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That’s how many Bibles VOM partners have been able to send into North Korea this year via balloons. Praise the Lord, they exceeded the goal of 37,500. Please PRAY for North Koreans who will find these Bibles, that they would find salvation in Jesus Christ, and that they would be able to read without interference from North Korea’s government or police.
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Creative Obedience

Balloon launch

North Korea is one of the most isolated nations on earth. Do you think Jesus knew about North Korea when He told His followers to, “Go in all the world and preach the gospel”? Of course He did!

But the North Korean government does not allow Christians to share the good news of Jesus with their citizens. So Christians have to think of creative ways to obey Jesus’ command. Sometimes they launch helium-filled weather balloons carrying gospel tracts and New Testaments into the country. By including a GPS transponder in the balloons, Christian workers can even track their paths and see where the balloons land.

VOM contacts study weather patterns carefully in order to choose the best time to launch gospel balloons into North Korea. The winds must be just right to ensure that the balloons reach populated areas.

VOM also uses radio broadcasts to reach into North Korea over the airwaves. The North Korean government often tries to jam the radio signal, but by repeatedly changing frequencies, VOM has been able to continue sharing Christian teachings.

Good news on the radio

North Koreans who have escaped their country read the Scriptures over the air in a slow, deliberate manner so listeners can write down passages of God’s Word themselves. These handwritten verses are likely the only Bibles that many North Koreans will ever have.

Learn more about Scripture balloons and watch video clips of launches here, here, here, and here.

North Korea: Christian Shares Food and the Gospel

North Korean child


Stephen grew up in North Korea where many people are very poor. But their government tells them, “North Korea is the best and wealthiest country. People everywhere else are suffering a lot more.”

When Stephen was a boy, some North Koreans had to eat tree bark, flowers, and grass to stay alive. Real food was scarce.

Stephen decided to escape North Korea and go to China. He was afraid because of all the false stories he had heard about other countries. But thankfully, someone in China told him about a church where the people would help him. The Christians at the church gave him a Bible, and Stephen learned about God’s love for him.

Something Different
“I just wanted to jump in the street and tell everyone about Jesus!” said Stephen. He packed his bag with Bibles and Christian pamphlets, and headed back to North Korea to tell the people about God and Jesus. His trip was dangerous. If he shared about Jesus with someone, and they turned him into the police, he could go to prison for the rest of his life.

One day, Stephen met a 4-year-old girl and the girl’s parents and grandparents. Stephen had some food, so he began to eat. “I saw the child looking at my food, and she was very hungry,” said Stephen. “I couldn’t keep eating, knowing she was hungry, so I gave her my food.”

The grandmother said to Stephen, “I have never seen anyone give all their food to someone else.” She knew something was different about Stephen.

“There is something even better that I want to share with you,” Stephen said to the family. Then he told them about Jesus.

After a while, the authorities caught Stephen, and he was sent to prison. He escaped, and today he continues to witness to those who will listen.

(Source: VOM-Australia)

North Korea: Missionary Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas spent years preparing to spread the gospel in Asia. But his life ended shortly after he arrived in Korea. Yet God used his work to bring many to Christ.

Watch the clip above to see Thomas’s arrival in Korea. The clip is from Torchlighters DVD, “The Robert Jermain Thomas Story,” available at

You can find Thomas’s story in Bold Believers in North Korea in the free Downloads section of this site. Torchlighters student and leader guides are also available in the Downloads section.

Starting from Nothing

Bags of Scriptures are attached to balloons and floated into North Korea

What does “hallelujah” mean?
What is “Israel?”
What does “amen” mean?
What is a Jew?

Most North Koreans don’t know the answers to those questions. So it’s very hard for them to understand the Bible, even when it is translated into their language.

VOM Korea has published a Bible for North Koreans that explains common Bible words. The introduction to the book tells North Koreans: “This book will tell you the good news of how to invite the one true God to live inside you so that you may be made ready for his soon return.”

Pray for Christians who secretly take Bibles into North Korea, and for the North Koreans who read the Bible.

To Talk About
How would you answer the questions above?