“Do you hear what I hear…. Do you see what I see”?
This is a lyric of the song we sing at Christmas time. It is a happy and joyful song to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. Yet, this song continually lingers in my mind when I am in prayer for North Korea.
Is it that I am hearing the cracking sound of North Korean government and am I seeing the collapse? And the underground believers will have joyfully time to worship Jesus openly? Last week, I heard a very high North Korean officer in Europe sought asylum and entered into South Korea. This officer used to look after North Koreans in Europe. During the Suffering March started in 1995 and lasted three years, North Koreans escaped because they were hungry, they could not find the food inside. Now, high level government officers and well educated North Korean seeks to leave the nation for the freedom and better life. Seven other high officers came into South Korea during last six months. They are running away from the persecution although they were in the class to rule others. We, then ask a question, why would this ruling group run away from their home land? Do they hear and see how people in South Korea enjoy the freedom that God has given?
A pregnant woman knows when baby is coming because of the pain and the interval of pain shortens from every two hours to one hour and to half hour, to fifteen minutes, to five minutes. Then, as husband or grandparent you would hear her cry. Normal husband or grandparent would share her the pain from the outside of delivery room. After pregnant woman’s yelling, you will then hear the baby’s cry that is a joyful cry.
Do you hear what I hear? I feel the pain of the opening of North Korea. What shall we do when it opens? That was a big question. Then, I realize a pregnant woman prepares for her baby: clothes, diaper, towel, bed sheet, other necessities in advance. Her friend comes along and have ‘baby shower’ to help to prepare for upcoming baby.
Church in North Korea has experienced the severe persecution over 70 years. All church buildings were gone and believers went underground. When a believer caught by Security Bureau Officers, instead of denying Christ to live longer, they went to jail for 15 years where the life expectance is less than 3 years.
Now is the time to hear the voice of cry and see the persecuted church and ask God for His deliverance. We need to prepare to meet those persecuted children of God coming to the above ground because of peaceful unification between North and South Korea that God will soon bring about.
Isaac and Peter