In the aftermath of WWII, following partition of the Korean peninsula, the North adopted communism and following the Korean War closed to the world. Today it’s so poor that many live in perpetual starvation, something inconceivable in Australia where an excess of food has led to widespread obesity.
Yet for all its grinding poverty North Korea still manages to petulantly fire ballistic missiles in defiance at the world!
Religion is rigidly controlled, North Koreans are expected to follow Juche (self reliance) and Christianity is illegal. The penalty for being discovered to be Christian or just being caught owning a bible, is imprisonment in harsh labour camps, where many are so meagrely fed they’re literally worked to death.
An estimated 70,000 Christians languish in these dreadful prisons.
Such is the nightmare of life in North Korea that many risk their lives making perilous border crossings to escape.
South Korean man Kim Jung-Wook has been sentenced to hard labour for life, for attempting to establish house churches. Please pray for him. Many others have been imprisoned merely on suspicion of assisting him.
Yet regardless not only are North Korean Christians persevering in their faith, but the church has seen phenomenal growth.
Pray God will sustain and bless those who at such great personal and family cost follow Christ in North Korea.
Pray also that Kim Jong-Un will repent and bring about major political change, end the brutal treatment of Christians, and see to it that all those in prison are set free.