Travis Weber and Arielle Del Turco on Please Say a Prayer for the World’s Most Persecuted Christians

A soldier walks on the bank of the river in central Pyongyang, North Korea April 16, 2017. | (Photo: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

“North Korea is the one country where people, the moment they are born, have no freedom.”

Ji Hyeon-a was born there; she should know.

Ji suffered for being a Christian because the North Korean regime is determined to eradicate the Christian faith. North Korea is the single most dangerous place in the world to be Christian, according to Open Doors’ World Watch List. Christians should pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters in North Korea every day, but especially on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, November 3.

Ji recently shared her harrowing testimony of abuse by the North Korean regime at a Family Research Council Action event earlier this month. Ji endured beatings for Christ when North Korean authorities discovered her with a Bible.

When life in North Korea became unsustainable, Ji resolved to escape from North Korea into China, which she managed to do four times. Escaping North Korea is a difficult and dangerous journey not to be undertaken lightly. It often involves evading North Korean authorities and crossing deep rivers, only to dodge Chinese security checkpoints and state-of-the-art surveillance technology once across the border.

After her first three escapes, Chinese authorities deported Ji back to North Korea, where she was sent to a prison camp as punishment for her defection. On two journeys, Ji reached China only to be betrayed and forcibly trafficked into prostitution—an experience too painful to recount in her public testimony—and deported from there.

Once Ji was impregnated before being deported. The North Korean regime despises mixed race children, so when the prison camp guards discovered Ji was pregnant, they forcibly aborted her child in the most brutal way imaginable.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Travis Weber and Arielle Del Turco

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