“The spiritual battle always intensifies when God is doing something amazing.”
These are the words of an Open Doors contact who has worked with North Korean refugees in China for many years. He has asked us to pass on this message to all those who pray for North Korea and ministries like his:
“Please know that your prayers have been answered. Yes, North Korea is still a very dark country and the people suffer day in, day out. Yes, there’s a lot of extra tension because of North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests. But you have to know that never before have I seen so many North Koreans come to faith as nowadays.”
Many North Koreans risk their lives to make the dangerous and illegal journey over the border into China in search of work or food to take back to their families. Others, mainly women and girls, are lured into travelling to China by human traffickers who then sell them into marriage or prostitution. But it’s in China that many North Koreans hear the gospel for the first time.
Open Doors runs safe houses in China where North Korean refugees can receive food and care, as well as having the opportunity to hear about Jesus.
North Korea is ranked at number one on the Open Doors 2017 World Watch List. Imprisonment, torture, death: this is what you risk if you decide to follow Jesus in North Korea.
The family that has ruled North Korea for three generations are worshipped like gods, and any suggestion that there is a higher authority than the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is immediately crushed. Tens of thousands of Christians are incarcerated in horrific labour camps, and thousands more keep their faith in Christ a complete secret – often their own family members do not know of their faith.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.