A story for children published by The Voice of the Martyrs in 1998, “North Korea: Christians Not Forgotten,” told about a girl in North Korea finding a Scripture balloon. Read the story below.
Soon Hee (not her real name) looked around her as she walked home from school. Like most North Korean children today, she had a lot on her mind. Floods and droughts have ruined the crops and many people have no food. The dogs, cats, and even rats have been eaten by the hungry people.
Suddenly Soon Hee saw something strange in her path. She had never seen anything so bright! Soon Hee took the big, shiny, orange square home to her mother. “Let’s take it to Grandmother,” her mother said. “Maybe she will understand what it means.”
Grandmother’s eyes were weak, so Mother read the words on the plastic square aloud while Soon Hee listened. Soon Hee watched Grandmother’s eyes fill with tears as Mother read words like “God” and “Jesus.” Finally Grandmother said quietly but joyfully, “I thought they had forgotten us.”
Soon Hee had found a Scripture balloon. Every year The Voice of the Martyrs launches the balloons from South Korea. Each balloon has over 200 Scripture verses telling North Koreans “How to Know God.” Christianity has been against the law in North Korea since before Soon Hee’s mother was born. Anyone found owning a Bible can go to jail for 15 years.
Like Soon Hee’s grandmother, many Christians there believe that no one outside of North Korea cares for them. Pray that North Korean Christians will know that their brothers and sisters in other lands care about them, and that North Koreans hungry for food will be fed.
The Voice of the Martyrs is still sending Scripture balloons into North Korea. Read a story about today’s Scripture balloons here.
Children at a 2012 summer VBS in Kentucky raised money to help sponsor some of the balloons. They sent the following letter to VOM.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our VBS theme was “Super Heroes,” and thus our family of the persecuted church seemed the best choice for our mission project. We told stories from Kids of Courage and the VOM monthly magazine. The children were enthusiastic and curious, wanting to give. Our prayer is that these funds would go for…the helium Scripture balloons project.
Several of our kids are from Korea, so they are very excited to give the gospel to the people on North Korea. In Him, Grace E.