RESPONSE TO GYEONGGI PROVINCE GOVERNOR LEE’S CALL FOR INVESTIGATION OF BALLOON LAUNCHING NGOS
For 15 years, Voice of the Martyrs Korea has experienced only the utmost respect from all levels of Gyeonggi Province’s government and law enforcement, due to our spirit of cooperation and communication. As a result, we were stunned and, frankly, extremely puzzled by Governor Lee’s statement today.
Voice of the Martyrs Korea has only ever launched the Bible by balloon. We have never printed or distributed political flyers at any time. In fact, we launch the Bible translation published by the North Korean government itself, which the North Korean government repeatedly affirms in its public statements is completely legal in North Korea and is in accord with the freedom of religion granted all citizens in the North Korean constitution.
As regards our financial accountability, Voice of the Martyrs Korea is regularly recognized internationally for our commitment to the highest possible accounting standards. In addition to an annual financial audit conducted by an independent Korean CPA firm, Voice of the Martyrs Korea is accredited by the Christian Council on Financial Accountability in Korea (CCFK). Our external accountability ensures strictest compliance with all Korean and international (FASB) accounting standards. Individuals wishing to learn more about our commitment to financial transparency can visit https://vomkorea.com/about/financial-accountability/.
As Voice of the Martyrs Korea has always done, we will continue to obey God and be subject to the authorities. In the case of balloon launching, the next time the weather enables a launch, we will keep the promise we made to underground Christians 18 years ago: We will send Bibles to North Korea by balloon. If this is then accounted as a crime, we will willingly and joyfully be accounted criminals and accept the punishment given to us by the authorities.