"Trusting God in the Silences"
Executive Director, Christian Friends of Korea (CFK), volunteered with CFK from its founding in 1995, and has served as CFK’s Executive Director since 2002. In the last 27 years, more than 200 people (150 Americans and 67 internationals) have participated on 91 visits to the DPRK. CFK teams have visited every province while delivering over $98 Million USD in aid (including food, medicine, medical supplies and equipment, renovations and technical upgrades, clean water, agricultural supplies and equipment, and other goods).
Prior to Covid, CFK engaged in long-term work at approximately 35 tuberculosis, hepatitis and other healthcare facilities. From 2015-2019, CFK led a partnership effort that piloted and initiated modern hepatitis B and C diagnostics and treatment programs in the DPRK, including the full renovation and equipping of 2 solar-powered diagnostic labs. Regular clinics were held in 5 locations. Nearly 3,000 patients were screened and 2,000 started on antiviral treatment.
CFK’s multi-disciplinary teams usually made 4 three-week long visits to the DPRK every year to confirm delivery of all shipments and to engage in technical projects. Work scope included: extensive travel to care centers confirming delivery of humanitarian goods, staff training, installation of solar-gravity clean water systems and/or renovations of care centers, and delivery of treatment clinics hosted for hepatitis B and/or C patients.
Heidi holds a Master’s Degree from New York University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington. Heidi and her husband, Andrew Linton (a co-founder of CFK) have three grown children, two grandchildren, and live in North Carolina.