Scripture Yields Fruit in North Korea

VOM Korea’s radio broadcasts are produced by North Korean Underground University students. In the broadcasts, students share Scripture — both in its pure form and in North Korean-style dramas. (Photo, caption courtesy of VOM Korea)

Last year, South Korea issued charges against Pastor Eric Foley for launching Bible balloons into North Korea. See our coverage here. Foley leads The Voice of the Martyrs Korea, one of three groups currently facing South Korean government charges.

Two of the groups went to court last month, Foley shares, but it’s still a waiting game for VOM Korea. Questions surround the law’s tight restrictions. “The [South Korean] government has been very focused on its new balloon launching law,” Foley says.

“That law received negative reviews around the world as people found it far too restrictive and too submissive to North Korea on the part of South Korea.”

Of the three groups charged by South Korea’s government, VOM Korea is the only one sending Bibles. The other two sent political propaganda criticizing North Korea’s government. “Fortunately, the only charges against us relate to the actual act of balloon launching itself. The other two organizations face additional charges related to things like financial mismanagement and misappropriation,” Foley adds.

One door may be closed, but another is wide open.

Foley says North Koreans are still getting Scripture through the radio. “About 20% of North Koreans are estimated to listen to radio broadcasts using smuggled radios that they bring in from China,” he explains. VOM Korea’s broadcasts feature audio Scripture and Bible studies.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the South Korean government drops charges against Foley, and that VOM Korea’s ministry to North Korea will continue unhindered.
  • Pray that North Koreans who receive audio Bibles will grow in their faith.
  • Analysts estimate that about 30,000 North Korean Christians are currently suffering in prison and labor camps. Pray these believers will hold fast to Jesus.

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