North Korea

North Korea: Balloons with Bibles Banned

Since 2005, The Voice of the Martyrs Korea (previously known as Seoul USA) has used balloons as one of the ways to get Bibles and other Christian materials into North Korea. However, the South Korean government has recently passed a new law that will make it illegal to send anything considered “anti-North Korean material” into what is often referred to as “the Hermit Kingdom.” This ban will take effect in three months, which means violators could face up to three years in prison or 30 million won ($35,000 Canadian) in fines. VOM Canada’s Greg Musselman spoke to Dr. Eric Foley, the CEO of The Voice of the Martyrs Korea, to find out how this new law will affect their ministry into North Korea.

Date: December 2020
Length: 23:00
From: The Voice of the Martyrs Canada

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VOMC assists in the education and training of North Korean Christians to enable them to reach fellow North Koreans with the Gospel wherever they are found. VOMC also works with proven ministry partners who are broadcasting quality radio programs to equip and encourage believers of the North Korean underground church.

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Country Information

Population
25,831,360 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese

Religion (%)
Juche (99) Christian (1)

Leader
Kim Jong-Un (2011)

Government type
Dictatorship, single-party state

Legal system
Based on Prussian civil law system with Japanese traditions and Communist legal theory

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for North Korea

Pray for the safety of the country's refugees – including those who are hiding in various parts of China, as they are frequently being hunted by Chinese and North Korean agents. Ask the Lord to also protect and strengthen believers faithfully serving within North Korea, granting them wisdom as they seek ways to effectively communicate the hope of the Gospel so the church can continue to grow. And like the Apostle Paul, may the country's primary political leader, Kim Jong Un, experience a profound life-changing encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ who is longing to extend love, mercy and forgiveness toward him (Acts 9).

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