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Persecution: The cost of following Jesus

Persecution: The cost of following Jesus

Editor’s Note: Ripken was a personal witness to much of the content below. For the events and words where the author was not present, great care has been taken to recapture and relay the words and events as exactly as possible. Everything expressed here was reproduced...
Would you buy this black-market Book?

Would you buy this black-market Book?

In North Korea, owning a Bible can be a death sentence. But across this dark nation, Christians are willing to take that risk just to hold a copy of God’s Word in their hands. Some persecuted believers have become creative with how and where they hide their secret...
A North Korean Christian’s single greatest desire

A North Korean Christian’s single greatest desire

“If I could just praise my God in public and then die, I would die content.” Freedom is all Won wanted. But it wasn’t the freedom to vote or read an uncensored newspaper. Instead, it was the freedom to worship her Heavenly Father.“I want to sing praises to my God at...
How will you pray today?

How will you pray today?

You’ve heard the stories about Chinese believers forced to pray in secret and North Korean Christians who have to hide their Bibles for fear of being arrested. But it can be hard to know exactly how to pray for believers who are constantly in danger for their faith....
Are you ready for Sunday?

Are you ready for Sunday?

On Sunday, Christians in China will gather in secret for fear of being discovered. North Koreans will read Scripture from scraps of paper where they have scrawled a few verses. Then, they’ll sneak those torn pages back into their hiding spot. Christians can be sent to...
4 ways to pray for the persecuted church

4 ways to pray for the persecuted church

Violence. Imprisonment. Discrimination. Isolation. These are just a few ways countless Christians are persecuted every single day. It is tempting to pray for their mistreatment to end and to ask God to relieve their pain and suffering. But this is not what oppressed...
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