The Voice of the Martyrs USA is part of a worldwide family of missions that were started through the influence of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. SDOK is VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. Stef is SDOK’s children’s publication and website.
The following story comes from Stef magazine. The grandchild of a woman who escaped from North Korea tells the story.
I want to tell you something about my grandmother, “Grandma Park.” She used to live in North Korea, and she is a Christian. Her husband, who was my grandfather, died and left her with four children.
A great famine broke out, and many people were hungry. My grandmother fled with her children to South Korea to find food. To escape, they had to swim across an ice-cold river.
[If North Korean soldiers had seen them, the soldiers would have shot them or sent them to a prison camp. The family did not know who they could trust on their journey. They didn’t know when they would eat or where they would sleep.]
Instead of worrying, Grandma Park sang praises to God and prayer, then she got strength and courage.
North Korean hymnal
My grandmother told me that she promised to serve God if they arrived safely in South Korea. She does that now. She is also studying at a Bible school. She always says, “Serving God is my greatest joy, and I cannot wait until I meet Him in heaven.”
I think I’ve got a special grandmother.
Do you know that you can do what Grandma Park did? If you are worried about something, you can praise God and say, “Father, You are a mighty God. Thank You that You love me so much. And I love you.”
Grandma Park knew that God was with her. He always sent the right people to help her on her long journey.
Are you worried? Then praise God. He will help you find peace in your heart.
(Source: SDOK. Translated and edited. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)