Today in OPC History

History Image

October 22

Bruce Hunt

On October 22, 1941, OPC missionary Bruce Hunt was arrested and imprisoned in Manchuria by Japanese occupying forces. As his prison memoir, For a Testimony, recounts, Hunt's sufferings included solitary confinement, the lack of food and water, and the discomfort of sleeping on a hard floor in freezing weather with a cloak as his only blanket. The 38 year old father of five was released on December 5, after 45 days of imprisonment. While reluctantly preparing to return to the States, he was arrested again two days later, in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack. He was then sent to a concentration camp, where he grew weak and sick from semi-starvation. Six months latter he was finally freed as part of a prisoner exchange.

After the conclusion of World War II, Hunt returned to Korea where he and his wife Kathy would serve as OPC missionaries for thirty years until their retirement in 1976.

Picture: Bruce and Kathy Hunt visiting the OPC Japan mission in the mid-1960s.

- 2016

Return to Formatted Page