North Korean Ministry
People think about “North Korea Ministry” as supplying to North Korea what it lacks: food, human rights, and even movies on USB and DVDs. But VOM Korea’s North Korean ministry begins with what North Korea has: one of the strongest churches in the world, growing faster than the South Korean church.
The North Korean church is a church that is willing to endure systematic starvation, persecution, and imprisonment for a God whose name North Korea is determined to erase. This is a church which we would do well to learn from. Voice of the Martyrs has been working together with the underground North Korean church since the beginning of our organization.
When we asked what we could do to help, the underground church didn’t ask for food or freedom. They asked for tools so that they could continue and expand their work of proclaiming the gospel. Since then, we have been supplying these tools through the following projects:
North Korean Full Study Bible
조선어 스터디 성경
VOMK prints and distributes the North Korean dialect “Chosun” Bible. It is a translation with a fascinating history. More importantly, it is often regarded as the most accurate translation of the Bible into any Korean dialect. This Bible comes equipped with easy-to-understand notes about difficult-to-understand words (such as “salvation,” “revelation,” and “sin“) to instruct North Koreans who, due to their circumstances, are unable to receive instruction for their Bible reading. We then distribute these Bibles to North Koreans and North Korean ministries all over the world.
Every year, VOMK launches approximately 40,000 Bibles into North Korea via balloon. These launches are perfectly legal and we work together with officials in order to make them as safe as possible. GPS tracking and testimony from North Koreans who have defected to South Korea confirm that our balloon-launched Bibles are arriving in North Korea and making the scripture much more widely known there.
Every day, VOMK broadcasts AM, Shortwave, and satellite radio programs into North Korea and surrounding countries. All three programs consist of scripture, discipleship training, dramas, testimonies, Christian music, sermons from early Korean Christians, and important information on enduring persecution, all in the North Korean dialect. These broadcasts are created in partnership with North Korean Christians.
VOMK creates packages of living necessities that can be used for evangelism by North Korean underground Christians and their partners. The contents of these packages vary depending on the recipient, but all contain a device that contains: (1) Hymns in the North Korean dialect, (2) the VOMK reading of the Old Testament, (3) the Faith Comes By Hearing dramatized New Testament and (4) a selection of other discipleship materials designed for Christians living under persecution.
VOMK operates a number of discipleship bases across Asia, reaching both North Koreans who are new in the gospel and those who are discipling others. Our base leaders support the North Korean underground Christians God miraculously entrusts to us. We also supply resources to the discipleship bases of many other ministries reaching North Koreans.
여성 제자훈련 사역
Some of the strongest members of the North Korean underground church are women who have been sex-trafficked to Chinese men. VOMK supports these women’s spiritual growth and physical well-being, as well as assisting them in evangelizing their husbands and children so that their homes become house churches instead of places of slavery and self-indulgence.
Orphans regularly cross the border between North Korea and China in search of food. VOMK supports these orphans by providing family-based care and discipleship in the manner of the North Korean underground church, rather than the manner of Western-style orphanages.
North Korean Newcomers
탈북 새신자 맞이
North Koreans who defect to South Korea face serious social challenges. Many are ill. Some are drug addicted. Some end up in prison. Even young North Korean defectors drop out of school far more frequently than their South Korean counterparts. Many North Korean defectors simply stay in their apartments with the window shades closed, afraid to go out, afraid to sleep, depressed over being separated from their families. With its North Korean students, VOM Korea reaches out to all of these groups with the love of Christ. Through this project we meet most of the North Koreans who enter South Korea, including North Koreans who either were underground believers in North Korea or who know such underground believers. We listen and learn from all of the North Korean defectors we meet.
Underground Technology School
A school for North Korean defectors who want to learn more about the rudiments of the Christian faith. Discipleship in these classes is done according to the practices and methods of the Underground North Korean church, the early Korean church, and the persecuted church around the world.
Underground University School
A unique school that not only teaches North Korean defectors how to do North Korean ministry, but gives them hands-on experience in the North Korean mission field, reaching North Koreans wherever they are found. Students in this class learn to be missionaries the only way it’s possible to learn to be missionaries—through first-hand mission experience.