North Korea | A North Korean Ministry Update

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By Emily Watt | 23 December 2020

2020 was expected to harm Open Doors’ North Korean ministry. But according to Brother Simon*, who has led it for over 25 years, the ministry is now flourishing.

Brother Simon reported: “Thanks to God’s providence we have given 84% of what we had planned for this year.

“The North Korean ministry in China has continued to have various risks and pitfalls which cannot be expressed easily. There were a few unexpected encounters with North Korean secret officials operating in China who recorded our conversations and my voice secretly and reported those to the Security Ministry headquarters in Pyongyang. They tried to find my identification and track the ministry history in China for years.

“But until now, the Lord has protected me from all pitfalls and threats. God has never stopped North Korean ministries, even in a difficult situation when it seemed to be impossible with human eyes.

“During the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic which has spread throughout China since the beginning of February this year, God showed himself as the King of kings and the Lord of lords in a mission field with increasingly difficult circumstances.

“We have been able to make use of small windows of opportunity to reach North Korean Christians through our safehouses and networks in China.

“We gave them food, medicines, and other daily necessities. Thanks to God’s providence we have given 84% of what we had planned for this year.

“Thank you to all supporters who pray and dedicate themselves for the North Korea mission. The North Korean Christian leaders and the believers vividly experience your love in Christ. I will do my best to serve the North Korean church and believers on behalf of you all.”

*Name changed for security purposes.

Pray For North Korea:

  • Praise God for the flourishing North Korean ministry. Pray it continues to bear good fruit.
  • Pray for the safety and protection of Open Doors’ partners who defy authorities for their work.
  • Pray more North Korean Christians may access Christian resources and emergency relief in 2021.


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