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North Korea Persecution

North Korea is the most oppressive place in the world for Christians. Nearly one out of every four believers is imprisoned in a political labor camp. But this persecution hasn’t hindered the growth of Christianity in this closed country. The underground church is expanding, and Christians are hungry for the Word of God.

You can provide a Bible for a persecuted Christian today. All it takes is $10 to print and secretly send a copy of God’s Word to a believer in North Korea.

Our goal is to provide 100,000 Bibles and 100 church planter-training resources to North Korea as soon as possible. But we can’t do it without YOU! Please give as generously as you can to help your brothers and sisters in North Korea.

Persecution in North Korea

Christians in North Korea must practice their faith in secret. They can’t meet together to worship or tell others about Jesus. If they are caught with a Bible, singing a hymn, or praying, they can face up to 15 years in a labor camp.

Life in the camps is unbearable. Believers are forced to work 12 hours a day and are frequently beaten with metal rods. If they try to escape, they will most likely be shot or tortured. Even if they survive, many will suffer from post-traumatic stress for the rest of their lives.

But despite the danger, North Korean Christians know that Jesus is worth any risk, and they continue to beg for more Bibles.

Listen as Vernon Brewer, World Help founder and president, recounts stories of persecution he heard on his recent trip to the North Korean/South Korean border:

How you can help

Pray

As fellow Christians, we need to be praying for our brothers and sisters in North Korea. You may not know their names. You may not know exactly what they’re going through on a day-to-day basis, but you can still pray for them.

Give

In addition to praying, you can provide help and comfort to a persecuted believer by sending him a Bible. It takes only $10 to place a Bible into the hands of a North Korean Christian.

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Train Church Planters

Thanks to exciting new technology, you now have an opportunity to provide resources that will train underground North Korea church planters in secret.

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From the field videos

Recent stories from North Korea


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A North Korean Christian’s single greatest desire


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The homework assignment Min-Jun wishes he’d never done


People often ask me, “Why do you send Bibles to North Korea . . .

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Prayer that leaves a mark


“We had a small room over the kitchen, an attic,” Won . . .

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have recent peace talks improved conditions for North Korean Christians?
Both South Korea’s president and President Trump have recently met for peace talks with Kim Jong Un. But these talks have focused on issues other than human rights abuses. The situation for North Korean believers remains as dangerous as ever. Still, Christians around the world are praying these talks will open doors for improvements in the future.

What translation of the Bible do you provide?
This varies because not all translations are available in all languages. But we make sure to always provide accurate, reliable translations so the Gospel is clearly presented to those who receive a Bible.
In what language are the Bibles World Help provides?
They are in the native languages and dialects of the people who receive them. We believe it is important for people to be able to read God’s Word in the language that they are most comfortable with and can most easily understand.

Isn’t it dangerous to provide Bibles in countries where they are illegal?
Yes. In many of the countries we work in, it is dangerous for our partners to distribute Bibles and for Christians to own them. But our partners and the Christians they serve request Bibles anyway. They believe that growing closer to Jesus is worth the risk. And we believe it’s important to support these persecuted Christians by honoring that request.
In what countries is it most difficult or dangerous to distribute Bibles?
In North Korea, being caught with a Bibles is grounds for up to a 15-year sentence in a labor camp. In China, owning a copy of God’s Word is one of the ways underground Christians are recognized and targeted for persecution. Still, believers in both countries continue to beg for more Bibles.

Who doesn’t have access to Bibles?
Often, it’s the people facing other difficulties like persecution, war, or extreme poverty. In areas where Christians are seen as outsiders, Bibles are nearly nonexistent. Impoverished Christ-followers simply can’t afford them, and refugees must frequently leave their Bibles behind when they flee their homes.

Can I donate extra Bibles I have at home?
We do not accept donations of physical Bibles at this time. Many of the Bibles we provide are printed in the country where they are distributed. This is more cost-effective than shipping them from the United States, which means we can provide more Bibles in the long run. If you do have extra Bibles, consider donating them to local churches or homeless shelters.

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