New Wine last week was a blessing, especially hearing from Hae Woo from North Korea, who came to faith after her Christian husband died a martyr in prison. She became a believer in China, became an evangelist and was arrested. After torture and almost dying in prison, she was sent to a labour camp. There God used her to bring others to faith, despite horrific circumstances. Her story’s powerful and moving and embodies what it means to be a brave disciple. It was a privilege to hear first-hand what it’s like to be a Christian in the persecuted Church in North Korea.
Prayer Focus – The Persecuted Church in North Korea
North Korea is the most dangerous country for Christians, who risk their lives to follow Jesus. It’s absolutely illegal to believe in a greater power than the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and if a secret Christian is discovered, they face arrest, imprisonment, torture, and almost certain death. And yet, there are an estimated 300,000 courageous Christians in North Korea, who believe that following Jesus is worth the risk.
Persecution is led by the state which sees Christians as hostile elements that have to be eradicated. Due to constant indoctrination, neighbours and family members, including children, are highly watchful and report anything suspicious to the authorities. If Christians are discovered, they are deported to labour camps as political criminals or killed on the spot; their families share their fate. Meeting for worship is almost impossible, so is done in utmost secrecy. The churches shown to visitors in Pyongyang serve mere propaganda purposes.
· For God to comfort and strengthen His followers, especially those who suffer in prisons, labour camps and remote areas
· That God would speak to Kim Jong-Un, giving him a revelation of Jesus, the servant king
· That the power of evil in this nation will be broken and its people healed and restored. Source: Open Doors ( https://www.opendoorsuk.org/)