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 April 19, 2012 11:33 AM

North Korea Freedom Week April 23-29
Despite the nation's poor economy, human rights abuses, and last week's failed rocket launch, North Korea continues to want to prove to the world that it is a "strong and prosperous nation." Please pray fervently for North Korea during North Korea Freedom Week.
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 April 12, 2012 6:49 PM

April 15 - Day of Prayer and Fasting for North Korea
As a brother or sister to North Korean Christians please join in solidarity by fasting and praying on April 15. Also this month, from April 23-29, global partners will join together in prayer during North Korea Freedom Week. When you join you will receive free information on how to participate in both events.
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 April 12, 2012 6:46 PM

How North Korea's "Day of the Sun" Causes More Suffering
"Glorify this year 2012 as a year of proud victory, a year when an era of prosperity is unfolding." The peak of planned festivities by the regime, to celebrate the prosperity of the people of North Korea, will take place on April 15th, the 100th birth anniversary of Kim Il-Sung. However, as preparations for the celebrations are underway, there is much suffering for the people--and there is no end in sight.
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 March 24, 2012 5:07 AM

North Korean Defectors Repatriated
A group of 41 North Korean who had been arrested in China became the latest refugees to be repatriated. Their repatriation took place amidst concerns about the severity of the punishments likely to be meted out by the North Korean authorities.
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 January 29, 2012 6:04 AM

Sharing the Gospel in Kim Jong-Il's Death Camp
Shortly after coming to faith in China, 70-year-old Hea Woo* found herself back across the border in a North Korean gulag. In this valley of the shadow of death, God spoke comfort to her, but also told her to evangelize. Hea Woo shares her compelling story of how God met and sustained her while in prison.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 29, 2012 5:40 AM

The Hidden Bible
Nowhere else in the world are so many Bibles hidden literally underground as in North Korea. In the country that has been consistently number one on Open Doors' World Watch List, the Bible is absolutely forbidden. Christian refugee Lee Joo-Chan remembered how his parents snuck outside under cover of darkness to get their Bible. "Every night they went to the garden and dug up a pot. They took out a black book and read from it."
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 January 29, 2012 5:24 AM

Inside North Korea's War on Christianity
North Korea has been waging war on Christianity ever since the Japanese were driven out of the Korean peninsula in 1945. The Kim dynasty (Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il and now Kim Jong-Un) has deported and even killed entire families. With Kim Jong-Un as the new leader of the cruel regime, it is expected that times may become even worse for Christians.
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 January 19, 2012 4:08 PM

North Korea Announces Release of Prisoners
North Korea has announced the amnesty of prisoners to commemorate the deceased leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. This year, 2012, marks the centenary of the first Kim, who died in 1994, and the 70th birth anniversary of his son, who passed away in December. Starting on February, 1 an unknown number of prisoners will be released.
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 December 21, 2011 5:58 AM

Kim Jong-II Dead; North Korean Believers Face Uncertain Future: "Today marks a significant day in North Korean history," says Open Doors USA President Dr. Carl Moeller. "Though this brutal dictator, who was responsible for so many atrocities, has died, the future is still unknown. This is why it is vital that Christians around the world pray for North Korea during this transitional time. Pray especially for the brave Christians inside North Korea. There are an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 Christians being held in North Korean prison camps where they face even more horrific treatment than other prisoners. People are starving to death. The people of North Korea are living a nightmare that never ends." Read more>>

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 December 19, 2011 7:09 PM

Kim Jong-Il

You've already heard the news and are probably asking yourself, "What can I do for the people locked inside North Korea?"

With the passing of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, its inhabitants, family members around the world and neighboring countries are living in the fear of uncertainty. And because only God knows what will happen next, we can meet Him in prayer.

Please pray that:

  • The new leader, Kim Jong-Un, will have a heart of mercy and end the cycle of inhumane dictatorial rule.
  • Those in government who have been "secret Christians" will gain more power and influence.
  • Christians who have been imprisoned because of their faith will have opportunities to lead others in prayers. And while they pray the Holy Spirit will be revealed to those who don't know Jesus.
  • There will be an increase in opportunities to share about Jesus without fear of retaliation.
  • The joy and hope of Jesus will be revealed to those who are sorrowful and feel uncertain of the future.
  • North Korean Christians will gain a new boldness and wisdom and will seize opportunities to tell others about the Christmas story of Jesus' birth.
  • On Christmas day especially, the light of Christ will penetrate every home and heart in North Korea.
  • Refugees who have fled into China and become Christian will courageously return to North Korea and share the hope of Jesus to a hurting nation.
  • The horrendous situation with starvation will not escalate even further because of the government's desire to demonstrate control.
  • The thousands of starving children who are homeless will find shelter, comfort and love in a home with a believer.

Along with your prayers, please stay informed through Open Doors media releases that will be posted in our blog, Facebook, Twitter, website and Weekly Prayer Alerts.

Please pray with me and the entire Open Doors family that God will flood North Korea with His grace and peace in a manner that changes this country for His glory, forever. Just as He changed the world on the holiest of nights when Christ was born.

In Christ alone,

Carl Moeller
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 December 08, 2011 2:38 PM

Worldwide Demonstration Protesting Genocide in North Korea - December 9, 2011
Tomorrow the global community is taking a stand against the genocide that has been occurring for decades in North Korea. Several protests are scheduled in major world cities including New York where North Korean Defector Activist Ji Seong Ho will address an audience in front of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Mission to the UN. Open Doors has long stood as an advocate for religious freedom around the world, especially in North Korea, where basic human rights have been so brutally abused. Join in prayer that the global protests will bring awareness and an end to genocide in North Korea.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 08, 2011 2:36 PM

Christmas in North Korea?
Christmas is a special time to reflect on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. But in North Korea, most citizens do not know about Christmas or for that matter, God. The only deities are Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. People must worship only them. Christmas just doesn't exist or does it? In a recent report several North Koreans share their Christmas stories.
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 August 01, 2011 3:34 PM

Activists Sacrifice
All for Redemption
of North Koreans

With thousands fleeing North Korea, only a very few would risk their lives by crossing into North Korea to challenge the country's oppression. Recently, however, two American Christians did just that.

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 August 01, 2011 3:32 PM

The Gulags:
North Korea's
Most Terrifying


Get an inside look at North Korea's infamous prison camps, where an estimated 200,000 are imprisoned today. In the past three decades, these camps have claimed the lives of about 400,000 North Koreans.

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 August 01, 2011 3:31 PM

From Pentecost 

to Holocaust: 

The History of Christianity in North Korea

Trace the history of Christianity in North Korea from Korea's first Protestant martyr and the Pyongyang Great Revival to today's modern-day holocaust.


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 August 01, 2011 3:29 PM

North Korea: Exposed
August 2011 Special Edition

Dear Donna Matthews,

One hundred and thirty-five years ago, Robert Jermain Thomas of Wales spent everything he had (his life) in his mission to bring the word of God to North Korea. As the boat that was carrying the Bibles he was smuggling was burning at a port in North Korea, he furiously tore open the crates and threw Bibles to the crowds on shore, all the while shouting "Jesus, Jesus!" With his shirt on fire, he finally leapt into the water with a last arm-full of Bibles and swam to shore where he was taken to his death by authorities.

North Korea, like the Middle East, is one of the last remaining strongholds where malevolent, hidden spiritual forces and their human tools fight tooth and nail against the Holy Spirit to keep out the light of Christ.

Yet the Lord will not be denied. He will have His bride and nothing will stop Him in His pursuit of her and His desire to be with her. The greater the pressure on His Church, the more it will grow in these places. The pressure causes believers to open their hearts and lives to God. Like a light under a clay pot, their "outer shell" breaks and His light shines through them. The darker the place, the more visible His light appears to all around. It is a spiritual law almost as sure as gravity.

I invite you to chain your heart this month to your brothers and sisters in North Korea and to join in the holy and precious work of being the hands, legs, and mouth of Christ to them. Work with us. Stand alongside us on the burning boat and throw Bibles to them as together we shout "Jesus, Jesus."

We will use your funds effectively, efficiently, and in prayer. . . I promise.

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 August 01, 2011 3:27 PM

Refugees, Faith, and Miracles

Two remarkable women share their story of their escape from North Korea and their long journey to faith in Christ.

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 July 23, 2011 6:02 AM

The Supremacy of Jesus Christ in North Korea
The coming reign of Kim Jong-Un, third son of Kim Jong-Il, looks to be a continuation of the terror of his father's regime. It is difficult for us to see Christ in the midst of this darkness, but for North Korean Christians, the supremacy of Christ is their hope, their strength, their joy.
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 April 27, 2011 5:09 AM

North Korea Freedom Week: This week (April 24-30) is North Korea Freedom Week, an annual event aimed at raising awareness for the plight of North Koreans and, ultimately, at bringing about their freedom. North Korea ranks at the top of Open Doors’ World Watch List, and desperately needs our prayer and support. Open Doors USA is providing a number of resources for you to be involved with this worldwide effort on behalf of North Koreans that can be found here. More information on recent developments in North Korea and the plight of Christians there can be found here>>

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 March 30, 2011 5:01 AM

Stories from the Persecuted:

Lee* had spent many long years in a North Korean labor camp because he had been discovered listening to a Christian merchant sharing the gospel message. As a wealthy man with a high-ranked position, Lee knew the Christian faith was strictly forbidden. But he did not deny his secret attempts to learn more about it.

He served out his sentence in prison; forced to work day and night with very little food. He still had nightmares about his time at the labor camp, which he described as “a living hell.”

Although Lee was fortunate to come out alive, he had nowhere to go. For the first time in his life he was penniless and starving. So he risked his life to cross the river into China, seeking freedom and food.

Along the way, Lee met a Christian who learned that Lee was experiencing acute pain. He was burdened to pray for Lee, and later learned that he was suffering from a long-term kidney stone that needed immediate treatment."

When Lee went to the doctor, the diagnosis was even worse than expected. In fact, an even larger kidney stone was discovered deep within his kidneys, requiring two separate operations."

Lee and his Christian friend decided to pray. After they finished praying at 3 a.m., Lee explained that he had felt something hard inside his kidney softening, turning into something like flour as it flowed downwards."

The next day, Lee went back to the doctors. “The doctors could not hide their astonishment,” he said. “Their diagnosis revealed that the first large kidney stone had been ground into fine powder and settled at the bottom, just as I had described his experience during prayer.”

After experiencing God’s miraculous healing, Lee now hopes to return to his hometown in North Korea and share with his family that God indeed exists and has miraculously healed him."

*Not real name to protect identity

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 March 11, 2011 7:59 AM

Jesus Saves North Korean Christians From Despair

"Today we do not live for today. Today we live for tomorrow." This is one of the slogans the North Korean government used in the nineties to give hope and trust to the people. But as the years went by, tomorrow never came. In letters from North Korean secret church leaders they paint a very gray image of a country that looks forward every day, but never looks up. Christians also avert their eyes from reality and focus on tomorrow; but their tomorrow starts in John 14, where Jesus says that he will prepare a place for His followers.
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 February 26, 2011 1:35 AM

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World Watch Update:
North Korea

North Korea is a country in complete crisis, and where persecution of Christians is the most severe in the world. Famine holds vast swathes of the nation in its grip, and untold thousands live in poverty and misery.

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 December 23, 2010 3:58 AM

North Korea Church

“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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 September 17, 2010 2:44 PM

Open Doors stays in touch with Christians in North Korea through letters smuggled out of the country. One church leader expresses the difficulty of finding words to show his thankfulness for Christ and His worldwide church in his moving letter.
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 April 09, 2010 2:58 PM

Dear Donna,

There is no other place in the world so isolated, so spiritually dark and systematically inhumane as North Korea. Several million have died as a result of imprisonment and food shortages caused by the government’s isolationist policy, which led to the collapse of the food distribution system and poor harvests.

North Korean Christians are singled out for their loyalty to Christ instead of their dictator Kim Jong Il. Though many have remained strong in their faith, they struggle against despair. Some have the strength to pray for the salvation of their leader and simply desire to worship God freely.

Moved by their courage, it is time for us to use our freedom on behalf of these believers living in utter isolation! Our goal is to get 50,000 standing with and praying for 50,000 North Korean Christians.

But it all starts with you! First, you can download the prayer calendar to inform and inspire your prayers. Then help open the eyes of others to the reality of persecution in North Korea by:

Thank you for rallying with us to support our brothers and sisters living as lights within the darkness of North Korea's borders.


Carl Moeller
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 February 17, 2010 10:15 AM

This year North Korea has topped the list again.

"There is no other country in the world where Christians are being persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner," says Carl Moeller, President/CEO of Open Doors USA.

One expert on North Korea stated: "Christians are the target of fierce government action, and once caught, are not regarded as human. Last year we had evidence that some [of those captured] were used as guinea pigs to test chemical and biological weapons."

Click countries below to view profiles of the top 10:

1. North Korea
2. Iran
3. Saudi Arabia
4. Somalia
5. Maldives
6. Afghanistan
7. Yemen
8. Mauritania
9. Laos

Persecuted Christians - Open Doors Homepage
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 February 17, 2010 10:10 AM

February Updates

>Brave believer's
faith rewarded.

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 January 28, 2010 3:37 AM

The level of persecution against Christians is increasing in North Korea. The government is feeling that they are slowly losing their grip on society and have intensified their control on the civilians, and Christian activities are labeled as anti-North Korean criminal activities. Inside sources know the names of more than twenty Christians who have been murdered for their faith this year. And these are only the Christians we know of; the actual figure is much higher. More than a thousand North Korean Christians disappeared last year and most of the Christians who have been arrested are secretly killed by the government. Families left behind were sent to political prison camps. Christians who weren’t executed were sent to political prison camps. Christians were also being more horribly tortured this year and were sometimes used for the testing of biological or chemical weapons. It is estimated that there are 400,000 Christians in North Korea. About a quarter of these Christians are being held in political prison camps under harsh circumstances.
Watch testimonies of persecuted Christians from North Korea>>

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 December 17, 2009 7:02 AM

Dear Donna

“One Hundred Days of Combat” in North Korea

September 17 marked the end of “150 days of combat” in North Korea during which the movement of citizens was closely monitored.  Permits were required to go from one place to another.  Everyone was required to work for the state and if they were found on the streets without a permit they were sent to labor camps.  Additionally, church leaders report that many are starving to death from the famine.  Even some parents have left their children as orphans to wander the streets because the pain of helplessly watching them slowly starve to death was too much to bear.

The work of Open Doors was restricted during those 150 days, but on September 17 the workers were ready to begin again distributing Bibles, Christian literature, food, medications and emergency goods.  Then a mere five days later the disheartening news broke that another “100 days of combat” was declared.  After much prayer, the Christian leaders have determined to continue this vital work during the restrictions and have asked that we cover them in prayer.

Father, our hearts weep over our brothers and sisters in North Korea who suffer so much hardship simply because they were born in a place ruled by a tyrannical leader.  Comfort them in their suffering; have mercy on them; meet their basic needs of food and shelter; protect them.  Thank you for the bold compassion of those who share even their meager rations with others who have less. And in the midst of this profound darkness may Your light  shine and cause Your church there to grow.

Letters from America
Consider sending an e-letter to “Free North Korea Radio” and let the North Koreans know we are praying for them.  Your greeting will be read on the radio in North Korea!   Include your first name, what state you live in, and a brief message.  We ask that you avoid making the message overly complicated as it will be difficult to properly translate.  Send your e-letters to and put "Letters from America" in the subject of the email – you can write as often as you wish!

Praying with you,

The Prayer Force Team

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 September 23, 2009 12:44 PM

September 23, 2009

Dear Donna,  

North Korea Prayer Vigil 

Scores of North Korean citizens have tried to escape the oppressive regime in their country.  Once across the border, instead of finding freedom, often they are caught and forcibly repatriated.  In North Korea this crime is punishable by death.  Many who have been captured are sent to a labor camp…seldom do they survive living under the horrific conditions of a North Korean prison. 
Tomorrow, September 24, marks the 27th anniversary of the signatory date when the government of China agreed that they will allow refugees to seek asylum, as defined through the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.   However, since that date there have been countless violations with refugees being repatriated to North Korea or forced into prostitution, marriage or other forms of human bondage in China.  This is often to the gain of the Chinese capturers; it has become a lucrative business in China. 

For seven consecutive years, North Korea has held the number one position on the Open Doors World Watch list of the countries where persecution of Christians is most severe.  This year the anniversary of the signing will be marked with prayer vigils around the world along with other activities. 

Father, we feel the heaviness of the fear in which the people of North Korea exist on a daily basis.  May the forced repatriation of North Korean refugees who have sought refuge in China come to an end.  May Your mighty hand of protection be upon the people of North Korea, especially Christians, who live in the shadow of fear, that they might know the light and hope of the gospel.

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 June 25, 2009 12:51 PM

FAMILIES HOLD OUT HOPE FOR JOURNALISTS DETAINED IN NORTH KOREA: The families of the two American journalists sentenced to hard labor in a North Korean prison camp say they are hoping Laura Ling and Euna Lee will be home in time to celebrate some important family milestones this summer. Full Story & Televised Interview>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous  May 28, 2009 2:41 PM

ALERT LEVEL RAISED ON NORTH KOREA: South Korean and US troops have gone on higher alert after North Korea said it was scrapping the treaty that halted the Korean War more than 50 years ago.  Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  May 13, 2009 12:41 PM

Breaking Through the Borders of the
World's Worst Persecution Hot Spot
North Korea needs your prayers.
Under the cruel dictatorship of a man who considers himself deity, North Korea remains the number one persecutor of Christians for the seventh year running. Read full story...

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anonymous  May 02, 2009 6:01 PM

There is still time to email your Representative and ask him/her to support this bill. 
Learn more about how you can take action for North Koreans>>

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anonymous  May 02, 2009 5:58 PM

April Frontline Update 2009

NORTH KOREA FREEDOM WEEK: North Korea Freedom Week is finally here! To kick the week off we rallied on Capitol Hill and then proceeded to meet with U.S. Representatives, asking them to support the North Korea Sanctions and Diplomatic Nonrecognition Act.  Together, with supporters from many different organizations, we will also deliver the Declarations of Support to their respective Congressional offices which were signed by Open Doors supporters.   [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
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NORTH KOREA FREEDOM WEEK SAVE THE DATE: North Korea Freedom Week is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC from April 26 - May 2, 2009.  More information including a full schedule of events will be available soon!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  October 30, 2008 7:42 PM

Christian ministry working with persecuted churches said removing North Korea from the U.S. terrorism blacklist gives legitimacy to a country that has the worst religious freedom violations in the world. “There is no other country in the world where Christians are being persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner,” said Carl Moeller, president/CEO of Open Doors USA, in a statement this week. “Often three generations of Christians are hunted down and killed or placed in prisons.” Full Story>>

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SUZANNE SCHOLTE: "THERE IS A HOLOCAUST GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN NORTH KOREA:"  Suzanne Scholte, who has been fighting for human rights in North Korea and West Sahara for years, accepted The Seoul Peace Prize yesterday. At the award ceremony, Ms. Scholte received the Seoul Peace Prize not just for herself, but for those who have inspired her work: the North Korean defectors and the Sahrawi people of Western Sahara. "By recognizing my work, you also honor them for they have inspired me in all my efforts and given me strength and endurance," she added. Full Story>>
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anonymous  July 09, 2008 9:54 AM

Join the Worldwide Day of Fasting and Prayer

NORTH KOREA - July 27th marks the 55th anniversary of the Korean War armistice and creation of the Demilitarized Zone, which is the border that divides North and South Korea and is the most heavily armed border in the world. Join the Global Justice Prayer Network and Open Doors for the Worldwide Day of Fasting and Prayer on July 27th, 2008. For more information on how to specifically pray for North Korea join the Open Doors prayer chain.

*News Source: Compass Direct News

Praying with you, 

Christina and the Prayer Force Team  


Open Doors USA

Please feel free to share this Alert with others who will pray for these situations, quoting the source as Open Doors.  Please do not post this information on a private website.  For information on how to become more involved in Open Doors' work of caring for persecuted Christians, please visit

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Join the Worldwide Day of Fasting and Prayer for North Korea

With the recent changes in trade sanctions between the US and North Korea, and other current events it is important that we stay united in our prayers for North Korea. July 27th marks the 55th anniversary of the Korean War armistice and creation of the Demilitarized Zone, the border which divides North and South Korea most heavily armed border in the world. Join the Global Justice Prayer Network and Open Doors for the Worldwide Day of Fasting and Prayer on July 27th, 2008.

North Korea continues to hold the number one spot on the World Watch List for the last six years. For more weekly prayer points on North Korea, sign up for the North Korea prayer campaign. 

*News Source: Compass Direct News

Praying with you, 

Christina and the Prayer Force Team  


Open Doors USA

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Linda Dye (pictured right), from Columbus Ohio, compares the plight of North Koreans to that of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.  “I have always said that if I had lived during World War II, I would have done something to help the Jewish people. During WW II the outside world met their anguished existence in concentration camps with mostly apathy and indifference. I was determined that I would not be apathetic or indifferent to the atrocities committed against North Koreans now.”  Read more>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  June 12, 2008 4:42 AM

ecret North Korean Christians critically need your prayers
How much do you value your Bible? For North Korea’s courageous Christians, this is more than a thought-provoking question… it’s a matter of life and death. “If you get caught carrying a Bible, there is no way to save your life,” explains one North Korean refugee who dared to make the treacherous journey across the border to China. It’s no exaggeration.
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UPDATE ON CONGRESSIONAL LETTER TO CHINESE PRESIDENT HU JINTAO:  From April 26th to May 3rd, people from around the United States gathered in Washington D.C. for North Korea Freedom Week.  We delivered several thousand letters signed by Open Doors supporters, asking their U.S. Representative to sign a letter to President Hu of China. Learn More>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  April 30, 2008 4:17 AM

Please pray specifically for each NKFW event in Washington, D.C.:

Tuesday, April 29: 11 am: Concert with North Korean defectors followed by noon Capitol Hill Rally for North Korean Human Rights and to Save the Refugees; Visits to senators and congressmen for North Korea Human Rights and Refugees Legislative Initiatives (after the rally).

Wednesday, April 30: 10-11:30 am: Panel Discussion on North Korean Refugees Focusing on Two Reports.

Thursday, May 1: Morning Press Conference.

Friday, May 2: noon: Capitol Hill Forum Honoring the North Korean Defectors

Pray for all of the volunteers and coordinators who traveled to NKFW events to return home safely and well rested with great testimonies to share with their church, family, and friends. (Revelation 12:11)

 Download and print the China Prayer Countdown Calendar for May.

Praying with you, 

Christina and the Prayer Force Team 


Open Doors USA

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anonymous  April 30, 2008 4:15 AM

Kim Jong Il Tries to Eliminate Christianity in North Korea*

Former police and security officers in North Korea told a U.S. government body that their superiors had instructed them to play the role of Christians and infiltrate “underground” prayer meetings in order to incriminate, arrest, imprison and sometimes execute believers in North Korea. The six officers were tasked with finding and eliminating small gatherings of Christians, which is reported by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“There are no preliminary hearings when religious people get caught,” one agent said. “[We] regard[ed] them as anti-revolutionary elements. When such an offender is caught in North Korea, the National Security Agency (NSA) officers surround the person and kick and beat the person severely before interrogating.”

Another agent said, “The most important question asked to the repatriated is whether they have met South Korean missionaries or evangelists or encountered or experienced religion. If they confess that they have met missionaries or deacons…then without any further questions, they will be sent to the NSA and they are as good as dead.”  Read More…

Pray that the heavy persecution of repatriated believers will cease.  Pray that the hearts of the police and security officers in North Korea will be softened with the truth of Jesus Christ and that they will receive grace and mercy for their sins. (Ephesians 5:14) 

*News Source: Compass Direct News

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anonymous  April 25, 2008 5:53 AM

April Frontline Update

NORTH KOREA FREEDOM WEEK: Our brothers and sisters in North Korea continue to struggle for their freedom, being imprisoned, tortured, and executed for their beliefs. In just five days, the Congressional letter on behalf of North Korean refugees will be closed. Please email your U.S. Representative today, asking him/her to sign this letter BEFORE it closes on April 29th. Send your email now!>>

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anonymous  April 23, 2008 7:36 AM


North Korean Students Arrested for Reading the Bible - Free North Korea Broadcasting

Ten college students in Ham Kyung Book Do Chung, North Korea, were recently investigated and arrested for reading a Bible and watching a video CD about the Bible. According to Free North Korea Broadcasting, Mr. Jung, former vice president of GumRung Company of the Rodong Dang Labor Organization Department, reported the case and has since escaped to China to avoid arrest by the National Security Agency (Bowiboo). "In March 2006, 200 Life Bibles and several hundred CDs were purchased in China and secretly placed in flour bags before being smuggled into North Korea. This huge Bible smuggling case was headed by GumRung Company employees who were influenced by Christianity in China and underground Christians in Nasun City. All the leaders have been arrested and are being severely tortured. If I am caught, I will be sent to a prison camp for political criminals. I didn't want to die in prison camp, so I escaped," Mr. Jung said. In the Free North Korea Broadcasting report, Mr. Jung added that most of the arrested students attended Chung Jin College. "These students shared the Bible and video CD with their friends. They also distributed the Bibles and video CDs to the other college towns," he said. Pray God encourages and protects believers in North Korea. Ask God to give them courage and for them to love their persecutors. Psalm 107:2  [ send green star]  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  April 23, 2008 6:04 AM

North Korea Freedom Week Starts this Saturday

This Saturday, protests and prayer vigils will be held all around the world in an effort to bring awareness to the social injustices of North Korean refugees. Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Canada, London, Belgium, Japan, and South Korea are just a few of the confirmed locations where events will be held for NKFW. See a full list of the events in D.C. and more information on what’s happening in your area.

Also, “Save the Date” for the International Day of Prayer for North Korea on Sunday, April 27, 2008. Join us in hosting your own Prayer Vigil.

Praying with you,

Christina and the Prayer Force Team

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anonymous  March 28, 2008 2:37 AM

September 13, 2007 12:36 PM

Son Jong NamShuang ShuyingVan Thong

North Korea
Arrested: January 2006
Days Imprisoned: document.write(Math.round(iDiff));616
Print Fact Sheet
Jong Nam, an underground Christian in North Korea, has spent more than
a year in prison, awaiting public execution. He risked his life
returning to North Korea to preach the gospel and VOM contacts believe
he is still alive, although contact is limited. Write a letter of
encouragement. Let Son know you pray for him and other believers in
North Korea. Let your friends know about persecution in North Korea;
encourage them to pray and write. Also, write to North Korea officials
requesting Son’s release. Pray for and write to Son today.

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anonymous  March 28, 2008 2:25 AM - In North Korea, the treatment of Christians has reached new lows in brutality.

In one particular account taking place in 1997, two people were shot to death for carrying Bibles.

Others are thrown into some of the most brutal prison camps the world has ever seen.

Often, two and three generations of Christians are sent to labor
camps -- similar to concentration camps -- so that when the family
dies, their faith dies with them.

But communism as a worldwide threat to Christianity has been replaced by a greater menace -- Islam.

The good side of this story is that the church is growing in these countries.

The reason why persecution takes place in Islamic nations is because
people are coming to Christ. Since power in these lands is built around
the Islamic faith and its mosques, Muslims view those coming to know
Jesus as a threat.

There are an estimated 1.5 billion Muslims in the world and they
make up the majority population in 52 nations, mostly in Africa, Asia
and the Middle East.

In hard-line nations like Saudi Arabia, religious police harass and
sometimes arrest Christians simply for practicing their faith.

In other Muslim countries, Christians are second-class citizens -- denied access to higher education and good jobs.

And authorities often look the other way when Muslims persecute them.

One such country is Pakistan, where Muslims make up 98 percent of the population.

Ray Thorne of The Voice of the Martyrs, a Christian organization
assisting the persecuted church around the world, frequently travels to
India and Pakistan to offer help to persecuted Christians and tell
their stories.

"We've seen many more martyrdoms," Thorne said. "We've seen a lot
more persecution in the village areas, churches being under attack,
prayer meetings, things like this."

And like all Christians who suffer for their faith, they plead for the prayers of the worldwide body of Christ.

"The greatest frustration for the persecuted believer is that he
listens to the devil's lies saying it's all over, you're the last one,
there's no hope, nobody cares, nobody knows.," Brother Andrew said. "So
we let them know that we are with them, that we pray for them, that we
support them, that they are part of the same body, that we are part of.
If one member suffers, the whole body suffers. I feel your pain, and I
will share my joy and my surplus with your."

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North Korean Christians arrested; current status unknown
November 8, 2007 In a highly unusual press conference in Pyongyang in September, the National Security Service of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced the arrest of “foreign spies” and “native citizens working for a foreign intelligence service.” The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), a ministry serving Christians in restricted nations who are persecuted for their faith, announced today that those arrested in North Korea were in fact Christian believers and not spies.

The security service spokesman at the press conference, Li Su Gil, said that those arrested “carried out the missions by means of diverse espionage equipment.” He did not name any of those arrested.
VOM has identified the following North Korean Christians who have disappeared and are believed to have been arrested by government authorities:
Onseong, North Hamgyong Province:

Chul Huh, male

Chun-Il Jang, male, 39

Young-Su Jin, male, 32

Myung-Chul Kim, male, 36

Nam-Suk Kang, male, 48

Young-Yae Lee, female, 37

Hoeryong, North Hamgyong Province:

San-Ho Kang, male, 36

Cheongjin, North Hamgyong Province:

Mi-Hae Park, female, 30

Suk-Chun Suh, male, 29

These North Korean Christians had started a portrait photography studio to help support themselves, and had registered their businesses with appropriate government authorities. According to VOM sources working in North Korea, they were not involved in espionage activities. It is believed that equipment taken by the government was in fact photography equipment used in their portrait work.

“Following Jesus Christ is considered treason in North Korea, where the government mandates that worship is reserved for deceased dictator Kim Il Sung and his son, the current dictator, Kim Jong Il,” said Todd Nettleton, spokesperson for VOM. “The Voice of the Martyrs is proud to stand with Christ’s followers in North Korea, and deeply concerned for the well-being of our brothers and sisters there. We call on the North Korean government to release these Christian believers, who were involved in legitimate business activities to support themselves and their families.”

The Voice of the Martyrs has been actively involved in helping North Korean Christians for decades. Among the projects the ministry has carried out for North Korea is the launch of thousands of “scripture balloons,” mylar balloons filled with helium and printed on either side with scripture passages. VOM has conducted other projects to help North Korean Christians but cannot discuss details publicly to protect the safety of VOM workers and contacts inside North Korea.

VOM sources do not know the whereabouts of the arrested believers. It is possible that they have already been tried and executed.

“We pray that they are alive,” said Nettleton. “But we know it is possible that they have finished their race on earth and gone on to their eternal reward in heaven. We encourage Christians everywhere to pray for our brothers and sisters in North Korea, who must constantly face the threat of arrest, torture and execution simply for living out their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Christians are encouraged to write letters protesting the arrest to the DPRK delegation to the United Nations:

Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's

Republic of Korea to the United Nations

820 Second Avenue, 13th Floor

New York, NY 10017

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