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.
“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.