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USBs for North Korea


The following story comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. (Translated and edited from the original.) The photo shows “USB’s NK” spelled with USB devices. “NK” stands for North Korea.

A USB Device for North Korea
When Esther fled North Korea, she did not yet know the Lord. Now she does! Her cousin Ann took her to church, and she was taught how to pray. Esther learned about Jesus and put her trust in Him. “I want other North Koreans to hear about Jesus, too,” said Esther.

Esther and other refugees from North Korea learn about the Bible at a Bible school in South Korea. When Esther is finished at the school, she wants to tell the people of North Korea about the Gospel. That won’t be easy, because telling others about Jesus Christ and the Lord God is not allowed in North Korea. But Esther believes that God will help her and that He strengthens her.

People in North Korea are not allowed to have a Bible, so Christians in South Korea thought of something. They use big balloons to float USB devices into North Korea. Scriptures, Bible studies, and songs are on the devices. In this way, North Koreans can hear about Jesus!

Video Clip from Inside North Korea

Note: Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, will celebrate his 32nd birthday on January 8, 2015. Pray that he will open his heart to the love of Jesus and will no longer persecute Christians.

It is very difficult for North Koreans to learn about Jesus. North Koreans are not allowed to own Bibles. Very few people are permitted to have the Internet, so they can’t learn about Jesus from people in other countries. TVs in North Korea show only programs approved by the government.

The Voice of the Martyrs sponsors Scripture balloon launches to send Scriptures to North Korea by balloons. Christians try to find other ways to get the truth to North Korea.

Some North Koreans have left their country to find a better life in other places. Sometimes they find out about Jesus in their new lands. Brave North Korean Christians return to North Korea at great risk to tell their family and friends what they have learned.

The video clip below shows two men watching a Christian message that was smuggled into the country on a thumb drive. One of the men holds a New Testament from a VOM-sponsored ministry pack.

Note the pictures of two men on the wall. North Koreans are required to display pictures of their leaders in their homes. They are expected to look to their leaders for all their needs. The courageous Christian who took the video wanted to show that God’s Word also truly exists inside North Korea.

Pray for North Koreans.

Quiz: What Do You Know About Persecution?

Question Mark

The following questions cover Bible stories about persecution and information about current situations. See how many you can answer, then share them with your family, group, or class to see if they know the answers.

  1. Who will suffer persecution, according to the Bible? (See 1 Timothy 3:12.)
    1. The rich
    2. All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus
    3. Everyone who chooses not to follow Jesus
  2. Leaders in some countries try to stop people from celebrating Valentine’s Day, which they consider a Christian holiday. What are some of the countries?
    1. Mexico, Canada, the United States
    2. Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Iran
    3. Japan, Spain, South Korea
  3. Missionaries drop small parachutes carrying Christian books out of planes over guerrilla-controlled parts of Colombia. What kind of areas do the planes usually fly over?
    1. Oceans
    2. Desert
    3. Jungles
  4. In the Bible story of Nehemiah, how did Nehemiah’s enemies try to get him to stop doing the right thing?
    1. Laughed at him, lied about him, tried to get him to come to a meeting
    2. Got angry, made plans to attack him
    3. All of the answers in “a” and “b”
  5. People in North Korea can go to jail for which of the following?
    1. Bowing to statues of North Korean leaders
    2. Owning a Bible
    3. Talking against the United States
  6. Which of the following is true about persecution?
    1. The apostles in the Bible (Acts 5) rejoiced when they were persecuted.
    2. Almost all of the persecution of Christians happened long ago.
    3. If you do the right things, you are certain to avoid persecution for your belief in Jesus.
  7. According to Acts 14:22 (NIV), Paul and Barnabus said:
    1. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
    2. “We must do many good deeds to be sure to enter the kingdom of God.”
    3. “We must follow the Ten Commandments to be sure that we will enter the kingdom of God.”
  8. How did Paul say we must overcome evil? (See Romans 12:21.)
    1. Overcome evil with force
    2. Overcome evil with strict rules
    3. Overcome evil with good
  9. What is an “underground church?”
    1. A church that meets in a subway
    2. A church that meets in a secret location
    3. A church that meets in a cave
  10. What is a “martyr?”
    1. Someone who complains about their circumstances
    2. A bully
    3. Someone who makes a big sacrifice or risks losing something important because of their beliefs

Visit this link to view the answers to the quiz.

Quiz Answers

  1. b. All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus
  2. b. Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Iran
  3. c. Jungles
  4. c. All of the answers in “a” and “b”
  5. b. Owning a Bible
  6. a. The apostles in the Bible (Acts 5)
  7. c. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”
  8. c. Overcome evil with good
  9. b. A church that meets in a secret location
  10. c. Someone who makes a big sacrifice or risks losing something important because of their beliefs

A Hidden Child Escapes

North Korea
Boys in North Korea

A young married couple in North Korea, Mee and Yong, were expecting a baby boy. But then Yong, the husband, was arrested as a “political prisoner.” (A political prisoner is someone who is arrested for disagreeing with people in power, and speaking out about it.) North Korean officials arrest people who they think do not agree with them, including many Christians.

Yong was put in prison, and officials told Mee that she must not have the baby. They did not want a child born to someone who disagreed with them. Mee gave birth to her baby, Min, in secret.

Friends and some family members were scared that the baby would cause them trouble with the government. North Korea officials often punish entire families if one person in the family breaks strict North Korean rules. Mee feared that the friends and relatives might harm Min, and she cried often.

Mee found a kind grandmother in a nearby village to take care of the baby. She gave the grandmother food and milk and asked her to keep Min hidden inside.

But Min got very sick. Mee had to take him to the hospital. When the hospital workers found out that Min was the son of a prisoner, they kicked him out.

Mee and Min moved to another village where they lived safely for a while. But one day they watched a DVD from South Korea in their home. The government does not allow North Koreans to watch movies from other countries. The leaders want to control what the citizens see and hear.

Somehow officials found out about the DVD. Perhaps a neighbor noticed the DVD through a window and reported Mee. The authorities came to search Mee and Min’s house. When they searched the house, they found out that Min was Yong’s son. Min and Mee were in danger of going to prison, too.

At great risk, they escaped from North Korea to another country. In their new land, they learned about Jesus and His love for them. Now they believe that their troubles were part of God’s plan for them. “God chose and called my family and saved me from death,” said Mee. “I glorify the name of Jesus.”

To Talk About

  • What do you suppose the North Korea government doesn’t want people to learn about life in other countries?
  • How did Min and Mee’s problems lead to something good?
  • Can you think of a situation in your life or someone else’s in which something bad brought about something good?
  • Pray for those in North Koreans prisons who are separated from their families.

To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.

More About North Korean Youth

North Korea
A North Korean youth looks at a map of North and South Korea

The North Korean government is very rough to any citizen who is discovered to be a Christian. Some Christians in North Korea leave the country to places like China or South Korea. VOM contacts talked with Christian youth who escape from North Korea and are now living in South Korea:

Question: What is school like in North Korea?

Answer: School is very stressful because there are always assignments to submit. Sometimes an assignment is to catch a rabbit to give to the government, or to collect animal droppings for fertilizer.

When you are a child, it is stressful because these things are hard to find. If you don’t find them, you can’t be promoted in school.

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