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Hungry in North Korea

North Korea
Many North Koreans are hungry

VOM workers talk to North Koreans who escape from their country. Many in North Korea are poor and do not have enough food, so they seek food in other countries. One North Korean said, “Corn gruel is the usual meal to most North Korean people. They grind dried corn into powder to make corn gruel.”

If you want to try corn gruel, thoroughly mix ¼ cup of corn flour (not corn meal or corn starch) in ½ cup of water. Add the mixture to 2 cups of boiling water in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and continue stirring for another minute or two to make the gruel smoother. Let it cool a bit before scooping it into bowls to eat. You may want to add honey, sugar, cinnamon, or other ingredients to make the gruel tastier; however, North Koreans often do not have extra ingredients.

People who escape are also hungry for information about God. The leaders want the citizens to depend on the government for all their needs, not God.

VOM provides Bibles and Christian materials to North Koreans who have found their way to other countries.


Update: Uncle Freed from Jail

Pakistan

The story Boy Refuses to Become a Muslim told about Ehtasham, an 8-year-old boy in Pakistan who was bullied by Muslim boys. The boys tried to get Ehtasham to become a Muslim, but he refused. When his uncle, Dildar, helped Ehtasham get away from the boys, Dildar was arrested and charged with “blasphemy” for dishonoring Muslim beliefs.

News reports say that Dildar was recently released from prison due to lack of evidence. “You cannot imagine my joy,” said Dildar.

While in prison, Dildar stayed faithful to God. “I kept on telling God that I had complete faith in him and would wait for the day when he would set me free,” said Dildar.

Praise God for Dildar’s release!

Source: Compass Direct News


North Korean Woman Wants to Go Home

North Korea
North Korean children

Parents and Teachers: The May issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories of bold Christians from North Korea. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured countries with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.For more facts about North Korea, visit its Country page, or download the activity book, Bold Believers in North Korea. Find additional posts about Indonesia by entering “North Korea” in the “Search KOC” box.

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