NK Bible Distribution

NK Bible Distribution

NK Bible Distribution


[18-150-20115 (2022) UNKCM] [Letter 1] [Sanitized]

A letter from a North Korean worker who received a Bible.

We are continuing to distribute North Korean dialect audio Bible devices to North Korean laborers working in countries outside of Korea. During the pandemic, the North Korean government has withdrawn both support and surveillance from the laborers. We are receiving this as an opportunity from the Lord to reach them with the word and ministry packs in a time where their hearts are open and they are in a situation to be able to interact with outsiders.

Below are some testimonies from laborers who received audio Bible devices.


In this factory, we have five hundred women. Therefore, we have lots of fights and many of us are sick. And we are locked up to work. We sleep and then we work again. It seems like we become slaves. If we did not read and hear the Words of God every day through MP5s that we had received from our comrade in charge, we may end up dying of disease or become mentally ill. We are in pain, but we are not really in pain because God is with us. God knows my pain and sufferings and we now have faith that God is with those who are in sorrow. For now, it is not pain every day but with prayer, through faith, I was reborn. Thank you.


Greetings. When I first received this thing called the Bible through MP5, I was very terrified and suffered. I thought I finally was caught by the hand of evil. I even thought to report this person who delivered it to me to the authorities. But now, I am very ashamed as I reflect on the fact that I had foolish thoughts before. If I did not know who God is in my life, I might miserably end up my life as a mental slave. I am not worried about it anymore. If I die here, am I not going to the place called heaven because of faith? I only have this mind that I want my beloved family and friends go to heaven, not hell, so that I need to share it with my people around me. I am giving thanks to God for letting me become who I am now. From Pyongyang, Chosun.


If I were in Chosun, I would not look at this thing because the Bible of Christianity is the most terrifying thing. In China, I am seeing, and hearing things more than I was in NK. So, I am open to this scary book. Especially, the part of love in the book of 1 Corinthians, it is full of grace. My friend is more serious than I am. My friend rejected this in the first place, but now falling into it deeper than I am. I am so happy that I came to know God.


Hello, nice to meet you. I do not know what to write. In Pyongyang, I visited a fortune teller to ask for my future. And I prayed to a ghost if I had wishes. As I receive the Bible for the first time, (I had the thought that) many people in North Korea are foolish and so am I. Now, I am truly praying. I truly believe that my fate and future are held by 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!

Where do our balloons go?

We use advanced GPS technology to track where our balloons land inside of North Korea.This is what GPS tracking looks like. We use GPS tracking for all our launches to ensure the Bibles are getting where they need to go.


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    Says September 01, 2020 at am 3:34

    I would like to see the US government drop 25 million bibles into North Korea. When Kim Threatens dropping nukes on Washington they should drop the living word and tell him they love him as Jesus taught us to love our enemies.

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      God’s word is powerful and sharper than any two edged sword! Amen! ~ Pastor Tim

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    Says November 02, 2021 at pm 6:44

    How can I donate to the balloon launch into north Korea?

  7. Harriet Hubner

    Says March 01, 2022 at am 5:35

    Hiya ,

    I live in the UK and I am currently a student. I just wanted to ask what is the most helpful things that we as a church and as students can do to come along side this and help? I would love to volunteer once Uni has finished would that be possible? If it is what is the best advice you can give to prepare for that calling?

    God Bless you-Harriet

    • Pastor Tim

      Says March 05, 2022 at pm 12:55

      Hi Harriet! Please take a look at our sister mission in the UK – https://releaseinternational.org/. They work together with us on our NK/China work. I’m sure they would love to have you volunteer! God Bless ~ Pastor Tim

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