The Word Of God Never Returns Void, Even If Launched By Balloon Into North Korea

SUSA-KoreanOur team at one of our discipleship bases near the border welcomed a North Korean woman this week who was visiting China in search of work. As with most North Koreans in China, the woman was not defecting but rather trying to find honest labor which would enable her bring back money and food to her family in North Korea. In such cases we do discipleship training before and after the person does their day’s work. (In other words, a hardcore Seoul USA principle is that we don’t pay people to get discipled.)

What surprised us was the woman’s offhand comment about balloon flyers landing in North Korea. She does not know that we do balloon launches (since we do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing–another Seoul USA principle), so she just shared this remark as she was talking about how people survive these days in North Korea given the shortage of natural resources:

The area around the DMZ is white like snow because of the flyers [from balloons]. People go there to harvest them to burn them for fuel in their homes. But then they read them, and they keep reading them. So they are very important. I hope they keep sending them.

The woman’s comment illustrates the importance of word of mouth in North Korea: The woman lives in a province at some distance from the DMZ; yet, she not only knew about the flyers, she knew what they contained.

Her fellow citizens seek out the flyers to fuel their homes, but by the grace of God, the flyers actually end up setting their hearts ablaze.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is the former International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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2 Responses to The Word Of God Never Returns Void, Even If Launched By Balloon Into North Korea

  1. WOOHOO!! Thank you for the good report! This helps me to pray more specifically. That is, reading this report gives me specific details of what has been happening, so I can pray into that. I will pray that the fruit will increase!!

    Jody :>}

  2. Bosmosis says:

    Interesting post. I write about North Korea from a humor angle and am trying to connect with bloggers who have similar interests. Come visit us at SweetPicklesandCorn if you have a minute. Cheers, and keep up the good work.

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