Leader: Kim Jong-Un
Population: 25.7 million (Up to 300,000 Christians)
World Watch List Rank: 1
“I threw the book across the room. I had shivers throughout my body. And I was so very afraid. I thought: ‘Wow, we’re all dead now.’”
Kim Sang-Hwa became a Christian as a teenager in North Korea after finding her parents secret, illegal Bible
North Korea is the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. Christians face arrest, torture, imprisonment and death for daring to believe there is a higher authority than the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Many follow Jesus in secret; parents often don’t even tell their children about their faith for fear they will be revealed. Thousands of other Christians are trapped in horrific labour camps and isolated closed villages. But despite the risks, North Koreans are still choosing to follow Christ.
Main threats to Christians:
We estimate that around 300,000 Christians in North Korea. However, it’s difficult to get an exact figure, as Christians in North Korea must keep their faith completely secret.
Of those, we estimate that between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are imprisoned in terrible labour camps – simply for choosing to follow Jesus. And yet, despite the risks, the church in North Korea is slowly but steadily growing.
You are God. No one is like you. No ruler. No nation. You are bigger, stronger and more powerful. Have Your way in North Korea. Bring an end to evil. Bring hope and love. Holy Spirit, strengthen those 400,000 secret Christians. Give them ways to learn more about You. Provide Bibles and materials. Give them courage. Let their actions shine You to all they meet. Help them stick with You through trial and pain. Help me use my freedom to live loudly for You.
Other things to pray for…
Open Doors secret workers are keeping 60,000 North Korean believers alive with vital food and aid, as well smuggling in illegal Bibles, broadcasting Christian radio programmes and running safe houses at the Chinese border for those who are able to escape.
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