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North Korea: Secret letter shows how Christians communicate in code…

February 8, 2021

North Korea has been at the top of the World Watch List for twenty years in a row, meaning it’s the most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian. It’s so dangerous to be a follower of Jesus in North Korea that communication between fieldworkers and secret believers often has to be done using code.

With your support and prayers, Open Doors fieldworkers are keeping 90,000 North Korean believers alive with vital food and aid through networks in China, as well as providing shelter and training for North Korean refugees in China.

To make this happen, our North Korean brothers and sisters often communicate with fieldworkers in hidden and secret ways. Below is an excerpt from a secret letter written by a North Korean believer, who has created a story to explain their current situation. But to help you understand the meaning of the story, you need to know who all the characters are. So, here goes…

  • The owner of the dog signifies the North Korean government
  • The mother dog is the church leader
  • The puppies are the pastored believers
  • and the strange medicine represents aid from you, their Christian family across the world


Image: Fishermen in a river on the border of North Korea and China

The secret letter

“Once upon a time, there was a mother dog. The mother dog fed the puppies but could not feed itself. Slowly the mother dog suffered malnutrition and was infected with a disease. Soon, the owner abandoned the mother dog. While it was waiting to die, somebody had put a strange medicine next to it and it cured itself with that.

“When it returned to its home, it could not find its puppies. It was sad but it bore puppies again and became useful to the owner. Nowadays, the mother dog and new puppies often run into dangerous situations, but they are happier than ever to be together. They are deeply grateful to the people who had left the strange medicine earlier on, and they decide to fight today’s fight and maintain a strong spirit and body for the sake of those who had left them the medicine. The story will go on.”

It’s difficult not to be able to communicate openly – but praise God for the creativity and ingenuity of this North Korean believer. And, as a fieldworker we call Peter says, “We need to remember our brothers and sisters. We must continue our work until North Korea is restored and overflows with holy worship and praise!”

Thank you so much for faithfully standing with our brothers and sisters from North Korea. Please keep praying.

Pray now…

  • For the protection, provision, strength and spiritual growth of all North Korean believers
  • That the gospel will never stop spreading across generations in North Korea
  • That the day will soon arrive when the name of Jesus Christ can be praised openly in North Korea.

What you can do now…

Want to respond and help your persecuted family around the world? Try these things:

  1. Get our World Watch List prayer map and resources to learn more and pray regularly. Do that here…
  2. Blackout during lent – get sponsored to give up something you love for a short time in the run up to Easter and raise money and prayer for those who have lost everything because of their faith in Jesus. Sign up here…

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