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North Korean Church Leaders Call for Prayer Amid War Preparations

April 10, 2013 by Open Doors in General

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North Korean church leaders are asking Christians worldwide to pray for their country amid increased war threats and combat preparation by North Korean military officials. Prayer for beleaguered believers in North Korea is more urgent than ever.
According to underground Christians, there is a war-like atmosphere in the country. “We are to meet the decisive battle with a gun in one hand and a hammer in the other,” summarized a Christian leader reporting the message the North Korean people recently received from the “high command.”

“The military army, navy, air force troops, strategic rocket troops, the red guards and the red youth guards are already in combat mode. Urgent meetings are being held everywhere, regardless if it is day or night. At those meetings, officials make decisions on what needs to happen in case war breaks out and everyone, including women, needs to be combat ready.”

According to Open Doors sources, many cars on the roads are already covered with camouflage nets. Also, soldiers are heavily armed and wearing hats camouflaged with dried branches. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un released a statement to his people, saying that “If war breaks out because of the actions of the U.S. and puppet South Korean’s unpardonable behavior, they will end up with a disgraceful downfall, and our people will greet a brilliant new day of reunification. The day has come to show off the power of ‘Military First’ and our great nation to the whole world.”

However, Christians and other citizens fear both the violence of war and the resulting economic fallout. “Many people are in a hurry to purchase emergency food supplies and daily goods just in case. The prices of goods, including food, are skyrocketing,” tells one believer in North Korea.

North Korean Christians are grateful for their fellow believers in the West and request their urgent prayers.

“I would like to thank the many brothers and sisters around the world for their continuous love and support,” says a Christian believer. “We know that our journey will not be an easy one, but we are sure that our faith, desperate hope and passionate desire will someday bear many fruit. No matter how difficult life is for us, we never blame or complain about our circumstances. God has promised us in the Bible that if we seek His Kingdom first, all other things will be given to us as well. Please pray for us.”

Jerry Dykstra, a spokesman for Open Doors USA, adds, “Beneath the surface of the all the rhetoric of war and the possible launch of nuclear missiles are the suffering and persecution of the estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Christians in North Korea. Also, an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 Christians are in harsh political prison camps. The government has been the No. 1 persecutor of Christians for 11 years in a row, according to the Open Doors 2013 World Watch.”

Father, we respond willingly to the call to pray for North Korea. We pray for Christian leaders that they will lead with faith and courage, with godly wisdom. We pray for Kim Jong-Un, that You will work in his heart to pursue peace and not war. As leaders in the United States, Korea and China consider responses to North Korean threats, we pray for Your wisdom to rest upon their decisions to bring about Your divine purposes. We bring before Your throne Your precious church in North Korea, Christians who are in even more danger now with the threat of war. In Your mercy, protect them and provide food for their families. And we pray that no matter what happens, their faith will remain strong, that they will persevere to the end. In the name of Jesus, who reigns over all the rulers of the earth. Amen.

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