It’s the core technology for North Korean ministry. But it can’t be imported from the West because of its scarcity there.

In Underground Technology and Underground University, our discipleship and missionary schools for North Korean defectors in Seoul, we don’t teach South Korean or Western strategies of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. We don’t even teach missional “best practices”.

Instead, we (and North Korean Christians figure prominently into that “we”) the time-honored, field-tested methods of the North Korean underground church.

Our student missionaries and graduates have been deploying these methods for more than ten years to reach North Koreans from Russia to Thailand, Europe to the Middle East, the West Sea to the East Sea.

Students share the Christian proclamation using everything from MP3 players to SD cards to USBs, and lots of other really cool technologies.

But the core technology of the North Korean underground church remains the Cross. The Cross is the mark we bear on our bodies in this world as a result of having received and remained faithful to the proclamation of the coming Kingdom. The Cross follows the preaching of the gospel like day follows night.

I received an update from one of our team members this month. She has been distributing MP3 players with the Bible recording to North Korean female factory workers who are sent abroad by the North Korean government to make money for the regime. One of the factory workers wrote this thank you note:

“Every single word in the Bible has touched my heart and it has given me the enlightenment that the world I am living is not about all visible things I can see. Now I realize that there is no being like God at all in the world. Jesus was crucified to save us. I would like to commit my body and mind to lift up the great God and Jesus higher through my life.”

And just like that, another new North Korean Christian gets ready to take up her cross.

“And so, dear brothers and sisters,” says the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:1, “I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

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It’s NOT Christians that NK objects to. It’s THIS.

Some Western and South Korean Christians believe that through religious tourism and humanitarian aid, North Koreans can at least be exposed to Christians in a way that brings about a gradual religious change.

Interestingly, Kim Il Sung believed that to be an effective strategy—an effective strategy for changing Western and South Korean Christians, not Juche.

He wrote, “Some people ask me if I was much influenced by Christianity while I grew up. I was not affected by religion, but I received a great deal of humanitarian assistance from Christians, and in return I had an ideological influence on them.”

So, you see, it’s not Christians that North Korea objects to. The North Korean government remains confident that it can receive humanitarian aid from Western and South Korean Christians and influence them ideologically.

But the unbound, unrestrained historic Christian proclamation—only that has the power to unmask North Korea’s Juche ideology as a fraudulent copy of Christianity, and thus break Juche’s enslaving spell.

And that’s why the Kim family has always worked so hard to eliminate North Korean underground Christians: Because North Korean underground Christians prize the proclamation of the gospel over their own lives.

That is why the near totality of the work of the North Korean underground church is proclaiming the gospel.

Voice of the Martyrs Korea exists to support the ministry of these North Korean Christians in whatever country they are found. All of the projects we do originate from them, not from us. The projects are all evangelism and discipleship projects, because North Korean underground Christians take the proclamation of the gospel as the cross God has uniquely equipped them to carry.

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A Christian response to Muslim refugees

Today, Korean people—even Korean Christians—are especially worried about Muslim refugees entering Korea. We say, “Yemeni immigrants have come as fake immigrants! They have been trained to steal our women and to Islamize Korea!” We are concerned that we may lose the most precious and important things about our nation. We respond like Winston Churchill, who said:

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

But this is not God’s way. The center of the God the Father’s heart is his Son, the Lord Jesus. But the Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 5:8 that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” In this, God shows us something that we human beings would never otherwise know: God uses what is most precious in order to reach his enemies, so that they might not perish but instead have eternal life. That’s John 3:16.

In the same way, God wants us to use the things that are most precious to us—our “island” (as Churchill would say), our marriages, our own lives—to reach his enemies with his love, so that they might not perish but instead have eternal life. Yes, even if it costs us everything. Because that’s what it cost Jesus, and we are his followers. We love our enemies the same way he loved his: unto death.

As Christians, we must remember that we are not called to fight against Muslims. As the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 6:12:

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

We do not claim that Muslim refugees are harmless and have good intentions for us. We claim they are slaves to sin, wills in bondage, captive to Satan. But we recall what the Apostle Paul told us about ourselves in Ephesians 2: We also were once slaves to sin!

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved…

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

When we see Yemeni refugees, we do not see terrorists who are a threat to our “island”. We see men who were like we once were—sinners, captive to Satan, without hope and without God in the world. We remember that we were once like them, and our heart should break and go out to them. We should say like Paul does in Romans 9:3 that we wish we ourselves could be cut off from Christ if that would somehow help these Muslim refugees to come to know him the way we know him.

Now, we may say, yes, it would be good for the Muslims to come to know Christ. But Korean missionaries can go to Yemen and evangelize them. Korea is too precious to use for this purpose. It is too dangerous. And in this we can recall Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, crying out to the Father (in Matthew 26:39), “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” Father, let there be some other way to reach these Muslims. But we must also recall Jesus’ next words: “Yet not as I will, but as You will.” Paul says in Acts 17:26-27,

[God] made every nation of men, to inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands. God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him.

The lands are his; the people are his; the times are his; he sends people to seek; he determines where they find him. We might say to the Lord, “Lord, let this cup of refugees pass from us; yet not as we will, but as you will.”

The Apostle Paul was himself once Saul, the murderer of Christians. He went to Damascus to murder Christians. But God gave him a vision, and Saul became Paul. Tom Doyle’s book, Dreams and Visions, shares the amazing research that 40% of Muslims who come to Christ do so through dreams and visions. You can read about it in the book. And now we can experience it here in Korea. Who knows why the Yemenis came, or whether they are trustworthy, or whether they, like Saul, have come “breathing threats” against us Christians? To how many of the Yemenis in Jeju has Christ already appeared to in dreams? How many Sauls are in that group who will become Pauls to reach their country, one of the most closed and least evangelized countries on earth?

Just as in every area of our lives we must die to ourselves and be alive only to God in Christ, we must repent of our desire to use our nation to serve our own desires and plans and goals. We must offer it back to God for his use in his appointed times. We must let him move the boundaries as he desires, for his purposes—not as we will, but as he wills.

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