In North Korea, it is against the law to share the gospel of Jesus. But Christians from other countries are finding ways to reach North Koreans with the truth. Balloons that carry Scriptures are floated into North Korea from outside the country.
Some North Koreans get jobs in other Asian countries. They return to their home country to see their families. But while they are away, VOM workers try to help them learn about salvation through Jesus Christ.
One Christian team traveled more than 3,000 miles in nine days to find North Korean workers to visit. The group faced a variety of difficulties on their trip.
A Hard Trip
On one of their stops, they quickly placed packages under the pillows and blankets in dormitories for 300 North Korean workers. The packages were filled with medicine, Christian pamphlets, and MP3 players containing Christian audio books.
After about 10 minutes, several people ran toward the team, yelling at them and threatening them. The workers quickly got in their cars and drove away.
The next day, the Christians tried to deliver packages to workers at another location. The North Korean workers were eager to receive the packages, but they ran away when a North Korean officer came into view. A few of the workers still managed to take a package.
At the Christians’ next stop, the North Korean workers were very poor and had little food. They were so surprised by the team’s visit that they almost cried.
But when a North Korean policeman appeared, the workers stepped away sadly and said, “We do not need anything.” Some of the workers had managed to hide MP3 players in their pants without the policeman seeing them. Perhaps they will listen to the books on the players and give their lives to Jesus.
Due to the poor conditions of the roads, a shock absorber was torn off one of the team’s cars, and the wheels will have to be replaced. But they hope to go on more trips in Asia to bring hope into the lives of North Koreans. They are asking the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of North Korean workers.
To Talk About
What are some of the difficulties the Christians faced when they visited North Koreans? Do you think you could share the gospel with someone you know? What are some of the obstacles you might face?