Perhaps one of the most hidden and misunderstood regions of the world is the land that we call North Korea, the communist run country occupying the upper part of the Korean peninsula. From time to time that nation is thrust into the headlines, most recently when its rulers detonated an underground nuclear explosion within its tightly guarded borders. That event has caused an international uproar, further isolating North Korea from the global community.
Unimaginable Conditions Faced By Most
For nearly six decades, North Koreans have been living under the harsh control of its leaders, unable to communicate with the rest of the world and often deprived of life’s essentials. Indeed, at one point during the 1990s, things got so bad there that massive starvation took place with at least two million people believed to have died. All during that time the North Korean government maintained and expanded its military strength, threatening war with its neighbors.
Truly, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is as close to visibly embodying satanic cruelty as any nation is in modern times.
Open Doors ministry, which was founded by evangelist and Bible smuggler Andrew van der Bijl (Brother Andrew), has been keeping track of what is going on behind the Korean iron curtain especially as pertains to Christian believers residing there. Yes, followers of Jesus Christ are very active in the two Koreas with most living in the democratic south prospering financially while those in the repressive north fighting and praying for their survival.
Interceding For Those Who Don’t Yet Know Jesus
But, their own welfare isn’t a priority for North Korean Christians, rather they are concerned about their country’s instability and the impact that it is having on their fellow citizens. Open Doors has learned that leaders of the underground church have launched a prayer campaign for evangelism and have asked Christians in the west to stand with them in prayer as they evangelize and endure hardship.
Korean Christians are becoming more united even as the noose of persecution tightens. Open Doors has recognized North Korea as being the top persecuting nation for the past seven years and has been singled out by the U.S. State Department as being one of eight “countries of particular concern” when it comes to the assault on religious liberties.
North Korea’s Leader Fears Christians
Kim Jong-Il, the cult-like dictator currently ruling North Korea is rightfully concerned that Korean Christians could do for his country what they did for Eastern Europe – pray that the spiritual and political walls of oppression fall.
“Christians in North Korea are suffering terribly for their faith. Of the estimated 200,000 in political prison camps, an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 are Christians,” says Open Doors USA President/CEO Carl Moeller. “Now with the firing of several missiles and the on-going war footing, the scrutiny of believers has increased.
“What an awesome testimony that Christians inside North Korea have started a prayer campaign for evangelizing the entire country. We need to keep them in our prayers as they risk their lives for their faith.”
A pastor inside North Korea writes: “We thank God there are so many people who are praying for our country. Your prayers strengthen the Christians in North Korea.”
Let’s Keep Them In Prayer!
I’m in awe of God and I admire believers who lay it all on the line in order to advance His kingdom to the very ends of the earth. Let’s lift up our fellow believers in North Korea to Father God as well as all believers who are suffering for their faith. Together, we can turn back the kingdom of darkness, asking God to shine the light of Jesus Christ on the afflicted and breaking every stronghold.
Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name – Revelation 3:12 (NIV)
To learn more about the plight of our fellow believers, please visit the website of Open Doors USA.
Source: Open Doors USA
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