South Korea Bans Voice of the Martyrs’ Balloon, Bottle Bible Launch Into North Korea After 2018 Agreement Between Nations

Gospel workers in South Korea woke up this morning to a test: would they obey God or man? Last night, “The police contacted us because they know we’re going out for the rice bottle launch,” Voice of the Martyrs Korea CEO Pastor Eric Foley says.

“They’ve said that all sea launches and all balloon launches are now officially stopped. If we do it (the launch), we’ll be met by 100 police officers.”

Foley says they’ve been stopped by police in the past when launching Bible balloons or bottles. “My wife and I, and other members of our team, have done [the launches] every year,” he explains. VOM Korea began the launches in 2005.

“Every year these kinds of issues come up. What’s different at this moment compared to previous years is that there was an agreement signed [between North and South Korea],” Foley explains, referring to this April 2018 pact. “In that agreement, it said that South Korea would essentially take steps to stop balloon launches from happening.”

Previous political differences and external circumstances delayed South Korea’s follow-through. However, “we’ve just passed through an election. The President is riding a new wave of popularity because of South Korea’s response to the coronavirus. And, the National Assembly is of the same party as the president,” Foley says.

“Now, all of the pieces are lined up for the National Assembly to pass a law that fulfills what South Korea agreed to do in the April 2018 meetings.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for wisdom and discernment for Pastor Foley and other ministry leaders sending Gospel hope to North Korea.