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North Korea: Letter from a secret believer

November 9, 2020

Mi-Ok (not her real name) is over 70, but don’t let her age make you think she’s passed it. She’s an incredible lady, part of a family of secret Christians that spans well over 100 years!

Her parents served in the underground church for decades. Earlier this year Mi-Ok managed to get to China where she visited an Open Doors safe house and received food, support and pastoral care. After she was strengthened physically and spiritually, she went back to North Korea. Just before she left, she wrote a thank you letter to the people who took care of her, and the brothers and sisters she has never met (people like you) who have made safe-houses like the one she stayed in possible.


I am Mi-Ok from North Korea.

I cannot find the words to express how grateful my heart is, how great and how amazing God’s grace is upon me.

The only thing I can say is ‘Thank you so much’. I am less worthy than an insect who crawls on the ground, but God pours out His grace over me. I’m just overwhelmed. When I received food, clothes, medicines and other living supplies from you, I just cried out so much.

I feel so thankful to God’s amazing love. As you know, this wasn’t my first time in China. But this time I saw, felt and realized so many things. I’ve always believed I was already a Christian since I was conceived in my mothers womb. My family and my ancestors are such faithful believers and I followed in their footsteps. But it was only now that I learned how many people have been praying for us, the North Korean believers, and for our country. I am amazed that so many people care for us.

My father and my mother served the underground church secretly. Even though we all experienced much suffering and persecution, my parents raised me and my siblings as Christians. I have kept the faith so far through your powerful prayers!

Thanks to your prayers, I could experience the love of God. It has been more than a century since Korea was divided [A reference to the Japanese colonisation of Korea in 1905 and the Communist take-over in North Korea after World War Two]. Without the love of Jesus Christ, how could I have experienced the love of God?

After I go back to my country, I do not know what kind of sufferings I may face. But I promise that I will keep my faith until the last day of my life.

Please pray for me to be able to stand firmly. Also pray for North Korea to be the country freed in Christ. I will miss you so much when we are physically apart. However, I will be looking forward to meeting you soon and to worshiping God with loud voices in an Korea that’s unified by Christ’s love.

Thank you so much again. I will remember you in my prayers even when I go back to North Korea. If possible, come to my house. I will serve you a large portion of corn rice!

I pray that you will stay healthy. In Christ, I say ‘Goodbye’.


What an amazing lady! Please pray for Mi-Ok today:

  • Thank God for Mi-Ok and her incredible family who have served God for decades
  • Pray that she’ll stand firm, that her needs are met and that she remains safe
  • Pray that North Korea will open up to the good news of Jesus
  • Pray she’d be a light in dark times and lead many others to Jesus

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