Many people in North Korea do not have enough food to eat. But North Korea’s leader is not poor. A South Korean newspaper reported in 2009 that he has six special trains to take him from place to place. The trains have a total of 90 cars, complete with TVs, telephones, and bedrooms for the leader to use while he travels.
Today, North Korea is one country and South Korea is another. But Korea used to be all one country. Many Koreans followed Christ in the early 1900s. The city of Pyongyang was called “the second Jerusalem.” Japan took control of Korea in 1910. The Japanese wanted the Koreans to follow Japanese ways and non-biblical beliefs. They persecuted Christians, but the church still grew.
After World War II, Korea split into North Korea and South Korea. The North became a communist country. Today more than one-third of the people of South Korea follow Christ. Those in the North have no freedom of religion. Today many in Pyongyang have never heard of Jesus.
The North Korean government wants people to honor the country’s leader instead of God. A few churches exist, but the government controls whether or not people attend. Only God knows how many believers live in North Korea, because the government controls any information that comes in and out of North Korea.
Christians risk great danger to meet together in secret. They know they can go to prison for many years just for owning a Bible. Thousands of Christians are in prison.