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Once, Russia was teeming with North Koreans. This was where the officials and the higher classes travelled, where the lucky worked, and where the lower classes dreamed to go. Now, however, the crowds have thinned. By and large, North Koreans go to Russia to work abroad in poor conditions.

Jin-ho travelled to Russia with an Underground University (UU) student. The university teaches North Korean defectors how to do North Korean ministry by training them in the field. Jin-ho was there to supervise the student as he ministered to the North Korean workers in the area.

Jin-ho and the student sat across the table from a North Korean man. This man seemed a little different from the other North Koreans to whom they had previously ministered. The man’s spirit was bold, and his actions were confident. His hands were soft – not callused or scarred – and his eyes were sharp.

The UU student leaned across the table and whispered to Jin-ho that the man was not a typical worker, but a government official.

“He has the power to have someone killed,” the student told Jin-ho.

All the same, the student held the official’s hand and told him about God. To both the student and Jin-ho’s surprise, the government official already believed in God.

“When I started to doubt whether the North Korean government was doing the right thing, I needed to cling to something bigger and better,” the man explained. “I didn’t know that this being was the God of Christianity, but I trusted and believed in him all the same.”

The UU student excitedly told the official that the unknown God he was worshipping was the one true God. After all, he had – despite the impossibility of it all – brought all three of them together.

What the government official needed, however, was an inconspicuous way to read the Scriptures. Important men such as he, are even more heavily scrutinised and a physical copy of the Bible could easily be discovered. Jin-ho had exactly what he needed: an MP3 player with the North Korean audio version of the Bible on it.

MP3 players are a staple in the work of the underground North Korean Christian because they’re difficult for outsiders to detect and, in case of a raid or search, are easy to hide. If necessary, the MP3 player can easily be reformatted.

Thanks to the gift of an MP3 player, this official can learn about the God in whom he believed but knew precious little about.

Voice of the Martyrs distributes ministry packs to North Korean workers wherever they can be found. The packs contain MP3 or MP4 players, SD cards, medicine and discipleship materials.

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