.

Tim Peters, the Project Manager of Helping Hands (a Family Care Foundation (FCF) Project) in Seoul, Korea knew the boy a little and told the story of his courageous but tragic bid for freedom.

Writing on the FCF web site (, Peters said that Chul Min joined five other North Koreans, also desperate for freedom. However, Peters wrote, Chul Min and his companions became disoriented during the 26 hours they spent in the desert-like conditions of the Mongolian frontier.

According to Peters, years of gradual malnutrition in North Korea had weakened Chul Min's body to such an extent that the normal resistance to the elements present in a healthy preteen boy just weren’t there.

As a result, Peters said, Chul Min died from exhaustion and exposure. His body was carried across the Mongolian border by an adult refugee once the remaining members of the team regained their bearings.

Peters said he briefly met Chul Min in the course of his work with Helping Hands Korea. At that time, Peters wrote, Chul Min was under the protection of Korean missionaries in the Yenbian (ethnic Chinese-Korean region) district of northeast China.

“I remember noticing how withdrawn this boy was,” Peters wrote. “Because he had lived in China for over a year, he did not immediately strike me as malnourished and his clothes were clean. I noticed with some amusement that he would never take off his baseball cap, even inside the house of my friend. My curiosity grew into a little personal challenge to spend some time with him, and see if I could find a way to break through that shell of suspicion of foreigners and get a friendship started.”

Peters said he was told by the people caring for Chul Min that the boy was very studious and doing well in a Chinese elementary school.

“One day .... I happened to spot on the missionary's bookshelf the Korean version of a book that I had read countless times with my own five children, in English, as they were growing up, ‘The Picture Bible,’” Peters wrote.

“Despite his initial reluctance to sit down next to a dreaded American, Chul Min's curiosity about the book seemed to get the upper hand,” Peters wrote, “and soon we were leafing through the wonderfully illustrated volume together and he was eagerly reading the Korean text aloud. It became the bridge for what I hoped would be a real friendship. Little did I realize at that time that death was only a month away for my little newfound friend.”


Helping Hands Korea, Peters said, is determined to prevent the recurrence of this tragedy in the lives of other North Korean children.

With that in mind, the ministry has developed a two-pronged project that assists North Korean refugees, especially children and teenagers, in China and other countries to which they have fled.

Peters wrote, “My wife and I have made three trips to the refugee area, including two times with a doctor to provide medical care as well as financial and moral support.”

He added, “We continue to help support highly transparent humanitarian aid projects within hard-hit regions of North Korea itself, provided the deliveries of foodstuffs, medicine, etc. can be verified with accuracy.”


In written testimony before the U.S. House Committee on International Relations’ Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific (, Peters provided some background on the approximately 300,000 North Korean refugees who live fearfully in China.

“Driven by famine and an oppressive social system, a growing stream of North Koreans drained from every current of North Korean society risk their lives to furtively cross the watery borders of the Tumen and Yalu Rivers to China,” Peters said.

“For the fortunate few who evade capture by border patrols on the adjoining river banks,” Peters said, “the mirage of China as a safe haven quickly fades in the glare of enforcement policies of a security apparatus perpetually on high-alert for any uncontrolled population movements on its borders, particularly from impoverished North Korea.

Peters told the House Subcommittee that at best, China provides only a “brief respite” from the everyday hunger and repression that are routine in North Korea.

“With their clothing still wet from the river crossing,” Peters continued, “refugees are typically dismayed to discover that China is far less a ‘light at the end of a dark tunnel’ than a ‘no-man’s land’ fraught with sudden new perils in the form of betrayal, capture, and rampant human trafficking. The dangers do not end there.”

Peters said, “Refugees dread interception by their nation’s own secret police who roam China freely, tracking down refugees—either to do away with them on the spot or drag them back to prisons in North Korea.”

According to its website, FCF provides humanitarian services and support and training to grassroots organizations in developing countries.

To find out more information about Helping Hands Korea go to To learn more about FCF go to

Jeremy Reynalds is a freelance writer and the founder and director of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, or He has a master's degree in communication from the University of New Mexico and is a candidate for the Ph.D. in intercultural education at Biola University in Los Angeles. He is married with five children and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at Tel: (505) 877-6967 or (505) 400-7145. Note: A black and white JPEG picture of Jeremy Reynalds is available on request from Dan Wooding at

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on March 09, 2005 at 22:44:03

Yes it is
Posted by Ancaru on March 09, 2005 at 21:52:44

In Reply to: Is this The Family? posted by sleuth on March 09, 2005 at 21:14:34:

I don't know if they are still FD, but Tim & Rejoice have been in Korea for a long time. His wife is South Korean and as of the late 80's, she was The Family's only Korean disciple.

In Reply to: Is this The Family? posted by sleuth on March 09, 2005 at 21:14:34:

Friends, this is a sad situation of a good man associated with a bad group.

Tim Peters is a long-time Family member who has lived for decades in South Korea. I've met him on several occasions while he was visiting Japan for various meetings in the 80's. He's a hard worker and, to the best of my knowledge, a bona fide true Christian. He has given his life to Korea and he has been a friend to me in the past.

I have no idea as to his present situation and his current status with TF. but I know he is a sincere man. What is sad is that because of his association with FCF and FCF's link to TF he now stands in jeopardy of losing any FCF support in the future. He also stands to have his good work tainted by the exposure of his affiliation with the FCF and, thus, indirectly with TF.

This is a case of 'guilty by association'. His hard labor of many years could evaporate overnight just because of Berg's and Zerby's insistence to never yield to the truth of their sordid past.

Tim, if you happen to read this, I feel sorry for you and can only hope that you will, as quickly as possible, distance yourself from FCF and TF by coming out publicly and condemning their lying and evasive tactics and twisted doctrines. You might just be able to salvage your work of many years there in Korea by going on the offensive now and taking a hard and good stand against TF before the media unfolds your association and your work severely damaged, at the least, or totally lost, at the most.

I would like to say to all current Family FGA members that they seriously consider their longtime relationship with Maria and Peter. Rising up to condemn them now and to demand their abdication from leadership and either totally disassociating yourselves from them or voting in new leaders from the grass roots, people true to Christ, might be a very wise thing at this point in time. It is not too late to turn things around, to realize that you've been hoodwinked and tricked, deceived and used.

Tim, I love you and hope that you are doing well and continuing to fight the good fight of faith. –John

Re: Guilty by Association
Posted by Daniel Roselle on March 11, 2005 at 00:15:23

In Reply to: Guilty by Association posted by John La Mattery (Sr) on March 09, 2005 at 22:44:03:

Somewhere around three years ago I warned Tim Peters through a third party that his continued involvement with FCF and TF could have a detrimental effect on his work with North Korean refugees. I respect his work with that demographic and consider it a shame that he should risk it by his continued association with The Family International and FCF. If he remains attached to them and and his work suffers as a consequence it is his responsibility as he has recieved fair warning.

Daniel Roselle

Re: Guilty by Association
Posted by Deb on March 11, 2005 at 01:11:33

In Reply to: Re: Guilty by Association posted by Daniel Roselle on March 11, 2005 at 00:15:23:

And what third party, exactly, would this be, Daniel? Are you talking about me? If we have such history, why didn't you just warn him yourself, if you're so concerned? Interesting question...

He got warned (NT)
Posted by That's what matters on March 11, 2005 at 06:43:17

In Reply to: Re: Guilty by Association posted by Deb on March 11, 2005 at 01:11:33:

Re: He got warned
Posted by Deb on March 11, 2005 at 07:28:36

In Reply to: He got warned (NT) posted by That's what matters on March 11, 2005 at 06:43:17:

Or maybe not...

He's Been Warned
Posted by John La Mattery (Sr) on March 11, 2005 at 09:41:53

In Reply to: Re: He got warned posted by Deb on March 11, 2005 at 07:28:36:

Well, please warn him then Deb! I've sent an e-mail to him warning him and perhaps you could warn him now if you didn't before.

About Tim Peters
Posted by Coordinator on March 10, 2005 at 06:38:49

In Reply to: Guilty by Association posted by John La Mattery (Sr) on March 09, 2005 at 22:44:03:

Posted by Sleuth on March 10, 2005 at 10:59:59

In Reply to: About Tim Peters posted by Coordinator on March 10, 2005 at 06:38:49:

The fact that he openly supports TF shows that he is a subsriber to Berg's hurtful, damaging, sinful and destructive doctrines. He may be doing a good work, but he is also blindly being responsible for the damage caused by Berg's and Maria's controlling and incestuous doctrines. He needs to know this. All F. members need to know this. They cannot keep hiding under rocks and deceiving the public. They need to come clean. We did.

Re: About Tim Peters
Posted by John La Mattery (Sr) on March 10, 2005 at 07:40:35

In Reply to: About Tim Peters posted by Coordinator on March 10, 2005 at 06:38:49:

Thanks for posting this information on Tim. Let's hope he comes to his senses before the house of Berg falls in upon him. He's a hard worker, no doubt about that, and a sincere man. But, so was (and still am) I. It takes time or other pressures to wake each of us up to the reality of our delusions. Let's hope Tim wakes up real soon.

Re: About Tim Peters
Posted by Passing By on March 10, 2005 at 08:52:59

In Reply to: Re: About Tim Peters posted by John La Mattery (Sr) on March 10, 2005 at 07:40:35:

I appreciate the friendship I received from Family members when in The Family. When the crunch came and I left some former "good people" showed that whatever they were, friendship had not part in it. A few did show real human and even divine concern and compasion and to them I am grateful.

My point is that any people associated with The Family, in whatever category, are part of their sins. Many (maybe ALL) FMs deny belonging to The Family International yet they still are. There is no wide gray line here but a thin line and some people may pretend to have left TFI but have not.

Re: About Tim Peters
Posted by exer on March 10, 2005 at 12:31:24

In Reply to: Re: About Tim Peters posted by Passing By on March 10, 2005 at 08:52:59:

The thing is that FMs can't necesarily see the handwriting on the wall & they don't know how serious it is this time. They don't know this time is really it & they don't know this is really the time to get out.

what did ws prophecies say about the exers this time? something about how it would be a limited persecution & then die away?

yeah, well
Posted by Acheick on March 10, 2005 at 13:23:31

In Reply to: Re: About Tim Peters posted by exer on March 10, 2005 at 12:31:24:

they better wake up and smell the coffee. They are ignoring the tsunami of SGAs that are going to bring them to task, and there are plenty of FGs ready to stand with them, so TF better wake up and take stock before they are found wanting and left destitute. Enough is enough of their lies and shenanagins.