2017 The Bridge Conference Summary with Francis Chan.




2018 Conference: Coming Soon
Summer, 2018

2018 Policy Day: Washington, DC
Summer, 2018

Saddleback Church

International Christian Concern partnered with Saddleback Church to put on 2017’s The Bridge. Hundreds joined us on June 2 & 3, 2017 in greater Los Angeles, where we gathered the Church, government officials, nonprofits and concerned citizens to focus on breaking the chains of the persecuted in North Korea.

Additionally, on May 24 ICC hosted a Policy Day on Capitol Hill where we discussed the major human rights challenges facing the people of North Korea and possible solutions. Members of Congress, policy experts, activists and those with first-hand experience with the issues joined us.

2017 Speakers

Rick Warren

Leading evangelical pastor and author best known for “The Purpose Driven Life”. Founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.

Hyeonseo Lee

North Korean defector and New York Times best selling author of The Girl With Seven Names. Best known for her TED Talk “Why I Escaped from North Korea” with 7 million views.

Ted Cruz

US Senator from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate. (Policy Day)

Francis Chan

Best-selling author of “Crazy Love,” “Forgotten God,” and “You and Me Forever.” Currently planting churches in the San Francisco area (wearechurch.com).

Chris Smith

US 18-term congressman from New Jersey’s 4th congressional district.
(Policy Day)

Joseph Kim

North Korean defector and rights activist. Known for his TED Talk, “The Family I Lost in North Korea. And the Family I Gained” with 2 million views.
(Policy Day & SoCal)

Ed Royce

US Representative for California’s 39th District, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
(Policy Day and SoCal).

Senator James Lankford

US Senator from Oklahoma.
(Policy Day Guest & video for SoCal)

Johnnie Moore

Speaker, author, and former campus pastor at world’s largest Christian university. Former VP under Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. CEO of The KAIROS Company.

Hannah Song LiNK

Hannah Song

CEO of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), an organization that runs underground shelters, fact-finding missions and refugee resettlement.

 Congressman “Lou” Correa

US congressman for California’s 46th District, representing the city of Anaheim.

Greg Scarlatoui

Executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C.

Bruce Klingner

CIA’s deputy division chief for Korea and senior research fellow of Heritage Foundation.

Han Gee Hee

Han Gee Hee defected in 2002 and had to walk through the Gobi desert. When she finally made it to South Korea she became a sound engineer for Free North Korea Radio.

Choi Jeong-hun

He served as a Platoon Sergeant and Political Officer in the North Korean government until he defected through a turn of events. He now runs North Korea People’s Liberation Front.

Suzanne Scholte

Chair of North Korea Freedom Coalition.

Peter Jung

Founder of Justice for North Korea, pastor, and advocate for North Korean human rights issues and defectors.

Lee Han-Byeol

Director of the Improving North Korean Human Rights Center, and a defector from North Korea.

T. Kumar

T. Kumar is the International Advocacy Director of Amnesty International USA.
(Policy Day)

Mervyn Thomas

CEO of British advocacy NGO, Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Dr. Erick Schenkel

Executive director of The JESUS Film Project, who has an amazing testimony of personal persecution.

Todd Nettleton

Host of The Voice of the Martyrs radio show and author of “Restricted Nations: North Korea.”

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of “Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.”
(Policy Day)

Dr. David Curry

President, Open Doors, USA

Park Sang Hak

North Korean defector and democracy activist. Chairman of Fighters for a Free North Korea.

Paul Gi Hong Han

Senior pastor of Grace Ministries International. GMI is an influential Korean-American megachurch based in Fullerton, CA.

Dan Chung

Executive director and co-founder of Crossing Borders, a non-profit which assists North Korean refugees in China.

Jeff King

President of International Christian Concern, formerly with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). Expert on persecution and author of the book Islam Uncensored.

2017 Participating Organizations


Session & Workshop Topics

Persecution Overview

Understand the history and present situation on the ground for Christians in North Korea but also in the Middle East et al.

Mobilizing Your Church

How to get your church to care about and be involved with fighting persecution.


Hear first-hand stories from North Korean defectors regarding their struggles, their journey, and what it took to survive after they’ve escaped the prison state.

The Call

Get inspired by the persecuted Church. Listen to the call for revival from the persecuted Church.


Unite with believers to intercede that God will break the chains of the persecuted in North Korea and will demolish the strongholds of the prison state.


Who, what, where, and how to get involved in bringing the Gospel to DPRK.


Meet the organizations, Churches, and Mission Agencies that are working on the ground. Find out how to connect and work with the persecuted.


Campaign to move the US government to action with specific calls to action.