Voice of the Martyrs Korea CEO, Eric Foley, successfully launched four balloons containing an undisclosed number of Bibles (due to the security of the recipients) into North Korea as confirmed by our GPS tracks. Due to security precautions, he transported and launched the Bibles by himself.
He launched from Ganghwa Island at 7:52 pm on Thursday, June 25th.
The GPS tracks are provided here and confirm the balloons went into North Korea, but the actual landing locations have been removed in order to ensure the safety of those who will receive the Bibles.
The red line shows the four balloons traveling from Ganghwa crossing the North Korean border shown in white.
Pastor Eric Foley said,
“VOM Korea launches only Bibles by high-altitude weather balloons anytime the weather ensures we can launch successfully. 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.”
VOMK does not report its launches on a launch by launch basis for the security of the recipients, but each year we report the number of Bibles at the end of each launch season. But due to the recent criminalization of balloon launches, VOM Korea is reporting this launch in a spirit full discloser transparency in order not to do anything deceptive.
Picture: NK News
VOM Korea launches only using non-flammable helium, bio-degradable latex balloons, predictive modeling and GPS tracking to ensure that each launch is safe and accurate. Balloon launching is the most cost-effective, safe and accurate way of delivering Bibles to North Korea.
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.
Video: NK News
Pastor Eric Foley said,
“Our only reason to launch is to get Bibles into North Korea, but we also hope that in documenting our launch publicly like this, South Koreans can see a very different picture of balloon launching than has been portrayed to them recently by public officials and some media.