Welcome Reader Friends! Today we have David Telbat’s fictional entry in “Journal of a North Korean Assassin.” This helps to remind us of the persecution faced by some of our Christian brothers and sisters in other lands.
Journal of a North Korean Assassin
by D.I. Telbat
I have been stationed along the Tumen River between China and North Korea for eight years. As ordered, I have shot anyone trying to escape into China. Those I did not shoot, I captured. And those I captured were tortured and sent to die with their families in the prisons.
Recently, I saw a man crossing the river from China. I had heard of smugglers coming into North Korea with Bibles—a Party-condemned text. It is said that the Bible is evil and encourages citizens to revolt. I waited for this smuggler so I could capture or shoot him. As he came closer, I saw that he was Korean. He came right to me when I called to him. I had my rifle aimed at his chest. He said, “I am ready to die if I must. Jesus Christ has given me strength.”
I lowered my rifle and checked the banks of the Tumen to ensure that my commander was not near to witness my insurrection. Before that day, I had never heard of Jesus Christ, but I knew He must be someone important. North Korea is full of weakness and suffering, but here was a man willing to die because he claimed Someone had made him strong.
This man continues to live in secret. We never talk when we see each other at the river, and I have never asked for his name. I make sure the river crossing is safe for him, then when I give him the signal, he passes. Why I risk my life and my family’s life for this man, I do not know.
In a few days, this smuggler will pass my way again as he returns to North Korea. I will ask him about his God. Is there a way I can have strength like this man? Is his God angry with me because I have killed His followers? I must know. If He is not too angry, I will be a follower of Him as well—in secret, of course.
Learn about real Persecuted Christians in North Korea at Open Doors .
This story was inspired by a character and theme in Sea Scribe. Click the title link to learn more about this covert Christian mission suspense. You may also enjoy another short story based on North Korea titled, “Killing Orders.”