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An Unusual Love Story

Choon-yei grew up in a comfortable family in North Korea. Her father was a military officer, so the government took good care of them.

But when Choon-yei was a young child, a famine in North Korea brought suffering to even the most secure families. Then when she was teenager, both of her parents died.

First Trip
Choon-yei made two trips to China with friends to try to earn money. On the first trip, she met Christians who shared a Bible and the gospel with her. Choon-yei was fearful, because North Korean officials would punish her severely if they found out she had heard the gospel. The North Korean government wants citizens to look to them for help and guidance, not God. But she learned from the Christians in China, and she began praying as they taught her.

Second Trip
Choon-yei later traveled to China with another friend. But her friend betrayed her and sold her to a Chinese man to be his wife! Choon-yei did not know Chinese and had no way to escape back to North Korea, so she was trapped.

Many North Koreans are tricked into going to China and end up as slaves to mean and harsh husbands. But Choon-yei’s husband and his family were kind to her. When she wanted to escape from them and go to South Korea, they even gave her money to help her!

Choon-yei believes that God has always helped her since the Christians she met on her first trip to China began praying for her.

A Christian Marriage
In South Korea, Choon-yei began to miss her Chinese husband. He was honest and good, and he had taken good care of her. Thankfully, he was able to join her in South Korea, where he became a Christian. Choon-yei had also decided to follow Jesus. Together they go to church and are committed to having a Christian marriage.

“I am grateful for everything,” Choon-yei said. “I will be grateful if God uses my husband and me in any way.” They pray that more North Koreans will come to know their Savior.

(Source: The May 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited and condensed for length and clarity. Photo: A Korean woman.)


This Month

Parents and Teachers
The May 2020 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Christians who “made disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Their disciples then made more disciples in obedience to God’s command.

VOM president Cole Richards says: “Our ultimate example is Christ. But we also benefit from the examples of great men and women of God who have come before us, creating an unbroken chain of faithful witnesses of God’s truth since the beginning of time. They were not great because of their abilities and successes. Rather, their greatness was demonstrated by their service as bold witnesses despite opposition and suffering.”

The issue includes stories and updates from North Korea, Central Asia, and Sudan, as well as information about how you can prepare for the June 29 Day of the Christian Martyr.

Related Resources
* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight several countries here.
*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.


Write a Note to Be Smuggled

The April 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine offers readers an opportunity to write a note to people in North Korea. The note says, “God is real” in Korean.

In North Korea, it is illegal to say “God is real,” because the government leaders want citizens to honor them, not God. VOM uses several ways to get the Word of God into hard-to-reach places. Christian workers launch Scriptures into North Korea inside balloons, and they provide MP3 players containing God’s Word to people returning to North Korea from other countries. VOM also launches Bibles by sea. The Bibles are tracked by GPS to make sure they reach the shores of North Korea.

To find instructions for how you can write a note to be included in the Bibles for North Korea, visit persecution.com/NKBibles.

[Photo above: Preparing to launch a Scripture balloon. Left: “God is real” in Korean.]


Chul: New Christian in Hiding

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

“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.

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Double Country Word Find

Print the puzzle below. Hidden in the puzzle are the names of seven countries where Christian activities are limited in some way. Each country’s name is hidden TWICE. Look for the following countries running vertically (up and down), horizontally (across), or diagonally (slanted): Iraq, China, Nigeria, North Korea, India, Vietnam, Algeria.

N O R T H K O R E A
V I E T N A M A Z Y
N I B C C I N D I A
I I E W H T G S H A
G C G T I I W I C L
E X D E N R N R H G
R E V F R A A A I E
I N D I A I M Q N R
A L G E R I A U A I
N O R T H K O R E A