TVOM Radio Broadcasts
The Word of God Cannot Be Chained
Two years ago we recorded the full New Testament, as well as Genesis and Psalms. We are using this fully across all of our NK ministry projects. In fact, because of the Coronavirus more audio Bibles are being smuggled across the Chinese/North Korean border than ever before! But this is only a small part of how God is using the North Korean NT.
FCBH missionary fits the headphones and microphone over Mrs. H's head to prepare her for her OT recording
In the TVOM project alone, the full NK New Testament is being daily broadcasted into NK in four different ways (our two shortwave broadcasts, our mediumwave broadcast, and the Reach Beyond shortwave broadcast of our content). This is in addition to the NT being accessed on our secure web-site by NKs throughout China.
Now, in 2020 after two months of recording, we are almost half-way finished with the rest of the Old Testament. Thus far we’ve finished recording (in no particular order) Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Daniel, Job, Ezra, Joshua, Zephaniah, Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Leviticus, Jonah and Psalms. And several more books are currently in process.
Even as this report is being written, UU student Mr. K is in our studio reading and recording the book of Leviticus. During one of his “recording breaks,” he said that he believes the thing Communists fear the most is the Bible. When he was in North Korea, he had never seen a Bible, but he had heard that someone had been shot to death because of a Bible distribution. And now he is excited to be able to record the very thing that the Communists fear.
The “end-product” of a complete NK audio Bible excites all of us at VOMK, but the “end-product” is not the only thing that happens when recording the Bible.
Individual lives are changed as each North Korean reader encounters a new book of the Old Testament.
Mrs. H reads from Exodus chapter 10
Mr. H (UU student) said that when he first came to VOM (in the UT program), he didn’t believe the Bible, but instead kept comparing it with the things he believed most strongly in – socialism and evolution. As he continued in UT, he could notice that his worldview began to change. But through his participation in the recording of the OT, he felt like he grew even more than before. Part of this growth is related to his new understanding of faith and obedience through recording the book of Deuteronomy.
When he first started to read the book, it was hard for him to pronounce the words and understand the contents. But he said that over the past few weeks, the words of God came into his heart. He said that he felt a deep connection with the people of Israel and he thought that in many ways the North Korean people were similar to the Israelites.
He gave thanks to God that he could be closer to the Lord through the recording of the Bible.
Another student, Mrs. L said that at home she ever only read the New Testament . . . the Old Testament was too diffciult for her to understand. But since she was tasked with recording the book of Esther, she spent a lot of time both reading the book silently and aloud. As she read, she was struck by Esther’s effort to care for her people and her her country. It made Mrs. L think about herself in relation to North Korea and she realized that she needed to care for her own country and people by actively praying for them.
This is the power of the word of God. North Koreans who would normally stay away from the Old Testament, either because they didn’t believe it or because they couldn’t understand it . . . are now experiencing their lives changed by the power of the spoken Word of God! In our recording studio, we get to experience this transformation “one by one” as different North Koreans read each book of the Old Testament. But as the North Korean New Testament (and soon the OT) gets broadcast over the airways in North Korea, up to 2 million North Koreans tune in at the same time.
Imagine how many lives are being transformed through the shortwave and mediumwave broadcasts! But in one sense . . . we don’t even have to imagine, because we know that even in a place like North Korea, the word of God cannot be stopped.
The apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 1:8-9.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.
This past year, TVOM invested in a new method of resource delivery—a website whose contents are not indexed by standard search engines. The only way to find this website is to know its URL, but there’s nothing on this page to indicate it’s a discipleship source. Access to discipleship content is hidden behind a login that is only distributed to partners who can be trusted. Partners are then able to download digital copies of discipleship books, Christian movies, sermons, and writings/interviews. If police attempt to search our partners’ belongings, they can easily delete whatever they have downloaded.
Although there have been a few hacking attempts on the site, none have been successful. Further, most seem to be standard hacking attempts—attempts by average people seeking to sell information—as opposed to government-endorsed attempts.
Please Join with us in Prayer for the Following Requests
- Pray for the Old Testament audio recording – Each North Korean that reads and records one of the OT books is impacted greatly. Please pray for each of our readers that the Word of God would transform their lives. And pray that the whole project would be able to remain on schedule so that we could have the entire Bible (both OT and NT) finished by early October.
- Pray for the future of gospel radio broadcasting – As the SK government seeks to stop balloon launching, radio broadcasting may not be far behind. Reunification is thought to be an activity of the government rather than an activity of God. All “gospel-related” activities are an offense to the NK government and thus now offend the SK government.
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What's new in NK radio ministry?
We’ve recently been updating the way in which we broadcast into NK. We learned that TV news broadcasting in NK has more of the sound of our old style broadcast but radio broadcasting in NK is using warmer personal voices these days. Our broadcast is pioneering the use of a combined NK/SK announcing corps, with NKs and SKs interacting about the Bible and the Christian faith in friendly voices. It’s very revolutionary and we think it will attract a wider range of listeners. We are also excited to be broadcasting between program segments the new NK hymns that were recorded as part of last year’s Hymnal Project. These songs were recorded in the traditional NK style and sung by former members of art performance teams in North Korea. We expect that their traditional voices will touch North Koreans’ hearts through the North Korean classical style hymns.
Listen to Amazing Grace in North Korean!
Listen to As The Deerin North Korean!
Listen to God Is So Good in North Korean!
What do we broadcast into North Korea?
Our radio broadcasts are produced by our North Korean Underground University students. In the broadcasts the students share Scripture—both in its pure form and in the North Korean-style dramas which hold such interest for our audience. They read from books on Christian persecution to help underground believers there understand why they face the challenges they do and how to bear up under them.
There are also discipleship training segments, songs (often rewritten versions of North Korean “hymns” originally designed to praise Kim Il Sung), and—for the first time this year—“live” segments where our announcers reflect on their own experiences and explain what are often the very new and foreign words and concepts of Scripture.
How many North Koreans listen to the broadcast?
There are an estimated 2 million North Koreans who tune into their illegal radios each evening.
Does the North Korean government try to block our broadcasts?
Our broadcast is the regular target of ultimately unsuccessful blocking attempts of the North Korean government. The blocking attempts are the best indicators we have of how threatening the NK regime considers our broadcast to be. One of the ways that we overcome the blocking is through our active team of engineers who do whatever it takes on a nightly basis to enable the broadcast to be heard.
It is likely that our broadcast is threatening to NK not only because it is Christian but also because it is voiced by North Koreans. Many broadcasts use South Korean voices. Not only does this make the broadcast harder for North Koreans to understand, but the regime likely considers South Korean voices of evangelism to be less threatening than North Korean voices of evangelism.
Do you have any testimonies of North Koreans listening to the radio?
JKS, a North Korean defector, shared her experience of listening to the radio while she was in North Korea, she came to South Korea in 2006. She said that she listened to the radio for 3 months with her friends just before she left the North. She said that it was quite easy to receive the gospel radio programs and other radio programs from South Korea because she lived in a border area. Here is the story of JKS’ experience of listening to the radio in North Korea:
One night, we closed the door and listened to the radio under the blanket. At the moment that I listened to the radio from South Korea, it was not only amazing but also tears pricked my eyes because of our nation’s state of division.From that point on, I kept listening to radio broadcasts from South Korea with my father. We realized that Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un and their followers are untruthful. I sometimes got furious with them.Later, after I arrived in South Korea, when I talked with my home folks, there were some people who also listened to South Korean radio broadcasts in North Korea. They said that they covered themselves with blankets and agreed that the best time for listening to the radio was from 10 pm to 2:30 am.