North Korea is one of the most isolated nations on earth. Do you think Jesus knew about North Korea when He told His followers to, “Go in all the world and preach the gospel”? Of course He did!
But the North Korean government does not allow Christians to share the good news of Jesus with their citizens. So Christians have to think of creative ways to obey Jesus’ command. Sometimes they launch helium-filled weather balloons carrying gospel tracts and New Testaments into the country. By including a GPS transponder in the balloons, Christian workers can even track their paths and see where the balloons land.
VOM contacts study weather patterns carefully in order to choose the best time to launch gospel balloons into North Korea. The winds must be just right to ensure that the balloons reach populated areas.
VOM also uses radio broadcasts to reach into North Korea over the airwaves. The North Korean government often tries to jam the radio signal, but by repeatedly changing frequencies, VOM has been able to continue sharing Christian teachings.
North Koreans who have escaped their country read the Scriptures over the air in a slow, deliberate manner so listeners can write down passages of God’s Word themselves. These handwritten verses are likely the only Bibles that many North Koreans will ever have.