Next week is North Korea Freedom Week. Open Doors, a ministry to Christians around the world where faith costs the most, is petitioning Christians everywhere to unite in prayer for the country of North Korea. For the last 9 years, this country has been #1 on the World Watch List, a listing of the top 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted for their faith.
Here’s what Open Doors says about North Korea: Nowhere in the world is Christian persecution so fierce. Christians have to hide their faith; Christian parents can’t even share their beliefs with their children until they are old enough to understand the dangers. Owning a Bible could get you killed, or sent to a harsh labor camp. In 2010 hundreds of Christians were arrested. Some were murdered, others sentenced to labor camps. Despite the risks, the church is growing: there are an estimated 400,000 believers.
You have an opportunity to encourage believers in North Korea. Go here to send a written message that will be read over the radio in North Korea next week! Don’t wait! Send your message of hope and encouragement to North Korean believers now. Let them know that they are not forgotten and that they are being lifted up in prayer by their brothers and sisters all over the world.
“For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. . . And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:12,26