North Korea has declared the wearing of blue jeans illegal because it symbolizes US imperialism, which the East Asian nation calls its enemy. In an effort to limit Western influence on its population, the country has also banned piercings and issued strict guidelines for choosing a hairstyle. As part of recent efforts to prevent Scripture from crossing borders with North Korea, South Korean authorities made launches of The Bible illegal on Friday. Her son was arrested again in January 2006 after police found Bibles at his home in the northeastern city of Hoeryong. He was also charged with spying for the United States and South Korea and sentenced to public execution by firing squad. Since 2005, The Voice of the Martyrs Korea (formerly known as Seoul USA) has been using balloons as one of the ways to bring Bibles and other Christian materials to North Korea. However, the South Korean government recently passed a new law that will make it illegal to send anything that is considered „anti-North Korean material” into what is often referred to as the „hermit kingdom.” The ban will take effect in three months, meaning violations can face fines of up to three years in prison or 30 million won (C$35,000). Greg Musselman of VOM Canada spoke with Dr. Eric Foley, CEO of The Voice of the Martyrs Korea, to find out how this new law will affect their service in North Korea. Officially, North Korea guarantees religious freedom to its 24 million people. In practice, the authorities repress Christians, who are seen as a Western-influenced threat to the government. The distribution of Bibles and secret prayer services can mean exile to a labor camp or execution, defectors say. Eleven years later, he died in prison in North Korea, apparently tortured to death for trying to spread the gospel in his home country, armed with 20 Bibles and 10 recordings of hymns.
He was 50 years old. Alcohol is not limited in the DPRK. There is no legal age for alcohol consumption – although it is generally frowned upon for students to drink (this includes university students). Major producers such as Taedonggang Beer receive a special designation from the state, which ensures that they have priority over other factories. Frightened and disillusioned, the then 39-year-old fled with his wife and their 6-year-old daughter to the Chinese border town of Yanji in January 1998. His younger brother had already arrived the year before, fleeing what he calls a false accusation of being involved in the illegal export of strategic items. His son returned with the Bibles and tapes. Little is known about how he evangelized, although his brother claims that Son worked at a state defense institute and was allowed to travel freely. They hide Bibles in supplies of food, clothing, bicycles and other supplies to North Korea. They release balloons with the imprint of mark`s Gospel and let them be carried across the border by the wind.
They help the North Koreans escape and teach them Christianity. And sometimes they send them back. Earlier this month, the South Korean government passed a law that makes it illegal to send anything that is considered anti-North Korean to the so-called „hermit kingdom.” This new law will have a direct impact on the Korean ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs by using balloons to bring Bibles to North Korea. North Korea (MNN) – The Voice of martyrs Korea got into trouble with the South Korean government last year when it tried to bring Bibles to North Korea in a balloon. Foley says South Korea has banned the practice of sending anti-North Korean leaflets across the border. Read more about the controversy here. One witness told KFI: „I saw the meat fall. That`s how close I was. Smartphones have proliferated in North Korea, but very few people are allowed to access the global internet. A recent report by the London-based Korea Future Initiative identified more than 200 Christians being punished for crimes including religious practices, religious activities in China, possession of religious objects, contact with religious people, visiting a place of worship and sharing religious beliefs. In one of the darkest places on earth, you can let the light of Jesus shine.
And it all begins when you choose to stand in Christ with your brothers and sisters and help them give them the comfort of God`s Word. What do these underground churches look like? We asked our partner, and they responded with this humiliating description: He served in the president`s security service for 10 years until he was fired as a staff sergeant in 1983. During those years, he was willing to dedicate his life to the struggle against the „American imperialists,” his brother says. After his release, Son worked at a performing arts center run by the military. If we go back to some semblance of normalcy in the United States, after that. From the Presidential Guard to ChristianityIt is in this world that Son Jong Nam was born on March 11, 1958. SEOUL – For years, activist groups in South Korea have been sending everything from Bibles to K-pop across the border to the north. It could cost him up to three years in prison and a $27,000 fine. North Korea has once again been ranked as the most dangerous and deadly country in the world for Christians.
Being discovered can mean imprisonment, abuse or even death. But for believers living in persecution, the truth of the gospel has removed all fear of prison and torture. The underground church grows and North Korean Christians beg for the Word of God. In addition to Bibles, North Korea Outreach also provides educational materials for adults and children in print and digital versions. Because it is impossible to run a traditional seminary under the current North Korean regime, missionaries distribute digital seminar tools to underground church leaders. In 2018 alone, North Korea Outreach delivered more than 8,400 copies of the Bible to North Korea. This includes more than 1,300 digital Bibles with seminar tools. Pastor Eric Foley of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, who is awaiting accusations of launching Bible balloons in North Korea, said that despite the repression of religion, „God is finding ways to bring Bibles to North Korea.” A defector living in South Korea told the story of an unknown acquaintance who was killed for her Christian faith. The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a non-profit interfaith missionary organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers, deepening their devotion to Christ, and fulfilling its Great Commission, whatever the cost. Freedom of religion in Korea is guaranteed by the Constitution. According to a 1995 survey of social statistics, 50.7% of Koreans follow a particular religious belief.
Buddhists make up about 46 percent, followed by Protestants with 39 percent and Catholics with 13 percent of the religious population. Ask God to give Korea`s wisdom as they navigate these laws to serve North Korean Christians. That`s the number of Bibles distributed in North Korea over the past 34 years by anM`s regional partner, known as North Korea Outreach for security reasons. The Voice of the Martyrs continues this mission today around the world with the following objectives: Since then, the security forces have been actively seeking religious followers – including in inner China. Employees of the National Security Division, the General Intelligence Bureau and the Embassy in China are mobilized to arrest people who contacted Christianity, according to the report. It is amazing that Bibles can even be sent to North Korea. Just owning one is a crime. In fact, any practice of the Christian faith invites severe persecution, according to the United States.
The Section of the Commission on International Religious Freedom in the North Korean Section of its 2016 Annual Report: The latest report found that the number of respondents who testified about the ban on religious activities remained the same between 2007 and 2020.