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.
Published on September 6th, 2005
North Korea’s Reality TV
Television cameramen in North Korea recently took their cameras out into the streets and began filming people. They went to a store, a bus stop, a restaurant, and a sports stadium.
What were they looking for?
They were taking pictures of men with hair more than five centimeters (about two inches) long. Those with longer hair were shown on television as bad examples.
The government of North Korea controls the everyday life of its people. The government’s television series, called “Let Us Trim Our Hair in Accordance with Socialist Lifestyle,” was an effort to control men’s hair. (“Socialist” refers to the type of government that controls North Korea.) North Korean government officials said long hair takes energy away from the brain. However, women are allowed to have long hair. (Sources include: BBC News)
Published on September 3rd, 2005
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”—Matthew 6:9–13
It was a special occasion. Chul, a 12-year-old boy from North Korea, had just read the Lord’s Prayer out loud from a Bible. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs worshipped with Chul and other North Korean refugees at a secret hideout in China.
Before he escaped from North Korea, Chul had never been to school. Many families in North Korea are too poor to buy shoes, paper, or pencils so their children can attend school. Also, food has been scarce in North Korea in recent years, and many children are too hungry to learn.
Published on August 2nd, 2005
Joseph, age 13, and Monday, age 10, are brothers in Nigeria. They have two sisters: Alheri, age 15, and Deborah, age 8. The four came from the Nigerian state of Kano.
In Muslim areas of Nigeria, extremists sometimes persecute Christians. One church has been burned down by radical Muslims four times. In November 2004, five school students were expelled for sharing the gospel. And in Kano, officials have closed more than 120 private Christian schools because the schools refused to teach the students Muslim teachings.
Published on August 2nd, 2005
Godswill, age 12: My father was an active Christian. He had a broken leg. When he heard there was a riot, he went out to help his Christian brothers. There were three going to help, but when the other two saw the rioters rushing toward them, they ran away.
Godswill’s sister, Joy, age 8: My father could not run due to his bad leg. He was “arrested” by the rioters.
Godswill and Joy are Christian children in Nigeria. Some Muslims in Nigeria would like their entire nation to be ruled by Muslim law, called “Shariah Law.” Under Shariah Law, even non-Muslims must follow Muslim rules. For example, in the Nigerian state of Kano, all public school girls must wear Muslim headscarves, and all students must take classes on Islam. Islam is the religion of Muslims. (Source: World Evangelical Alliance)
Published on July 3rd, 2005
Romans 12 in Action
Jesus commanded His followers to “go into all the world” to preach the Good News (Mark 16:15). He knew it would not always be easy. In Romans 12:9-21, the apostle Paul offers guidance to those who want to follow Christ, whatever the cost. Read below about some people in India who followed the Bible’s instructions.
Be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12)
Two years ago, about 1,500 Bible college graduates met together in Rajasthan, India. The Bible students knew the cost of following Jesus in their state and country. Reports say that radical Hindus in the state of Rajasthan have said they want to get rid of all the Christians in the area. The students stood side by side and made a pledge. Here is part of the pledge:
- I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my hands to serve all mankind.
- I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my feet to spread the gospel to all the ends of the earth, no matter the cost.
- I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my lips by proclaiming the Good News to all who hear.
- I surrender this body on earth to the perfect will of Jesus, and should my blood be spilled, may it bring forth a mighty harvest of souls. As a soldier of the cross, I stand with the apostle Paul in stating that, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”