Hello Reader Friends. David here. We praise the Lord for the recent release of Australian Missionary John Short from North Korea! (See Dee’s note after my post.)
In February 2014, the world news shouted that North Korea had been found guilty of crimes against humanity. Really? Christian watch groups have been saying this for years!
Even with American citizens held in the brutal gulags, the evils of North Korea’s communist regime have been yawned at for many years. The terror has been “contained” inside the borders. Sadly, many Westerners may think of torture and starvation as a “political issue,” as Dennis Rodman recently called it after his visit there.
It’s Not a Political Issue!
Some reports say that more than fifty thousand Christians are held in North Korean prisons and labor camps. Their sentences (for things like owning Bibles) are high (twenty years), and their life expectancy is low (five years).
When the world calls it a “political issue,” Christians know better. We “remember the prisoners” (Hebrews 13:3) and suffer beside them. We reach out with gifts, prayer, medical aid, and hot air Scripture balloons. While others are silent, God’s people cry out to God.
Suffer With Them
For years, I have written novels and short stories to highlight the deplorable conditions and treatment of believers in North Korea. In Dark Liaison, COIL Book #1, there’s a moving scene involving North Korean believers. Sea Scribe is focused on a covert mission in underground North Korea. And these short stories are based on North Korea: “Any Season” and “Killing Orders.”
Treatment in NK is brutal, savage, and numbing, my friends. But let us mourn with those who mourn, and not yawn with those who yawn. Let’s cry out to God on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters, and bow ourselves low before the throne of our Lord!
See you on your knees,
NOTE from Dee: Recent email from VOM with a true story about North Korea—
North Korea Update, Invasion of the Gospel: VOM Launches Another Scripture Invasion
Under cover of darkness, a boat carefully navigates the currents off the coast of North Korea. Onboard, a simple farmer from the “Hermit Kingdom” is about his Father’s business. He is nearly 80 years old and is wearing a neatly pressed suit and necktie. He prays for an unseen congregation as he drops another scripture leaflet into the icy waters. His name is Mr. “Yu.”
“I pray over every gospel leaflet I throw into the sea. I pray for those that will read them as they wash up on shore. This is now my profession, the most important task of my life.” —Mr. Yu
It may seem strange that an uneducated farmer now wears a suit and tie to toss gospel tracts into the sea at night. But for Mr. Yu it is a matter of honor and respect. As an ambassador of Christ, he offers his best.
Since the founding of The Voice of the Martyrs, we have been involved in this unique ministry at various times. Today, the launches are more frequent than ever and are being conducted by North Koreans themselves. These gospel-tract launches are just one way they are reaching out to their countrymen with the love of Christ.
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Visit these articles for more about North Korea:
- Open Doors World Watchlist-NK
- Missionary John Short released from NK
- Unspeakable Atrocities in North Korea
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY, we have David Telbat’s Author Reflection, “Survival Part II: Personal Condition.”