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North Korea: A Family Vanishes

North Korea

Ten-year-old Hyun Joo was different. Very few North Korean children know about Jesus and God. But Hyun Joo believed in God and trusted Him.

Hyun Joo’s parents were Christians. Many North Korean Christians do not talk about God with their children. If the children mention God outside the home, government officials might punish the whole family. The government wants the citizens to honor the country’s leaders, not God.

But Hyun Joo’s parents wanted her to know Jesus. They prayed that God would use her to change North Korea.

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North Korea: First Words

North Korean baby

What were the first words you learned as a baby? “Mama” or “Dada” are the first words of many babies.

“But that’s not really good in North Korea,” said Dr. Eric Foley, the president of VOM-Korea.

The government of North Korea expects people to follow the teachings of Juche (JOO-chay). Juche teaches that human beings are the masters of everything. (Learn more about Juche here.)

Citizens of North Korea must honor:
*Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s first leader, who died in 1994
*Kim Jong Il, Kim Il Sung’s son, who died in 2011
*And Kim Jong Un, Kim Il Sung’s grandson, who now leads the country.

According to Dr. Foley, 43,000 centers across North Korea teach Juche beliefs. And 100 percent of the people must be involved in honoring the leaders. Following Christ is not allowed.

So, if a North Korean baby’s first words are something like mama or dada, the baby’s parents might keep it secret. They don’t want government officials to think their family members are more important to them than the Kim family. If friends ask about the baby’s first words, the parents will often not tell the truth. They will say, instead, that the baby’s words were words from Juche teachings.

(Source: VOMRadio.net)

Pray that North Korean babies will learn that Jesus loves them.


North Korean Hymn

Christians in North Korea meet together in secret, even though it is very risky. They know they can go to prison just for owning a Bible. Thousands of Christians are in prison. But there are followers of Jesus in North Korea. Press the Play button below to hear a North Korean hymn.

The words to the hymns in English are as follows.

A Spring Flowing In The Desert

  1. A spring will flow in the desert, flowers will bloom in the desert;
    The desert will turn into a flower garden when the kingdom of God comes;
    The kingdom of God where lions play with children, the world of true love and happiness, will come soon.
  2. The desert will be wooded, pretty birds will sing;
    The desert will become paradise when the kingdom of God comes;
    The kingdom of God where children can put their hands into snake dens but snakes do not bite;
    The world of true love and happiness, will come soon.

Read Isaiah 35:6–7 and Isaiah 11:6–9. Which parts of the North Korean hymn remind you of those verses?


This Month

Parents and Teachers

The June 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about bold believers risking their freedom and lives to reach North Koreans with the good news of Jesus. Also included are updates from Sri Lanka, Colombia, Kenya, and Uganda, and information about the upcoming Day of the Christian Martyr (June 29). You can share stories of Christians in those areas from this site 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.

Additional Related Resources
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight North Korea, Colombia, and Sri Lanka from the Downloads section.

*Find Restricted Nations books about North Korea and Colombia at vombooks.com.

*Find a Torchlighters DVD and related resources about Robert Jermain Thomas (North Korea) at Torchlighters.org and in the Downloads section.

*Click here to find a lesson plan for Colombia.


World Missions Camporee

Learning about North Korea

Earlier this year, a troop of American Heritage Girls from Frisco, Texas, participated in a camporee with other girls from northeast Texas. American Heritage Girls is a Christian scouting-type group, and the focus of the camporee was world missions.

The Frisco troop set up a North Korea booth, and members spoke about North Korea to more than 50 girls ages 9 to 12. The girls used information from The Voice of the Martyrs newsletters and Kids of Courage resources to prepare their presentations.

“I learned that Christians in North Korea need to have much strength and courage to spread the Word,” said Wren, age 15, who was one of the presenters. “Some of the girls we were teaching had no idea about the things we were teaching them, so it felt good to get them informed.”

“What a huge blessing it was to speak about North Korea to girls who had absolutely no idea what life [in North Korea] is like for Christians and non-Christians alike,” said Emily, an adult leader. “Many of their eyes were opened to the importance of praying for persecuted Christians and those who have not yet heard the gospel.”

Have you shared information about persecuted Christians with others in a unique setting? If so, use the “Contact Us” button at the bottom of this page to let VOM know about it.