Christianity Growing in North Korea Despite Persecution, Defector Says
Kim Chung-seong, a North Korean defector now working as a Christian missionary, says despite the persecution faced by Christians in the world's most difficult place for Christians, the church continues to grow there.
"The one thing that the North Korean regime fears the most, and is afraid of, is the spreading of the Gospel," he said Friday at the first annual World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C. "Because the Bible and the Gospel speaks the truth. Once the light shines in the dark room, there is light in the room."
Despite the efforts of the government in North Korea, he said, the faith of Christians in that country continues to grow....
Sometimes we do our growing in Christ during the bad times in our lives and shine the brightest in the Dark Night of the soul. The storms buffets the oak tree and causes the roots to grow deeper and the tree grows stronger. God is getting His people ready for His soon coming.
Open Doors, an organization serving persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries, ranks North Korea "as the most oppressive place in the world for Christians."
"Christians are forced to hide their faith completely from government authorities, neighbors and often, even their own spouses and children. Due to ever-present surveillance, many pray with eyes open, and gathering for praise or fellowship is practically impossible,"
"Worship of the ruling Kim family is mandated for all citizens, and those who don't comply (including Christians) are arrested, imprisoned, tortured or killed. Entire Christian families are imprisoned in hard labor camps, where unknown numbers die each year from torture, beatings, overexertion and starvation. Those who attempt to flee to South Korea through China risk execution or life imprisonment, and those who stay behind often fare no better,"
"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Rev 2:10
Praying for our great leaders in faith in North Korea- Known by calluses on their knees