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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.

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10 Facts About North Korean Christians and Prisons

North Korean prison

1. As many as 100,000 secret Christians may live in North Korea.
2. About 30,000 North Korean Christians are kept in North Korea’s harshest prison labor camps because of their faith in Jesus.
3. If someone tries to leave North Korea, they can be sent to a prison labor camp as punishment.
4. North Korean citizens are sent to prison for communicating with someone from South Korea without the government’s permission.
5. Some North Koreans are in prison for listening to radio programs that were broadcast from other countries.
6. The North Korean government considers Christianity to be as dangerous as illegal drugs.
7. North Korean officials have compared Christian missionaries to vampires.
8. Inmates in North Korean prison labor camps are sometimes locked in cages like animals.
9. Many prisoners in North Korean labor camps lose half their body weight due to the harsh conditions.
10. North Korean prisoners don’t get enough food. Sometimes they survive by eating rats that roam around the prison.

Pray for North Korea

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This Month

Parents and Teachers
The February 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about bold believers from North Korea and The Voice of the Martyrs’ ministry work there. North Korea is a land of spiritual darkness. For 70 years, it has been ruled by the oppressive Kim regime, a lineage of tyranny that has starved its people physically and spiritually while rattling sabers at the rest of the world.

As the issue notes, “North Koreans will not ultimately be changed by domestic politics, international negotiations, or bombs. They will be changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

You can share stories from this site about North Korean believers with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

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Torchlighter Activities

The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book and DVD set, available at, includes 144 pages of stories, devotionals, challenging coloring pages, extreme dot-to-dots, crafts, and activities related to the 16 heroes on the accompanying Torchlighters DVDs. Learn more here.

The torch maze below is taken from the activity book.

In the Bible, torches light the way to God’s truth. (See Isaiah 62:1.) In some instances, God is revealed through fire, as to Moses in the burning bush and to Israelites in a pillar of fire.

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Pakistan: Pray for Aliza

Last month, the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Pakistan held a children’s Christmas celebration. About 400 people came to join the children in the celebration.

Radical Muslims in Pakistan don’t like Christians, and they sometimes attack churches. Four bombers came to the church during the celebration, intending to attack the church and to harm the Christians.

Church security officers stopped the bombers from getting inside the church. Only one bomber was able to set off his explosives at the church entrance.

But some Christians were injured. Aliza, a 1-year-old girl, lost her foot because of the bomber’s attack. “Pray for the complete healing of Aliza’s wounds… and pray for her parents as they care for her,” said a VOM worker.

Also please pray for other children who were injured in the attack, like the child in the photo above.

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Not Boring

Ali is a Christian from Iran, where Christians can be put in jail for leading others to Christ. The laws in Iran say that any Muslim who decides to follow Jesus can be put to death.

Ali told a VOM worker, “When you follow Jesus, we will offer you everything except boring. That is what God does. He will give you everything except boring. So if your life is boring, if your walk with Christ is boring, I think you need to recheck that and relook at that and see what is going on. I think you really need to ask God to touch you again.

To Think About
*Christians in Iran are at risk of being persecuted, but Ali says they are not bored. Is that also true of believers in countries where most of the people are Christians?
*Acts 14:22 says, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” What does that verse mean to you?

Read a story and watch a video about kids in Iran here.

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