Parents and Teachers: The September 2013 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features information about bold North Korean Christians. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.
“Mrs. Kim” grew up in North Korea. At school, the teachers taught her that Christians are mean monsters. “I really believed everything that was taught to us,” Mrs. Kim said, “so I thought the Bible was made up.”
Life in North Korea is difficult. Many people do not have enough to eat, and the government controls every part of the citizens’ lives.
After Mrs. Kim grew up and had children, life became even more difficult. One of her daughters was put in prison after officials caught her trying to escape the country. Her son disappeared after he deserted his job in the North Korean army. The government punished the entire family by sending them out of the city to live in the harsh countryside.
Mrs. Kim was very sad.
A New Life
Mrs. Kim didn’t know where her son was, and she feared he might be dead. But one day she had a vision of someone touching her son’s body. Two years later, her son returned! He told Mrs. Kim, “God saved me.” Mrs. Kim didn’t understand at the time, but later she came to believe that the person in her vision was Jesus.
Mrs. Kim escaped from North Korea and moved to South Korea, a much freer country. She began going to church, and accepted Christ as her savior two years later. “Now my life belonged to God,” she said.
A New Calling
Mrs. Kim is now 80 years old, and she has started a new ministry! She wants to reach North Koreans for Christ. “I want to give them hope,” she said.
Mrs. Kim talks to North Koreans about Jesus by cell phone. In five years, she led 28 people to Christ over the phone! The North Korean government does not allow people to make such phone calls, and any North Koreans caught doing so risk going to prison.
Mrs. Kim transmits her gospel messages through a contact in North Korea who owns one of the illegal phones. The calls cost about $10 an hour. Mrs. Kim shares Bible passages with her family during the calls, and her family writes them down. Sometimes they make up tunes to help them remember the words.
Mrs. Kim even led her cell phone contact person to Christ! “I want to be God’s salt and light,” Mrs. Kim said. She prays that she will stay healthy enough to continue her work. “Even if I die,” she said, “I’m going to die in the middle of doing God’s work.”
To Think About and Do
- Ask a friend to read you a Bible verse over the phone while you write it down. What if the only Scriptures you owned were verses you wrote down? Do you think you would take good care of the verses and read them often?
- Try to make up a tune that will help you remember the verse you wrote down.
- Do you think you could share the gospel with someone over the phone like Mrs. Kim did? Try telling someone three reasons Jesus is special to you over the phone.
(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)