North Korean Christians Have More Freedom During Coronavirus Lockdown

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No reliable source in North Korea has indicated that the country’s leader is sick.

Pastor Eric Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea (a sister ministry to Voice of the Martyrs Canada) says, “It’s important to understand that not a single credible source has given an indication of what is happening inside North Korea. And in terms of Kim Jong-un’s health, the health of the Kim family, their physical location,  and the details of their lives are the most carefully guarded secrets in North Korea.”

This information, Foley says, will not appear on a social media news feed, or even on one of the top US media sites.

The wrong focus

“Unfortunately,” Foley says, “It makes North Korea incredibly happy that we spend the time to click on those links and read those rumors. North Korea believes that everyone around the world should focus 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the health and wellbeing of their leader.”

Many news outlets have reported that Kim is sick or dying. But Foley says while many of these outlets have sources in North Korea, it is unlikely that these sources have access to that kind of information. Most can’t even move freely around the country. He says, “When we look at the deaths of the previous two North Korean leaders, no media predicted those deaths. No governments predicted those deaths. In fact, they came as surprises out of nowhere.”

Foley says, “Speculation into the health of the leaders is a fool’s errand. It ends up using a lot of time and resources that are always much better spent on knowledgeable prayer for North Korean Christians and for the people of North Korea.” Read more about North Korea here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray that Christ would be with His Church in North Korea, protecting them and filling them with joy.
  • Ask God to continue building His kingdom in North Korea.

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