During the month of February, I’ve been sharing the various creative ways Voice of the Martyrs has been releasing the Gospel into North Korea. Last week I shared about our balloon project; this week I want to share how we are getting Scriptures into North Korea via sea. To do this I want to introduce you to Mr Yu.
Meet Mr Yu
When Mr Yu lived in North Korea he made his living as a farmer, one of the lowest-income trades in the country. The North Korean government owns all farmlands. They tell the farmers what to grow and how much and what, if anything, they are allowed to keep for themselves. Often there was not enough for Mr Yu’s family. In addition to this, during the 1990s there was a big famine that made life in North Korea go from bad to worse.
Mr Yu explained, “There was no food. People would eat grass and bark just to survive. Life in North Korea was like hell with no hope.”
Many North Koreans, including Mr Yu’s daughter, fled the country. Six years later Mr Yu received a letter from his daughter saying she was alive and in China. In 2007, Mr Yu left his home, making an illegal crossing of the Amnok River to see his daughter.
Eventually Mr Yu and his daughter made contact with his brother in South Korea, whom he had not seen or heard from in 57 years, and who had presumed Mr Yu had died long ago. Mr Yu’s brother was able to bring them into South Korea.
During this time Mr Yu was sure that there was a God who was protecting him. Mr Yu said, “I had this keen sense that a God I did not know was with me and protecting me.” When Mr Yu arrived in South Korea, he learned who this God was who was protecting him and his family, and soon trusted Jesus as his Saviour.
Mr Yu enlisted in Underground University, a VOM-sponsored discipleship and training school for North Korean defectors who want to reach their homeland for Christ. Upon graduation, Mr Yu’s first assignment was to join a small team that would distribute floating Gospel tracts off the coast of his homeland.
“I pray over every Gospel leaflet I throw into the sea. I pray for those that will read them as they wash up on shore. This is now my profession, the most important task of my life,” he said.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
In 2016, Voice of the Martyrs plans to launch over 13,000 packs into the sea bound for North Korea. These packs include Genesis 1-11, which has been the most effective piece of Scripture for evangelising North Koreans, and information about their radio broadcasts (find out about VOM’s radio broadcasts in next week’s post).
Join with us in prayer that these packs, which are intended to reach the west coast of North Korea, will deliver this life-changing message to fisherman and coastal residents there who are generally unreachable via any other form of evangelism.
Join Thirteen Three and Mr Yu in praying for this important ministry.
Here is a prayer that you might like to use, or post your own prayer in the comments below.
Father God, It’s horrible to hear about the life that North Koreans are forced to live and hard to believe that their leaders have knowingly hidden the truth from them. I know the only way this can change is for North Koreans to know You as their Lord and Saviour.
Please use these sea launches to show North Koreans the truth. You know every person in North Korea, so please guide the packs into the right people’s hands and open their hearts to You.
Protect Your people who are travelling out to sea to do this important task and protect the North Koreans that pick up the Scriptures and read them.
Thank you for hearing and answering as I pray.
In Jesus’ name
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