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Bold Believers in North Korea

Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Spotlight Story

Creative Obedience

Balloon launch

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.

Good news on the radio

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.

Learn more about Scripture balloons and watch video clips of launches here, here, here, and here.

Activities Story

Praise the Lord

Boy in Pakistan

Practice saying “praise the Lord” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song that includes the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.

Iran. Farsi: KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr

Pakistan. Punjabi: RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay

China. Chinese: tzahn-may joo

Colombia. Spanish: GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs

Russia, Kazakhstan. Russian: SLAH-vuh BOH-goo

Many Muslim Countries. Arabic: MAHG-duh lah rahp

Eritrea. Tigrinya: gway-tah yeh mess ghen

Malaysia, Brunei. Malay: Poo-jee TOO-hahn

Nepal. Nepali: jay muh-SEE

Bangladesh. Bangla: ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk

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Update: Prisoner Released!

Have you been praying for Yklas, the Christian father of eight children who was imprisoned for sharing the gospel in Kazakhstan? A recent post told about his situation.

Praise God, Yklas was recently released after 780 days in prison!

Pray that he will quickly adjust to life with his family and that he will boldly use his testimony to continue sharing the gospel.

Visit to find more prisoners to pray for.

Activities Story

Jesus Loves Me


Eritrean children

Practice saying, “Jesus loves me” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the words from another language wherever the phrase occurs in the song.

Note: English is an official language in Nigeria and South Sudan. Hausa and Dinka are additional languages spoken in those countries.

China. Chinese: Yeh-soo ai woh

Eritrea. Tigrinya: Yehf kee rehn nee yoo

Nigeria. Hausa: YAY-soo YEHN-ah KOW-nah-tah

Dinka. South Sudan: YAY-choo ahn YAHR-ehn

Colombia. Spanish: KREES-toh may AH-mah

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Chin Chin: A Nigerian Snack

Combine 2 cups flour, 1-1/3 sticks softened butter, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix until smooth. Knead the dough about 20 times on a floured surface, then roll out to about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into 1/2- to 1-inch squares. Fry the cubes in a deep fryer until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.

Find this recipe in the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, which includes lesson plans, games, additional snack recipes, skits, and other materials for a complete week-long VBS program. Visit here for more information.

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