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North Korea: A Family Vanishes

North Korea

Ten-year-old Hyun Joo was different. Very few North Korean children know about Jesus and God. But Hyun Joo believed in God and trusted Him.

Hyun Joo’s parents were Christians. Many North Korean Christians do not talk about God with their children. If the children mention God outside the home, government officials might punish the whole family. The government wants the citizens to honor the country’s leaders, not God.

But Hyun Joo’s parents wanted her to know Jesus. They prayed that God would use her to change North Korea.

A Risky Trip
North Korea’s leaders do not allow just anybody to leave the country for visits. They do not want them to find out how much better life is in other places.

Hyun Joo’s family secretly left North Korea to attend a hidden Bible class in another country. It was a risky trip. But the police did not catch them.

After two weeks of Bible training, the family quietly returned home. As they left, Hyun Joo said to the Bible teacher, “Pray that I will not lose my joy until heaven.” (The picture of Hyun Joo was taken at the Bible class. Her face is covered to protect her identity.)

School Prayer
Hyun Joo continued to believe in God, and she worked hard at school. She was happy when she came home from school one day.

She told her mother, Hee Sook, that she had prayed “inside her heart” at school. Hee Sook was pleased with Hyun Joo’s faith. She asked Hyun Joo’s aunt, Mrs. Kim, to join her in praying for Hyun Joo.

The next day Mrs. Kim returned to Hyun Joo’s house for a visit. The house was empty, and the family had vanished.

A friend later told Mrs. Kim what had happened. Hyun Joo’s teacher had asked her, “How did you get such a good grade on your test?”

“By God’s grace,” Hyun Joo answered.

The teacher was angry. She dragged Hyun Joo out of the classroom. Then her family disappeared. The government no doubt took them away. No one has heard from them since.

Answering Prayer
Hyun Joo’s parents prayed that God would use her to change North Korea. How can their prayers be answered if she is nowhere to be found?

Hyun Joo and her family might reappear somewhere later. But if they do not, you can still be part of an answer to their prayer. Now that you have learned Hyun Joo’s story, it can help you remember to pray for change in North Korea.

The Bible says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). Pray that the leaders of North Korea will love good and hate evil. Pray that God’s Word will continue to spread and that enemies will be powerless to stop it. Ask God to comfort and take care of North Korean Christians.

(From the Kids of Courage archives)


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