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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.

Activities Story

North Korea: Daily Rations

A book about North Korea states that the government provided food for loyal citizens. The amount of food they got depended on their job and age.

Every two weeks, soldiers got 600 grams of food and ordinary workers got 450 grams. High school students received 400 grams, children got 300 grams, and the elderly and those under age 3 got 120 grams.

People could try to get more food somewhere else. But the food they got from the government was all they could be certain of getting. Some got sick from a lack of food or from trying to eat tree bark or grass.

Look on a package of rice to see how many grams it contains. Cook an amount close to 300 grams, and eat part of it as a meal. Do you think the amount you cooked would be enough food for two weeks?

(Source: Juche: A Christian Study of North Korea’s State Religion, by Thomas J. Belke. Available from The Voice of the Martyrs at www.vombooks.com.)


Activities Story

Cuba: Learn Some Spanish Phrases

Spanish is the main language of Cuba.

English
Spanish
How to Say It
Jesus loves you. Cristo te ama. KREES-toh tay AH-mah
Jesus loves me. Cristo me ama. KREES-toh may AH-mah
God is love. Dios es amor. Dyohs ehs ah-MOHR.

Videos Story

Church Without Walls

Worship at the Church Without Walls in Cuba.


Beliefs Story

Comparing Christianity and Santeria

Christianity
Santeria (Also called Lukumi or Regla de Ocla)
What is it? Christianity is the faith of followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Santeria is an African religion. Slaves brought it to Cuba long ago. They added some Catholic practices to the religion to please their masters but continued their own unbiblical practices, too.
Holy book The Bible Santeria has no formal holy book. It has been passed down by word of mouth.
God There is one God. He is a loving Father to His children. We can come to Him through faith in Jesus. (See John 14:6.) Santeria teaches that there is one main god who is not knowable. Followers worship and pray to many lesser gods.
Sacrifice Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paid for the sins of mankind. Followers of Santeria make animal sacrifices to their gods.
Ancestor worship Christians worship God alone. They trust Him to care for them. (See Deuteronomy 6:4 and 1 Peter 5:7.) Followers of Santeria worship, talk to, and try to please the spirits of their ancestors who have died.

Feature Story

In Prison for Doing Good

North Korea

“The most evil feeling in the world is hate. … Christ alone can help us overcome these feelings. With his help, we are able to forgive and love.” — Mr. Choi, a Korean Christian who went to prison for helping refugees from North Korea

Mr. Choi is a Christian from South Korea. He, his wife, and his two daughters lived in China, where Mr. Choi was a missionary.

In China, he met North Koreans who had escaped from miserable conditions in their country. People in North Korea have little freedom, and many are very poor. “I wanted to minister to them,” Mr. Choi said.

Mr. Choi began talking with North Koreans as he helped them with their problems. “As we did things together, I led by Christ’s example,” he said. “I wanted to see them gain independence as Christians so they would be strong if they ever found themselves back in North Korea.”

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