Seoul USA‘s NK-led, 100% Christian nightly shortwave radio broadcast has become the target of Chinese cooperation in blocking attempts, adding to the (ultimately unsuccessful) ongoing blocking efforts of the North Korean government.
Analysts note Chinese efforts to specially target a broadcast into North Korea are largely unheard of. That they would specially target our humble little (zillion megawatt) home-brewed effort of North Korean Christians makes you wonder if they understand the power of the gospel more than we do.
Jamming efforts are the best indicator we have of how threatening the NK regime considers our broadcast to be. That the Chinese have been invited to the jamming party is a better-than-best indicator…and it makes me button-busting proud of the North Korean Christians who are involved in the broadcast. It’s 1 Corinthians 1:26 in action.
An analyst told me something interesting over the weekend when I asked him what makes our broadcast such a threat. He replied that not only is the broadcast Christian, but it is voiced by North Koreans. He noted that many broadcasts are done in part or in whole using South Korean voices. Not only does this make the broadcast harder for North Koreans to understand, but the regime considers South Korean voices of evangelism to be less threatening than North Korean voices of evangelism.
This underscores one of the central convictions that has undergirded Seoul USA‘s approach throughout its ten year history:
No one is better equipped to reach North Korea…than other North Koreans.
And on that subject, here’s a second central conviction:
We can learn a lot about being Christian…from North Korean underground Christians.
Not too late to join the 100 Days of Worship campaign and follow the lead of the North Korean underground church in worshiping God in the common places of your life. Who knows? If you undertake this task, maybe the Chinese will start jamming you, too.