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North Korea: Letter from Hannah

April 1, 2019

Last year we had the privilege of hosting and being involved in a series of events that featured our friend and North Korean Christian, Hannah. One of those events was Standing Strong, another was the National Youth Ministry Weekend – where 1,000 youth leaders gave her a standing ovation! Hannah shared her story of trauma and hope – a story of the brutality of life in North Korea, coming to faith, escape and finally finding freedom and a home in South Korea.

Since returning home, Hannah has continued to pray for the UK church – and recently she wrote a letter to all those in the UK she met and inspired.

Hannah’s letter

When I listened to the South Korean national anthem for the first time in South Korea, I was astonished that there is a phrase ‘May God keep our country united and preserve our land’.

The happiest thing about living in South Korea is that I can believe and freely worship the Heavenly Father. I realized that South Korea is a country blessed with the power of our Heavenly Father. Nobody starves to death on the street. Nobody worries about what to eat or where to sleep. Life is convenient, the streets are clean. South Koreans are joyful and there is freedom of speech. I discovered there are church crosses anywhere I go in South Korea. This is a country that trusts and loves God.

It was so different from my life in North Korea and China. I was like the people of God, wandering in the desert. But now God has led me to the promised land. God also helped my family and united us. My husband passed away, but my three daughters are in South Korea. We all go to church to worship and thank Him.

I do not have to worry about being captured and being deported back to North Korea. I have a South Korean passport and can travel freely to any country.

I give thanks to my Heavenly Father. In John 8:32, Jesus says that the truth will set us free. I found real happiness in the Lord. I certainly enjoy my life in Christ.

God opened the doors of the prison for Apostle Paul and Peter. While they praised our Heavenly Father, God sent heavenly angels to help them escape. In a way, my family experienced the same miracle in our Lord Jesus that the prison doors were opened and the shackles were untied. We praised and glorified our Heavenly God who answered our prayers in the prison.

My family also thanks God who led my daughter Nari and me to the United Kingdom last year. My prayers were answered. God lifted me, a mere Christian believer. God used me to shake the land of the United Kingdom with the power of the Holy Spirit. After listening to my testimony, believers in the UK cried and gave applause. I was so moved by their prayers and support. I could feel their strong faith and sincere love in Christ.

In every meeting we had in the UK, my daughter and I were welcomed by UK believers. They also prayed for my son who is still in North Korea. I want to thank all of you!

I thank you all who pray for my son. I believe that our prayers will be answered soon, and that I will be able to meet my son who still lives in my old country.

Glory to our Heavenly God,

Hannah from North Korea

Pray now…

  • Pray for Hannah and her family. Especially pray for Hannah’s son, who is still in North Korea. Ask that he would come to know Jesus and find hope.
  • Pray for secret North Korean Christians, hiding their faith because of the risks. Ask they would know God’s love and presence and be able to learn more about Jesus.

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