“Jesus Christ is worth every sacrifice”
Lee Joo-Chan (pseudonym), a North Korean pastor in his mid-forties now living in South Korea, has seen more death and pain in his life than any “normal” person could bear. His mother and brother were killed before his eyes, and his son was tortured almost to the point of death because of him. “My family has paid the ultimate sacrifice for God. In honor of them, I serve the Lord Jesus with my whole heart. Even if it will cost my life too,” Lee says.
What was once a Christian nation, and Pyongyang was called the “Jerusalem of the East,” today Christmas no longer exists in North Korea. Only the great leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong Il, are to be recognized and adored. Lee recalls that, “at Christmas time we used to sing familiar Christmas carols such as ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Joy to the World’. Older North Korean Christians know these too. They sang these carols when they were young. Their parents were Christians at the time of the great revival in 1907. Now they are no longer allowed to sing them, because all Christian activity is forbidden.”
North Korean Christians are very thankful for your prayers and ask for God’s strength to get through the cold winter period as well as the opportunity to meet together over the Christmas season.
Father, as Christmas draws close, we join in prayer with our persecuted brothers and sisters in North Korea. As they are forbidden to openly celebrate the birth of Jesus they ask that we celebrate together with them in our hearts by first giving thanks for the generation of Christians who have continued to persevere in the faith, and for those who do not allow themselves to be indoctrinated by the ideas of the leaders. Through these saints, today You continue to live in the hearts of many North Korean citizens. We pray with our North Korean brethren as they ask for opportunities to gather together to celebrate the birth of their Lord and Savoir Jesus. Father, watch over these gatherings and shield them from watchful eyes that can harm them. Father, bless them with peace and joy as they fellowship together. Today, we also join in prayer asking for provisions as winter envelopes the nation; asking specifically for warmth, food and shelter. And lastly, we join in prayer with Christians in North Korea as they ask for a renewal in the thinking of all North Koreans, especially the leaders, who have been indoctrinated for so long. Father, fill their hearts and minds with You. Amen.
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