INCREASED INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN BOOK WRITTEN BY NORTH KOREAN UNDERGROUND CHRISTIANS
These Are the Generations, the true story of three generations of a North Korean family that faithfully received and passed on the gospel underground, was published in its sixth language this month, Czech, with printings in Spanish and Chinese scheduled for this spring.
한국 VOM에서 펴낸 『믿음의 세대들』(These Are the Generations)
“What makes These are the Generations unique isn’t just that it was co-written by North Korean underground Christians along with Voice of the Martyrs Korea,” representative Hyun Sook Foley says. “What is most unique is that it focuses on the day-by-day, year-by-year faithfulness of an underground North Korean Christian family, in carrying on the fundamentals of Christian life—prayer, evangelism, discipleship, worship, and mission.”
Representative Foley says that many books about North Korea focus on political and human rights issues, and that when Christianity is written about, it appears only in miraculous forms. These are the Generations, however, seeks to highlight the ordinary goodness of God in even the places that are most hostile to Christianity. She believes this is why the book is popular around the world, having been printed in Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Czech, and soon Chinese and Spanish, since its initial publication in Korean and English in 2012. .
Foley says that though seven years have passed since the book was first published, its contents remain as current as when the book was first written.
“Part of the message of These are the Generations is that while God sometimes uses new technology to spread Christianity, he doesn’t depend upon it. Instead, he depends on centuries-old practices carried out by steadfast hearts. That’s why Christians from all over the world love the book—they can learn from it and apply its lessons to their own lives.”