Kim Il Sung
was brought up in a devout Christian family. He adopted his Christian
background to Communism and made Juche ideology which can be called
“Suryunggoy” (The cult of personality). He controlled North Korea with this
ideology and idolized himself as a god who cannot be challenged at all. He made
himself a religion and it got worse and worse. In Christianity, Jesus came to
earth as a God incarnate Human being. In North Korea, Kim Il Sung became the
only ultimate mediator and god who fulfilled the absolute value of communism on
Kim Il Sung
thought in the beginning of the process to establish the new nation North
Korea, that Juche Ideology could not be co-exist together with Christianity. He
severely persecuted the church. Till his death, he made laws and rules
continually to oppress the church. There were 300,000 Christians and 3,022
churches in Pyongyang in the year of the liberation. The gospel message
flourished and Pyongyang was called “Jerusalem of Asia”. However the number of
Christians dropped to 200,000 in 1949 and it dropped again to 100,000 after the
Korean War. According to Cornerstone Ministries International, about 16,984 believers
were killed because of their faith between in the years of 1945 to 2006 in
North Korea. There must be much more martyrs than this report. The great
numbers of believers were killed between in the years of 1950 to 1972. The
number was up to 10,436.
It is said
that there are hundreds of thousands of Christians in North Korean underground
church. It is like that the stump after a tree has been cut that produces
sprouts, stems, flowers and eventually flowers. In 1995, as North Korean food
crisis got worse, many North Koreans went over to China to get some food. These
North Korean escapees heard the gospel in China and went back to their homeland
to preach the gospel. It has helped to revive the North Korean underground
church even in severe persecution. What is urgent for us to do is to send them
bibles to build up their faith. The Bible is the best weapon for them to gain
the victory in the spiritual battle. They can be also strengthened by listening
to the Word of God through radio broadcasting. Cornerstone Ministries
International delivers a radio program called “Voice Of Wilderness” to North
Korea, which teaches the Word of God. There are numerous things to do for the
North Korean underground church. It is impossible for them to survive without
help from outside because they are already suffering from fierce persecution.
It is vital for them to build up their own infrastructure in North Korea to
develop and have underground church grow.
is important to train church leaders in North Korea.
have to help them to produce their own bible study materials.
Thirdly, the North
Korean church leaders have to build up a secret connection with one another.
new environment is needed to soften their anti-Christianity mindset caused by
Juche Ideology and to help them to accept Christianity without any strong
feeling of repulsion.
have to help them to survive financially. We can train those who come over to
China, to learn technical skills and give them financial support so that they
may start their own business to survive when they go back to North Korea. When South
Korean church and North Korea Mission organizations work together in this
particular mission business, its result is much better and fruitful. We have to
take part of these kinds of mission and work together. All of us cannot be
churches and ministries do not aim for the North Korea mission, it is difficult
to give professional missionaries active support. It helps the missionaries to
focus on their mission only. It is difficult for the local churches to get involved
in special missions for North Korea because it can be dangerous in security
wise. Also the local churches have to have their own vision and many other
works to do. It is better for them to support the special mission organizations
in different ways. While they are working together, it is also required that
the missionaries and teams to focus on their missions as well as to keep in
close touch with supporters.
Father, thank you for the protection over the North Korea underground church.
By your grace, they have kept their faith even though they are under the severe
oppression of the North Korean government since the liberation. We praise your
name, Lord. Because of your mercy and grace, the North Korea underground church
can be maintained, and it is even expanding actively during their hardship.
Father, we still pray for the North Korean underground churches to be protected
in the midst of difficulties. Lord, give us a burden of prayer for North Korea
to churches in South Korea so that they may actively get involved in North
Korea missions. We specially pray for those South Korean churches which are not
interested in North Korea or even cynical about North Korean missions. Please
let them know Your will, plan and time for reunification of the two Koreas by
the gospel. Father please give them the heart of God our Father so that they
may willingly participate in North Korea mission. Let us accept what each of us
has, and let us work together to preach the gospel and take great care of the
missions that You have given us. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.