North Korean Christians Ask for Prayers as International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church Approaches

A South Korean soldier, left, undergoes an experience on what it is like to be held in a North Korean cell at the Korean War exhibition in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 7, 2010. North Korea sent nearly three dozen relatives of former economic officials to a prison camp over the country’s botched currency reform, a South Korean aid group Good Friends said on its website Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world’s most oppressive and restrictive countries in support of persecuted Christians, among whom are many North Korean Christians.

Open Doors estimates that under the totalitarian regime of Kim Jong Un in North Korea, there are tens of thousands of North Korean Christians in camps, restricted villages or otherwise imprisoned, many of whom are suffering under unthinkable conditions.

The ministry says North Korean Christians are in desperate need of prayer, the most requested action in response to persecution.

On Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. PT, David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, is hosting a webinar to provide the latest persecution updates. He will be joined by South Korean Pastor Min-soo, who will provide firsthand accounts on North Korea.

The efforts are part of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 4. Individuals and churches are encouraged to participate and can access free, downloadable resources from the Open Doors website. Resources include:

  • Prayer guide
  • Videos
  • Sermon outline
  • Bulletin insert
  • Poster
  • Infographic
  • Online prayer wall

Open Doors USA is asking Christians to specifically pray for:

** The protection, strength and endurance for North Korea Christians who face persecution from state authorities and their non-Christian families, friends and neighbors;

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SOURCE: ASSIST News, Michael Ireland