Tag Archives | North Korea


NORTH KOREA: Defectors Sharing the Gospel

Mrs Han, a North Korean defector, is determined to share her faith with her countrymen. After defecting a few years ago, Mrs Han came to know Christ in South Korea. She then joined a VOM training program for defectors that teaches the basic tenants of

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NIGERIA, CHINA, INDIA: Persecution Set to Rise in 2019

In Nigeria, Fulani militants look set to continue devastating attacks against Christians in the north and central Nigeria. In the first six months of 2018 alone, they killed up to 6,000 and drove 50,000 from their homes. The heavily armed Fulani militants are following in the

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Mrs Han finds Closeness with her Family after Loss

Mrs Han and her husband served for many years on the border of North Korea and China until her husband was kidnapped and killed by North Korean assassins in 2016. In the 1990s, famine pushed many North Koreans to seek work and help outside of

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Project: NK Newcomer’s Ministry

All North Korea defectors must pass through a training program to live in South Korea. Defectors stay there a minimum of three months, after which they are assigned to live in a specific area by the SK government. Voice of the Martyrs Australia together with

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A Hero’s Journey

I didn’t grow up in North Korea but rather in Japan. My parents, however, had lived in Korea and were strong supporters of North Korea. They were members of the pro-North Korean Resident’s League. North Korea created propaganda specifically for people like my parents (Koreans

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Previously Unknown Martyr

Voice of the Martyrs Korea has learned the story of a previously unknown North Korean Christian martyr from a North Korean government video used to train state security agents how to identify and silence proponents of religion inside North Korea. The purpose of the North

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Freedom Gave Me Purpose

As a young girl, I can remember my grandfather praying, in secret, to avoid being reported by his neighbours and receiving consequent reprisals from the authorities. In North Korea, Christians practise their faith in secret and never discuss it, not even with family members. As

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North Korea: A Land of Pain

On a recent visit to Korea, I visited a facility which receives defectors from North Korea and ‘reprograms’ them for life in a Western country like South Korea. There, I was struck by the lack of basic skills of the defectors, which we in the

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Project: Sending God’s Word into North Korea by Balloon

In 2018, Voice of the Martyrs Australia is partnering with VOM Korea in a project to launch 37,500 North Korean dialect Bibles (direct text and study notes of explanation from 46 different Bible stories) via high-altitude balloons from South Korea into North Korea. Our goal

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PROJECT UPDATE: Radio Broadcasts

In 2018 Voice of the Martyrs Australia is helping to fund projects initiated by Voice of the Martyrs Korea to equip and encourage the North Korean underground church through radio broadcasts. Below is a recent update from VOM Korea regarding these broadcasts. When we first

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PROJECT: Korea’s Underground Technology School

In 2018, VOM Australia is sending funds to Voice of the Martyrs Korea’s Underground Technology (UT) school. Every year, more than 1,000 North Koreans defect into South Korea. Some of these defectors bring with them a burning desire to know God. Voice of the Martyrs

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PROJECT: Connecting with the NK Underground Church

In 2018 Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) Australia is helping to fund projects initiated by Voice of the Martyrs Korea to connect with the North Korean underground church. In February workers from VOM visited a top-secret refugee resettlement centre which all North Korean defectors must

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NORTH KOREA: Canadian Pastor Released

A Canadian pastor who was sentenced to a life term of hard labour in North Korea for “crimes against the state” in December 2015 has been released, the country’s official news agency says. A statement confirmed 62-year-old Hyeon Soo Lim had been released on humanitarian

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NORTH KOREA: Spreading the Gospel

A new shortwave radio program created by North Korean defectors and Voice of the Martyrs is reaching an estimated two million North Koreans nightly. Each 90-minute program includes a Scripture reading, encouraging messages from Christians around the world, readings from Pastor Richard Wurmbrand’s Tortured for

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Trafficked: Earthly Captivity to Eternal Calling

Jong-su grew increasingly nervous as she sped away from the North Korean border in the smuggler’s vehicle. She had crossed the Yalu River into China the previous night, after her boyfriend had threatened to report her illegal trading business because she had rejected his marriage

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Martyred by North Korean Assassins

When Pastor Han answered a phone call one afternoon at his church in Changbai, China, near the North Korean border, his wife saw no particular reason for concern. She knew, however, that for several months both Chinese police and South Korean intelligence officers had been

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Memories of a North Korean Defector

When North Korea was established as an independent nation after World War II, its leader, Kim Il Sung, outlawed all religions except the worship of himself as the ‘Great Leader.’ Churches were destroyed, Bibles were confiscated and teaching children about Jesus became very dangerous. For

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NORTH KOREA: Balloon Launch

VOM Australia helped fund a project to launch 36,000 North Korean dialect Bibles which included direct text and study notes from 50 different Bible stories. These high altitude balloons are sent from South Korea into North Korea. In North Korea, if you are caught with

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North Korea: In the Lord’s Hands

Australian Christian John Short was detained in North Korea in 2014 after leaving Gospel tracts outside a Buddhist temple. Here, John’s wife Karen shares about how God ministered to her, how she and John stayed connected through Scripture even though they couldn’t talk to each

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Who Do You Sing For?

Throughout history it has been known that many cultures love to sing. Their songs have been written for different purposes: Foremost, they love to sing their national anthem with pride but there are other songs that make a statement or express an emotion while there

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