NORTH KOREAN BELIEVER: ‘GOD IS OUR SHEPHERD IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH’
Open Doors secretly and regularly corresponds with North Korean church leaders. Their letters are often poetic — and sometimes hard to read due to the brutal conditions the believers face. Above all, they powerfully show God’s Spirit at work in the hearts of the persecuted underground believers. Below is a letter to Open Doors from a Christian:
We appreciate your loving support for North Korean believers. We thankfully received the summer supports, medicines and clothes which were securely delivered to us.
Our small network has been strengthened through your support and encouragement. We will use these materials for our believers to follow in Jesus’ steps. Your support impacts not only our daily lives, but also our spiritual growth.
As Daniel humbly prayed for his nation, we will do our best to pray equally as humbly. We pray the feet of the believers will be willing to bring the gospel of peace and reconciliation. We have a faithful God who is the same always and continues to pour out His grace and blessings upon us. God gives us the strength to step forward one by one so that we can finish our tasks and callings.
This year we’ve experienced severe lack of food, even during harvest times. The price of crops continues to climb. A US dollar is worth, on average, more than 8,000 won and a kilogram of rice is around 6,000 won, which is twice the average laborer’s wage. Food is simply too expensive for common people.
Though, humanly speaking, life is too hard for us to physically survive in North Korea, God gives us hope. He really is our Shepherd in the valley of the shadow of death. God allows us to have true freedom. Even when we are oppressed and desperate, the truth sets us free.
Jesus Christ allows us victory in dangerous situations and protects us from our enemies. We rely on our Heavenly God in all circumstances. We have the hope for the new heaven and the earth. We will never be disappointed in this earth, but have the power and strength to go forward to the end until we see the kingdom of God. We pray God will allow us to keep our faith until the end and give us strength in any threatening situation.
We are grateful for God’s grace and mercy, that he gives North Korean believers courage and power in Him spiritually and physically. We pray for your health as well.
Many blessings from all believers,
North Korean believer
North Korea has been ranked #1 on the Open Doors World Watch List (www.worldwatchlist.us) of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians for 13 years in a row. The god-like worship of the leader, Kim Jong-Un, and his predecessors leaves little room for any other religions and Christians face unimaginable pressure in every sphere of life. Meeting with other Christians is virtually impossible. Anyone discovered engaging in clandestine religious activity is subject to arrest, arbitrary detention, disappearance, torture and/or execution. Those Christians who attempt to return to North Korea from China are sentenced to life in prison or executed. Leader Kim Jong-Un purged 10,000 North Koreans last year, including some Christians.
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