Chinese pastor shared Christian faith with 1,000 North Koreans before execution, defector claims
When most of us think of the countries which persecute and slaughter Christians, we usually think of countries in the Middle East or in Northern Africa.
But the number one country in the world for imprisoning, torturing and executing Christians for the 12th year in a row is North Korea. This is the face of Communism.
Kim Jong-un demands the the worship of his people. It is against the law to even mention “God” in this country. So, why don’t we hear about these killings? Because the government runs the press and they dictate to the press what to say and what not to say.
This is Communism.
And the 2020 elections in America will decide whether America will remain a free country, or will it become Socialist? Do you understand that history shows us clearly that Socialism morphs into Communism? It’s true. And this next election will be pivotal for America.
The next election is exactly what Benjamin Franklin feared might happen to our government after a course of years. He said that this could happen if there was enough corruption in our government. Brethren, we are there.
Chinese Pastor shared Christian Faith with 1000 North Koreans before his execution, defector claims
Rev. Han Chung-Ryeol, a Chinese pastor of Korean descent, who ministered on the border town of Changbai since the early 1990s, was reportedly on Pyongyang’s most-wanted list as early as 2003 for his faith-based charitable work.
Han fed and sheltered thousands of North Koreans over the years — many of whom had fled the famine-stricken country in search of food and jobs. One of them, Sang-chul, shared his story in a short documentary from The Voice of the Martyrs, as a way to encourage believers around the world to participate in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Sunday, Nov. 3.
“In primary school, we were taught that all missionaries were terrorists,” Sang-chul shares in the video through a translator. “They told us that a missionary will be nice to you at first, but when they get you into their homes, then they will kill you and eat your liver.”
The North Korean said he didn’t have work or food in his village so he snuck across the mountain border into China, picking mushrooms along the way in hopes of selling them in a market. He ran into Han, who offered to sell them and give him the money. Sang-chul knew something was different when the pastor didn’t cheat him out of any money, but he wondered why a Chinese citizen would help him, knowing the danger.
“We hope that our sacrifice, when the day comes, will be worthwhile, just like it was for Pastor Han.”
And then one day Han told him: “God is real. There is hope for every person,” but he wondered why he would say “Hananim,” the word for God.
“I could not believe he would say that word, ‘God.’ Nobody says that word,” Sang-chul continued. “We know that it is an act of treason…and can lead to soldiers coming in the night.”
Eventually, Sang-chul asked him for a Bible and shared about the gospel with his wife and best friend, who both found hope before he received the tragic news that Han was stabbed and axed to death by North Korean assassins, who were honored for their mission.
“Pastor Han gave his life, but he gave hope to me and to many other North Koreans,” Sang-chul said. “And despite the ever-present danger, many of us will continue to share the message that God is real.”
VOM encourages people to “please pray for the courageous Christians who risk their lives daily to share the hope of Christ in North Korea.” source
We MUST be praying for the body of Christ in North Korea and China. Just imagine if this same scenario happens in the U.S., and we cannot worship our Lord without fear of imprisonment and execution.
It’s not farfetched anymore.
The irony is this: During times of intense persecution, the body of Christ grows in number and in devotion to Christ. These brothers and sisters in Christ are probably praying for the church in America. We need it desperately!
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18)