November 1st, 2015
“I only laid my hands and prayed in Jesus Name”
Recently I have travelled into China and heard a story of a man who came out of North Korea prison. This story depicts how Christian survives in harsh condition.
Moses crossed the border and came to China for food. Instead, he was found by Cornerstone Ministry and trained to be a worker for underground church. As he returned to North Korea after months of training, he got caught along with his wife by the NK border patrol. The officer interrogated to find out what Moses and his wife were doing in China. They wanted to know the address and name of the person who has provided training to Moses. Interrogation was so harsh that he could not eat with a swollen mouth. Yet, Moses wrote down what he learned about God and Christian faith instead of telling them who had trained him. Officers beat him over again and he was to write admitting whatever border officers told him. However, Moses wrote again the greatness of God’s love he had received in the past eleven months through missionary who has given him foods when he was hungry and a place to sleep when he had no place to go. Moses said boldly that he never has received such love from anyone before. His paper was torn up and he was required to write again and again.
Torture continued four more months and he was losing all of his strength. He could no longer stand up. His mouth was swollen so badly that his voice could not be heard. Then, he called out to God, “If you are for real, why should I continue to be tortured. I cannot survive any longer. You brought me to China to believe in you and be trained to be your worker. I may die even before I work for you inside North Korea.” He cried out with every breath that he had left. Few nights later, he saw a vision that those officers were hung with thick wire on big telephone poles and they were all dead. Moses knew that it was the picture of these officers on the judgement day. Moses then rose up and began to praise God, “Yes, I will be with you, O’ God eternally; but they will not.” Moses felt so much pity on those officers and the lost ones. He began to tell other prisoners about God boldly whenever he had his chance while still being beaten and tortured.
One day a person in next prison cell was having severe diarrhea and complained about upset stomach. His body was left with only bones since prisoners were not receiving proper food. Actually, these prisoners receive less food than food given to pigs. Because pigs were meant for higher officers. Moses prayed as he entered the cell and laid his hand over this sick man and proclaimed healing in Jesus’ name. He has never done this before. It was his first time to lay hand and ask for healing. Immediately, sick person felt warmth in his body and diarrhea stopped and he was healed completely. Moses was surprised seeing the miracle. It was his first miracle he witnessed. He heard during the training how Jesus has healed and yet never experienced before in his own eyes. Only thing he has done was to proclaim in Jesus’ name. Then he realized that the Word is true and there is power in the name of Jesus. God manifests when Moses called His name.
They were many prisoners who have become paralyzed because of lack of nutrition and who were unable to move in a small cell for many months. As he laid his hand and prayed in Jesus’ name, one by one people were healing. A man with gum on tooth that has been swollen and so much of pus comes out. It caused terrible smell and whole cell smelled. Moses placed his hand on this sick man’s face and asked God for healing. The swollen part subsided immediately. The pain disappeared and he was healed. Many sick prisoners came to be healed and to believe Jesus as their Lord. He was doing ministry in prison even before he returned to his home town.
Word began to spread swiftly. One officer came and saw this healing; he said this man is a true Christian. Moses was able to visit many prison cells to pray for sick people since prison did not have any medicine to treat prisoners. Long before his sentenced date for release, one higher officer came and re-wrote Moses’ confession paper himself and asked Moses to stamp his finger. The paper read that Moses and his wife went to China for food and did not cause any shame to North Korea. He and his wife were released. As he was leaving the prison, officers told him that “We know you will escape to China, but return to North Korea when North Korea become better country since North Korea needs true and genuine Christian like yourself”. The officer is expecting North Korea will be changed and open for freedom soon. Moses went home and planted an underground church.
Isaac & Peter