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Experts on religious liberty have determined that North Korea is the most restrictive nation in the world. North Koreans suffer under the "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il, who sacrifices the needs of his people in order to bolster the power and control of his regime. Many are detained in brutal prison camps, and those on the outside are without daily necessities such as food, water and medical supplies. Christians are treated with particular cruelty.

This year, VOM is again making possible a special Christmas Blessing project that supplies believers in North Korea with gift packages that contain food, toiletries, medication, clothing and Christian literature. This on-going project, with distributions made throughout the year, helps fulfill persecuted believers' basic needs. It is a powerful way to demonstrate Christ's love and care for those standing steadfast for the Lord in North Korea.

Praise the Lord for the faithful ministry and witness of His people in North Korea. Pray for lasting provision for those without even the most basic of daily necessities. Pray the hope and message of God's plan for reconciling humanity to Himself through His Son continues to ring throughout North Korea, despite opposition and danger. Pray for the Lord to equip more workers to plant the seed of the gospel in North Korea.

For more on those suffering for Christ's sake in North Korea, visit the North Korea Country Report.

Current Ministry Project

VOMC assists in the education and training of North Korean Christians to enable them to reach fellow North Koreans with the Gospel wherever they are found. VOMC also works with proven ministry partners who are broadcasting quality radio programs to equip and encourage believers of the North Korean underground church.

Project Fund: Underground Church

Country Information

Population
25,831,360 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese

Religion (%)
Juche (99) Christian (1)

Leader
Kim Jong-Un (2011)

Government type
Dictatorship, single-party state

Legal system
Based on Prussian civil law system with Japanese traditions and Communist legal theory

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for North Korea

Pray for the safety of the country's refugees – including those who are hiding in various parts of China, as they are frequently being hunted by Chinese and North Korean agents. Ask the Lord to also protect and strengthen believers faithfully serving within North Korea, granting them wisdom as they seek ways to effectively communicate the hope of the Gospel so the church can continue to grow. And like the Apostle Paul, may the country's primary political leader, Kim Jong Un, experience a profound life-changing encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ who is longing to extend love, mercy and forgiveness toward him (Acts 9).

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North Korea News

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    Photo: VOMK

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  • Bible Launches Met with Resistance
    Foleys and police - Photo: Voice of the Martyrs Korea
    Photo: Voice of the Martyrs Korea

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    Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone
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