A believer awaits charges for launching Bible balloons from South Korea into North Korea. Last week, South Korean police recommended that prosecutors charge Eric Foley with Voice of the Martyrs Korea on three counts.
“One of them is related to the violation of an inter-Korean exchange law. [This] is a law that regulates commerce between North and South Korea; anything you might be trying to sell from South Korea to North Korea would need to be pre-approved by the government,” Foley explains.
The second charge relates to national security. “These are laws designed for natural disaster management,” Foley continues, “but now they’re being related to balloon launching with a charge that our activity created a national threat to Korea.”
Finally, “the third charge that will come out is one related to the use of high-pressure gas,” Foley says.
“Everything comes down to this simple issue: is it illegal to launch Bibles into North Korea?”
South Korean police began cracking down on balloon launches this summer following threats from North Korea. More on that here. Three groups, VOM Korea included, received most of the authorities’ attention.
“We are the only ones that do Bibles. The other two launchers do flyers that are primarily focused on news events, and too often can be a political commentary on the situation in North Korea because North Korean defectors run both those organizations,” Foley says.
MNN covered the issue extensively, and God heard your prayers. “Prayers that your listeners [and readers] have been praying, we’ve seen those answered in big and small ways,” Foley says.
“There are some things to praise God for in this process.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to encourage Pastor Foley and the VOM Korea team.
- Pray God would keep doors of opportunity open to send Bibles into North Korea.