An NK laborer reminds us of the true value of the Bible

In the midst of our efforts to persuade South Korean authorities that the Chosun (North Korean) Bible we launch by balloon and distribute by hand is not “anti-North Korean propaganda”, we received the following thank-you note from a North Korean laborer. The laborer, after having been sent abroad by the North Korean government, received a Chosun audio Bible from one of our team members. After listening to it, the laborer wrote:

Thank you, Dear Father, who gave us a handful of hope which flowered in our life. Please give us your boldness to shout out and proclaim your love to the world.

It reminded me of another prayer of thanks to the Father:

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. (Matthew 11:25)

That prayer reminded me that the value of the Bible is not a conclusion drawn on the basis of human persuasion. It always comes as a gift of divine revelation. And it is the Father’s good pleasure to conceal this gift from the wise and the learned–and sometimes from the authorities–and instead to reveal it to North Korean laborers, to sex-trafficked North Korean women, and to North Korean defectors who are increasingly maligned on both sides of the border.

So the last shall be first, and the first last. (Matthew 20:16)

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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