Their God Is Dead in North Korea
Is God Dead in North Korea?
by Steven Lear
North Korea has long been one of the darkest and most isolated nations on earth, especially for believers. Kim Il Sung became “Great Leader” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948, after communists took control in the north. Almost immediately, he closed all churches and set out to eradicate Christianity. An estimated 300,000 Christians disappeared, and about 100,000 more were sent to labor camps. Nearly all pastors and priests were executed, adding to the number of martyrs who cry out to God for judgment.
North Koreans are still required to worship Kim Il Sung with all their heart and might, even after his death, according to article 1, section 1, of the party covenant. This practice continued with Kim Il Sung's son, “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il, who died on Dec. 17, 2011.
For more than half a century, North Koreans have been brainwashed to pour all their faith into the words and actions of the two Kims. At the 2011 funeral for Kim Jong Il, mourners could be heard asking, “How could you leave us? What are we supposed to do without you?”
On state TV, a soldier declared, “The people, the mountains, the streams and the heavens are weeping tears of blood for having to bid the final farewell.” But tears and blood are all too familiar to North Koreans, especially Christians, and North Korea’s martyrs continue to cry out for God to avenge their blood.
North Korean Defector Relies on Christ to Survive
Yang, a North Korean exile, escaped to South Korea after facing severe persecution for her beliefs. She faced beatings, rape, and imprisonment, but managed to escape to South Korea in 2006. Watch the account of Yang's escape to safety, and be inspired by her continued determination to share the message of salvation to others in North Korea.
Please remember to pray for imprisoned and persecuted North Korean Christians, and pray for Yang to remain encouraged and determined to share the gospel.
North Korean Death Camps Proven to Exist
North Korea won’t admit it, but new satellite photos prove the existence of labor camps, camps that cover hundreds of square miles each. These camps are not unlike Hitler’s concentration camps, and those incarcerated suffer brutal conditions. Prisoners subsist on anything they can find — “rats, frogs, snakes and insects” according to one survivor. They labor for 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Most eventually perish before age 50. Half of the prisoners die from starvation or malnutrition while the rest succumb to exhaustion, disease and torture.
Survivors, witnesses and defectors have confirmed the existence of six large camps, but many more are thought to be secreted throughout the isolated nation. Family members of political prisoners within three generations are also sent to the camps to “root out class enemies,” in the words of Kim Jong-il.
Learn more at Daily Mail and One Free Korea.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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