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Chul: New Christian in Hiding

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”Matthew 6:9–13

It was a special occasion. Chul, a 12-year-old boy from North Korea, had just read the Lord’s Prayer out loud from a Bible. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs worshipped with Chul and other North Korean refugees at a secret hideout in China.

Before he escaped from North Korea, Chul had never been to school. Many families in North Korea are too poor to buy shoes, paper, or pencils so their children can attend school. Also, food has been scarce in North Korea in recent years, and many children are too hungry to learn.

Chul and other North Koreans have escaped the harsh conditions in their country by going to China. It’s a dangerous trip. If they are caught trying to escape by North Korean police, they will be punished. In China, they must hide so Chinese officials won’t send them back to North Korea.

Chul moved to a secret “safe house” where he received food and some education. After going to China, he gave his life to Christ! He also started learning how to read. It was a special accomplishment for him to read from the Bible during the secret worship service.

North Korean refugees have other struggles to overcome. North Koreans are often told that people from other countries might kidnap them, take all their blood, and sell their organs. In China, they find out this is not true, but sometimes North Korean children are still a little scared of foreigners. At first Chul appeared very nervous around VOM visitors. But after visiting and worshiping with them, he seemed to trust them more.

The worship service ended after the Christians sang “Amazing Grace” in Korean and English. The VOM workers left, and then Chul returned to his secret life in the wilderness of China. He and other North Korean refugees are grateful for your prayers.


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