Please pray with us for a North Korean Christian who was recently captured by police officers outside North Korea.
Hyuk-Soo became a believer several years ago through Open Doors partners who introduced him to Jesus Christ. He was discipled by our field partners as a part of our safe house and shelter ministry outside North Korea.
Our contacts tell us that Hyuk-Soo (not his real name) is a faithful student who always wanted to know more about the Bible. At the safe house, he actively participated in the daily Bible lessons.
At this time, we don’t know his whereabouts. We do know that In many cases, when detained North Koreans are found with any Christian traces and sent back to North Korea, they and their family face arrest maximum security labor camp, exile or even execution. Recently, we reported that more than a dozen believers were executed immediately when guards infiltrated a secret worship service in North Korea. Their families—more than 100 individuals—were arrested and sent to a labor camp for political prisoners.
For 20 straight years, North Korea has been No. 1 on Open Doors’ World Watch List of the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians. This year, it’s No. 2, slightly behind Afghanistan. In North Korea, it’s illegal to be a Christian. For the last three decades, believers have been known and treated as “the hostile class.” Anything that gives people an alternative allegiance to the ruling Kim dynasty is deemed to be dangerous to the state. Christians must hide their faith, even from their own children.
So as the Body of Christ, we have an urgent need to pray for Hyuk-Soo and his family right now.
The words of North Korean believer and ex-prisoner Hea Woo remind us how important our prayers are. She now lives in South Korea.
“While I was in prison, I could not understand everything, but I felt the Christians in different countries praying for us who were imprisoned,’ she says. “It provided comfort, and it became a source of energy for us.”