North Korea has topped the Open Doors World Watch List for 12 years running. Around a third of North Korea’s 100,000-strong Christian population are thought to be labouring in concentration camps, while tens of thousands of citizens have defected to neighbouring countries. But, Rev Eric Foley, co-founder of Seoul USA, says that despite intense persecution, North Korean Christians are remaining steadfast and sharing their faith. He describes North Korean Christians as “the most battle-hardened, tested and proven true of any we meet.”
“Even in the concentration camps, which are often thought to be places of hopelessness, Christians have, for more than a generation, been engaging in discipleship and evangelism. They regard it as part of their mission field. We always want to emphasise that North Korean Christians are not in retreat, but have continued for more than 60 years to advance the Gospel with great success.”
“I’ve never met a casual Christian in North Korea! North Koreans insist that they receive everything they need from God in order to be faithful. So they say: ‘Don’t pray for us, pray with us. God will find us faith where he calls us, and he will provide’. What a challenge that is for us!” Foley says.
Source: Christian Today
BIBLE STUDY: Psalm 79:9-13
PRAISE: God that the Church of Christ remains strong even where Satan is intent on destroying it.