When he revived and sought safety at an acquaintance’s house, he was turned over to the Communists. Only the sudden appearance of an American ship off the island coast saved him this time, for the Communist soldiers hurried away to the battle.
Kim hid out in the countryside until the South Korean army captured the island. The Communists who had killed his wife and father were arrested. Because it was wartime, the police chief had authority to execute without a trial. But as the chief prepared to kill the men, Kim pleaded, "Spare them. They were forced to kill."
The police chief showed great surprise. "It was your family they killed! Why do you now want to spare their lives?"
Kim replied, "Because the Lord, whose I am and whom I serve, would have me show mercy to them."
The Communists were spared execution because of Kim’s plea. News of his action spread among other Communist supporters in the area. When Kim later climbed a mountain to preach to Communists hiding out, he was not killed.
Many of the Communists became Christians, and when Kim finally left the island there was a flourishing church of 108 members.