Monthly Archives: October 2011

Where We’re Speaking

VOM Regional Conference

VOM Regional Conference


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North Korea Resources – October 26, 2011

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Prayer Point for North Korea – October 25, 2011

This month, the Seoul USA radio program broadcast stories from chapters 11 through 18 of the Gospel of Luke, as well as eight plays from the “Hardship for the Christ.” In addition, a special guest named “Doug” spoke a message of encouragement to our NK listeners, and promised to continue praying for them.

Please pray that the NK governments attempts to jam our broadcast would be met with futility and for NKs tuning in to be sensitive to the truth of the Gospel. 


Seoul USA Field Ops Update

Just How Many North Koreans Risk Their Lives to Listen to Illegal Radio Broadcasts?

With the closed borders in North Korea, we can’t do typical radio surveys to determine how many people are listening to our Freedom in Christ program, currently being broadcast into North Korea for an hour each evening. Instead, we’ve researched recent studies, expert opinions and news articles to determine the reasonable number of people that may be listening.  Here’s a few that we took into account:

  • The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea testified in September, 2011, to the US Congressional committee on Foreign Affairs that his survey indicates 27% (6,480,000) of North Koreans have listened to foreign radio broadcasts.
  • The Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, claims20% (4,800,000) of North Koreans regularly listen to banned broadcasts. They have also claimed that up to 40% of the North Koreans living in border regions listen to illegal foreign radio broadcasts.
  • The Peterson Institute for International Economics said that based on defector surveys, 19% (4,560,000) of North Koreans listened to foreign radio broadcasts.
  • Network World has reported that 5% (1,200,000) North Koreans risk their lives to listen to illegal radio broadcasts.
  • Korean Press Foundation reported in our oldest survey, that North Korean refugees in 2006 indicated 4.27% (1,024,800)tune in to foreign radio broadcasts on shortwave radio.

We can conclude that somewhere between 1,000,000 and 7,000,000 North Koreans listen to illegal radio broadcasts.  A pretty big range, but this supports our estimates that:

Approximately 2,000,000 North Koreans or more are tuning into the Seoul USA radio broadcast.

Although many of the studies support a higher number, we’ve conservatively estimated the North Korean listener audience because we wouldn’t want to overstate the impact that the radio broadcast has in North Korea.

Not only is radio broadcasting one of the most effective ways to bring the Gospel and the voice of true freedom to the Christians of North Korea, it is clearly one of the most effective ways to communicate and influence North Korea – the reason it is so hated by the North Korean government.

At Seoul USA, we intentionally focus on broadcasting the biblical Gospel through testimonies of believers, leadership training, and equipping resources for this support of the North Korean church.

The Question Every Disciple-Maker Must Answer

The Question Every Disciple-Maker Must Answer

Jesus is getting ready to ascend into heaven. After three years, a death, a resurrection, and forty days of appearances he has raised up a tiny but fully discipled band.

Now, in Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus is dispatching them to disciple the entire world. So what are his final words to them? They’re surprisingly unsentimental. He doesn’t talk about faithfulness or perseverance or belief.

Instead, he speaks about discipleship. 

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

“Obey everything” is a really interesting phrase. It means we are not only teaching information.

We are, instead, pouring out a lifetime of experience-or, more appropriately, personal gifts received from Christ. We can disciple a student to share bread because Christ has shared his bread with us. We can disciple a student to heal and comfort because we have personally experienced the healing and comfort of Christ.

You can see this in the life of the apostle Paul. Christ has emptied himself into Paul, and Paul is deeply aware of this. He writes in Philippians 2 that Christ emptied himself and took on the form of a servant. Now, as the end of Paul’s own life approaches, he draws on the same language of self-emptying, in a personal note to his disciple Timothy. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 4:5-8:

But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

On the last day, the question of the Lord for each teacher will not only be, “Did you teach them to obey everything I commanded?” but rather, “Did you teach them how to receive all the grace that I poured into you?”

For more guidance on Making Disciples, make sure to check out our free podcasts, video clips, and blog posts this month

Where We’re Speaking

VOM Regional Conference

VOM Regional Conference


*This event is open to the public. Additional information, when available, can be obtained by clicking the underlined text.  

North Korea Resources – October 12, 2011

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