Satellite image of North Korea at night. Notice only the capital city, Pyongyang is lit at night.

Satellite image of North Korea at night. Notice only the capital city, Pyongyang is lit at night.

 Satellite image of one of 12 "concentration camp-like" prisons in North Korea.

Satellite image of one of 12 "concentration camp-like" prisons in North Korea.

Learn how you can impact North Korea

North Korea is a country of 23 million people and it is ranked the worst place on earth for Christians. Many believe North Korea is the most oppressed country in the history of the world. For 70 years now, following WWII, North Korea has operated as a totalitarian regime, meaning that the political authority exercises absolute control over all aspects of society. This is not a government by the people or for the people. The people are subordinate to the regime and exist only to further the regime. All autonomous thought, action or religious beliefs are a threat to its existence. The Kim family is the supreme authority and provider of all necessities. Each Kim ruler is a god-figure to society. All citizens are required to worship the current Kim, Kim Yun Un and those who don’t comply are arrested, imprisoned, tortured and killed. There are thought to be 300,000 Christians in North Korea who are forced to hide their faith. An estimated 30,000 Christians at any given time are suffering in prison camps being beaten, staved, tortured and killed. Those who attempt to flee North Korea risk execution and three generations of their family paying the price by being thrown in prison. Despite these repressive conditions God is still at work in North Korea. North Koreans are still coming to Christ and many of them continue to pay the price for their faith. What we know of North Korea largely comes from the testimonies of its defectors. It’s believed 30,000 have successfully defected from North Korea in the last 70 years. Let us pray for North Korean believers who are languishing in prison camps, and for the proclamation of the gospel, both inside and outside the prison walls.


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Sponsor a North Korean Pastor

I remember first seeing North Korea with my own eyes in 1993 when I went on a missions trip to Siberia, Russia. While standing in Russia, I looked across the river and starred at the land of North Korea. I can see that picture in my minds eye even as I write. God placed in my heart at that moment a deep burden for North Korea. Since that time I have read a dozen books on North Korea and have prayed for this country again and again asking God to bring freedom to the 23 million slaves in this country. I have prayed for my brothers and sisters in Christ in North Korea, asking God to protect them and use them for his glory. It was a great joy to have recently met with several North Korean defectors who are now pastors. Pastor Peter is one of the pastors, who you see in the picture. He is serving in South Korea seeking to bring the Gospel into North Korea in specialized ways. I can’t reveal details, but I can tell you that God is using pastors like Pastor Peter to reach North Korea and North Koreans are coming to Christ through their ministry. These pastors are beyond courageous. The consequences for getting caught defy imagination, and yet they are willing to risk it all for the sake of the gospel. These are modern day heroes of the faith. You can support a North Korean pastor for $50 per month.