CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM NORTH KOREAN LABORERS & FACTORY WORKERS
SD cards loaded with the NK audio Bible are prepared to be distributed to NK defectors
Voice of the Martyrs is still working to distribute audio Bibles and ministry packs to North Korean laborers and factory workers in China. These are North Koreans have been sent to work in China by the North Korean government. Here are some letters we received from those who received a Bible at the end of 2022.
Hello. I didn’t know at first, but now I know that we are less free than animals that can’t go out or walk around. If I didn’t know the world, I would have been easier to endured, but now it’s hard to endure. All the hardships that lays upon us would leave nothing but anger and hatred. However, I talk about the Bible with my comrade every day. We’ve become a relationship where we depend on each other for our lives. Even when we go back to Joseon, we have a plan to let our parents and brothers know the God we know. Recently, I learned about Christmas in detail, which I had never heard of it in Joseon, and I also learned anew that it was the day Jesus was born. I was very shocked that it was a universal holiday that only Joseon people don’t know. Wherever we go, we are with God, so we are never afraid. We believe that God will be with us also in the new year. Respect!
Hello. It’s been a while sending greetings. It’s been 3 years since I couldn’t go to my hometown in Joseon due to COVID-19. I was exhausted and tired. Perhaps if I hadn’t known God, I would have been just a slave dying helplessly. Many people were killed in groups in the ‘Arduous March’, but even that would not have been this painful than now. I relied on God and prayed, so I could have hope without collapsing. I encounter God’s love through the medicine and food you sent me. They say that the doors of Joseon will open next year. All the people who were infected with COVID-19 are dead, so whatever it takes they’re trying to go back to Joseon. I feel very bad that they can’t go to heaven because they don’t know God. I believe that God will protect us and be with us in the New Year. Thank you.
Hello, how have you been? Me and my three comrades fall right into the (Bible) every day. Because it is our daily bread. God is with us every day like we breathe and eat every day. In fact, we may find God more than others because the situation is very painful and difficult, but what is clear is that if we did not know God in the first place, we would have given up everything and lived a life without hope. 2022 is already at an end. I believe that God will give us new hope (in 2023), and I will pray for it. Comrade (name withheld), who was sick, survived after taking the medicine the Chinese boss brought her. We think it’s all done by the hands of God. I offer respect to everyone.
As I came to believe in Jesus, I had a desire to go to a church where South Koreans and Chinese people attend. At this point, I think I would have to run away to make that wish come true. It’s hard to imagine going somewhere and leaving my parents and younger sibling in North Korea. That’s why I feel very complicated these days. Will God show me the path if I pray to Him? I just thank God for letting me forget all the pain I am going through now. I want to evangelize my comrades who don’t know God. I want to thank all the people who didn’t forget us and who helped us each time and I wish you a happy new year. Respect.
PLEASE PRAY WITH US FOR THE FOLLOWING REQUESTS
- Pray for North Korean laborers in various countries – Please pray North Koreans who labor in various other countries in order to supply foreign currency to the government. Pray that their hungry hearts will be satisfied with the word of God.
자주 묻는 질문
What are balloon launches?
With North Korea being a closed country, distribution of unapproved literature is a capital offense. Distribution via land couriers is highly dangerous and the liability for those caught doing so often results in death or forced labor … and it’s even worse for those carrying Christian literature like tracts or Bibles. So we launch large hydrogen balloons into North Korea carrying the Christian message.
What do we launch?
In 2019, we launched 28,672 North Korean dialect New Testaments, and 5,000 USB drives/SD cards into North Korea.
Where do we launch from?
Balloon launches take place in the countryside areas near the border between South Korea and North Korea where the wind current is favorable. Complex weather measurements are taken to ensure balloons float in the right direction and land where intended inside North Korea. Through multiple launch points, we are able to drop materials on areas that are largely unpenetrated by the Gospel.
Who does the launching?
The balloon launch team is made up of staff and students from VOM Korea’s Underground University Program. Our team is “on call” and ready to go out for a launch at any time: day or night, rain or shine.
What does an average balloon launch look like?
No balloon launch is ever average, but below is a video from a recent balloon launch in 2017!