Monthly Archives: June 2011

North Korea Resources – June 29, 2011

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Prayer Points for North Korea – June 24, 2011

Pray for the recovering of the conscience of the North Korean leaders , even giving them salvation through their repentance.

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.(Proverbs 21:1)

Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. (I Timothy 1:13)

Kim Jong-il and other North Korean leaders are feeding only themselves, though people are dying due to illness, sorrow, and hunger. The relief and resources from other countries are exploited for their political purposes, not for relieving hungry people. We could blame and criticize their faulty behavior; however, God commands us to pray for kings and leaders.

These are the words of a young man whose family is being victimized by the present government:

God loves Kim Jong-il. God calls him. He can call him like he called Saul who headed to Damascus to persecute Christians. And the Lord can cure his broken heart and use him like Paul the apostle with His love hotter than fire. I believe in this and pray for him every day.” Only God who leads the king’s mind can change Kim Jong-il and the other leaders’ minds.

This prayer request is from Day 6 (on Politics and the Military) of our 30 Day NK Prayer Guide, written with the NK church. To purchase a copy, email super-intern Brett.

Seoul USA Field Ops Update

Site: South Korea, secret location near the DMZ between North and South Korea.

Weather: Perfect: full moon and clear skies means no lighting needed to operate on site.

The team rolled into the site in two vehicles, a van with the team and truck full of industrial hydrogen canisters. After gathering for prayer, glo-sticks were snapped and everyone moved to their duty stations.

GNLV: Glowing Night Launch Vehicle

The drop-team moved to setting the timers and preparing the payloads of waterproofed North Korean new testaments. Before all of the 12 clear-plastic cylindrical balloons were rolled out, the hydrogen was pumping into the first balloon outlining above the trees surrounding the site.

As each balloon completed filling, the Bible bags with timers armed were quickly attached and the balloon lifting into the night with the sound of the rustling paper. A stiff breeze grabbed each balloon as it cleared the trees and immediately moved it to the North. It would still be gaining altitude as it crossed the border in a direct route toward Pyongyang if the wind stayed consistent.

12 balloons, carrying approx. 1100 Bibles were launched by an international team within 45 minutes with the prayer support of Christians around the world. As the final balloons filled, the team cleared the site and vehicles were moving offsite in less than 2 minutes from the final launch.

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we present everyone mature in Christ. That includes our brothers and sisters in North Korea.

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News Flash: Persecuted Christians Don’t Enjoy Getting Beat Up

I hope that organizations that work with persecuted Christians aren’t giving you the idea that persecuted Christians are super-saints. Such an idea is not only inaccurate; it’s also harmful, since it reinforces the belief that only super-saints-not ordinary Christians like us-are equipped to withstand persecution when they encounter it, and that the believer’s response to persecution emerges effortlessly and supernaturally, absent intense spiritual training and daily whole life discipline.

As I speak at events on behalf of persecuted Christians and as I read blog posts and articles, I sometimes come across this kind of hagiography, where the speaker/writer asserts something like, “Persecuted Christians don’t go to small group meeting. They go to small group beating. And they’re glad they get to go. And they give thanks for it and can’t wait to go back the next week and get beaten again.”

And it’s not always the organizations that spin these kinds of yarns. Sometimes they’re accurately reporting the testimonies they’ve received from underground believers. It’s just that some underground believers-having now shared their stories for magazines and live audiences-realize what draws the biggest response. And they, um, tailor their stories accordingly.

As a person who has worked for years now with believers in what is almost universally acknowledged as the most persecuting nation on earth-North Korea-I can assure you that no one likes to get beaten. No one flies away from a beating with blood pouring from the bullet holes in their superhero tights as they call out, “I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus!”

We supporters of the persecuted church contribute to the problem too. We vote with our dollars and our tears and our applause for the stories we like best. And the stories that we like best, unfortunately, are the superhero stories. Believe me, persecuted believers see this and struggle with the same temptations the rest of us do when we recount our own stories before large audience who we want to like us.

We should never forget that no less a persecuted Christian than Jesus himself despised the shame of the cross (Hebrews 12:2), cried out publicly that God had forsaken him (Matthew 27:46), and asked his father if the cup could pass from him (Matthew 26:39).¬† And we should never forget that the humanness of those responses is a constant source of encouragement to those who are counted worthy to suffer for his name (Acts 5:41)-even though they don’t like having their skulls cracked with lead pipes any more than you would.

We should never forget this because, as Paul assures Timothy, “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). That means us, too. And that means that the stories of persecuted believers need to do more than amaze and inspire us. They need to instruct us how to act when we find ourselves in not altogether different situations.

And that’s why God makes only one size saint-human size-and why the only testimonies worth our attention and consideration (and financial support) are the ones that contain flubs and foibles and failures as human size saints around the world struggle, just like Christians in every age before ours have, too, to learn how to be faithful in the midst of persecution.

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. (Hebrews 5:7-8).

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North Korea Resources – June 15, 2011

Click the links below to learn more about life in North Korea.