‘I am amazed so many care for us’—North Korean believer leaves ‘farewell’ letter

November 8, 2020 by Lindy Lowry in Asia

Mi-Ok (not her real name) is over 70 years of age. Her parents served in the underground church in North Korea for decades. She managed to get to China earlier this year where she visited an Open Doors safe house and received food, fellowship and pastoral care. After she was strengthened physically and spiritually, she was able to return to North Korea.


Just before she left, she wrote a thank you letter to the people who took care of her—and the brothers and sisters she has never met like you—but invites to come to her house one day. Below is her smuggled letter in its entirety and in her own words.


As you read her letter, let her words sink and be reminded how powerful your prayers and gifts are for your persecuted family. And then consider the potentially fatal risk she’s taking to return to North Korea. Anyone who escapes the country and is exposed to be a Christian faces life imprisonment in one of the country’s maximum security prisons—as does their family to the fourth generation. Pray for Mi-Ok and her family today.

Dear Teacher,

I am Mi-Ok from North Korea.

I cannot find the words to express how grateful my heart is, how great and how amazing God’s grace is upon me. The only thing I can say is, ‘Thank you so much.’

I am less worthy than an insect who crawls on the ground, but God pours out His grace over me. I’m just overwhelmed.

When I received food, clothes, medicines and other living supplies from you, I just cried out so much. I feel so thankful to God’s amazing love.

As you know, this wasn’t my first time in China. But this time I saw, felt and realized so many things. I’ve always believed I was already a Christian since I was conceived in my mother’s womb. My family and my ancestors are such faithful believers, and I followed in their footsteps.

But it was only now that I learned how many people have been praying for us, the North Korean believers, and for our country. I am amazed that so many people care for us.

My father and my mother served the underground church secretly. Even though we all experienced much suffering and persecution, my parents raised me and my siblings as Christians.

I have kept the faith so far through your powerful prayers! Thanks to your prayers, I could experience the love of God. 

It has been more than a century which Korea was divided in half. Without the love of Jesus Christ, how could I have experienced the love of God?

Whenever I see you, teacher, I could feel that you are like Jesus, serving this generation.

After I go back to my country, I do not know what kind of sufferings I may face. But I promise that I will keep my faith until the last day of my life. Please pray for me to be able to stand firmly. Also pray for North Korea to be the country freed in Christ.

I will miss you so much when we are physically apart. However, I will be looking forward to meeting you soon and to worshiping God with loud voices in an Korea that’s unified by Christ’s love.

Thank you so much again.

I will remember you in my prayers even when I go back to NK.

If possible, come to my house. I will serve you a large portion of corn rice! I pray that you will stay healthy.

In Christ, I say ‘Goodbye.’

Will we ever hear from Mi-Ok again? We pray we will, but it may not happen. It’s part of our North Korea safe house ministry in China. We say “goodbye” without knowing if we will ever say “hello” again.

Thank you for making our ministry among North Korean believers possible. Thank you for praying for Mi-Ok and the many other secret believers.

*representative photo and name used for security reasons

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