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Almost 48,000 Korean New Testaments
have been launched via balloons.

In the late hours of October 23rd, the staff of a VOM partner organization gathered to launch Bibles into North Korea via balloons. The launch party prepared packages containing lightweight Korean New Testaments, attached them to hydrogen-filled balloons, and released a total of 3,600 into the air. After the overnight launch, the group was just 675 short of their goal of sending 48,000 into a country where the Bible is forbidden.

The only acceptable religion in North Korea is Juche, or "Kim Il-Sung-ism," the cult of the deceased leader. All other religions are harshly repressed. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have died because of severe persecution, and up to 35,000 are currently facing deplorable conditions in the country's prisons or work camps. The exact number of Christians is unknown, though estimated by most reliable sources to be around 100,000.

Pray that the Scriptures launched into North Korea will fall on "good soil" and yield a fruitful harvest (Luke 8:8). Ask God to richly bless those sharing the Gospel in North Korea with endurance and wisdom. May those suffering unspeakable hardships in the prison camps remain steadfast in their faith, trusting that the Lord is working out His greater plans (Romans 8:28).

Please visit the North Korea Country Report to learn more about North Korea's persecuted church.

Current Ministry Project

VOMC assists with the educational and discipleship training of North Korean Christian defectors so they will be equipped to minister the hope of the Gospel to fellow North Koreans located in various areas of East Asia. VOMC also works with proven ministry partners who are broadcasting quality radio programs that have been produced to equip and encourage believers of the North Korean underground church.

Project Fund: Underground Church

Country Information

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)

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

  • Balloon Launches Officially Banned
    Filling balloons for North Korea
    Photo: VOMK

    Since 2005, The Voice of the Martyrs Korea (VOMK) has used balloon launches as an effective way of getting Bibles into North Korea. Recent surveys indicate that an increasing percentage of North Korean defectors have also been given access to the Scriptures. Many of those Bibles may well h

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

    For several years, The Voice of the Martyrs Korea has helped get Bibles into North Korea. Typically, this was done through the launch of large balloons, which would strategically drop the contained materials across the border. Recently, members of the ministry team

  • Bible Used to Track Defectors
    Korean English parallel Bible
    God's Word is so powerful, it's life-transforming!

    In an attempt to monitor defectors, North Korean secret police agents have been studying the Bible. The purpose is for them to be able to gain rapport and trust with defectors in China and South Korea. In so doing, they hope to gain information on t

  • Prisoners Released Amidst Peace Talks

    Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone
    Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone

    Three American prisoners were officially released from custody in North Korea on May 9th in a move widely viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of a summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea. The three men -- Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul and Tony