Published on April 10th, 2004
Korea used to be one country. After World War II, the country was split into North Korea and South Korea. North Korea has more land than South Korea. But South Korea has a population of about 50 million people, compared with about 25 million in North Korea.
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 9:00 p.m. in North Korea.
It is against the law in North Korea to share the gospel of Jesus. For many years, The Voice of the Martyrs has sponsored the launching of balloons that carry Scriptures into North Korea.
Today, North Korea is one country and South Korea is another. But Korea used to be all one country. Many Koreans followed Christ in the early 1900s. The city of Pyongyang was called “the second Jerusalem.” Japan took control of Korea in 1910. The Japanese wanted the Koreans to follow Japanese ways and non-biblical beliefs. They persecuted Christians, but the church still grew.
After World War II, Korea split into North Korea and South Korea. The North became a communist country. Today more than one-third of the people of South Korea follow Christ. Those in the North have no freedom of religion. Today many in Pyongyang have never heard of Jesus.
The North Korean government wants people to honor the country’s leader instead of God. A few churches exist, but the government controls whether or not people attend. Only God knows how many believers live in North Korea, because the government controls any information that comes in and out of North Korea.
Christians risk great danger to meet together. They know they can go to prison for many years just for owning a Bible. Thousands of Christians are in prison.