“North Korea, as a whole, is a prison.” — North Korea partner
There’s a reason North Korea is described this way. For 20 years, it’s been ranked as the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. Owning a Bible or simply uttering the word “Jesus” is enough to land a person in prison — or even put to death.
However, persecution is not the only struggle North Korean Christians are facing these days. Many of them are also starving, which is why they need your help now more than ever.
From the outside looking in, things don’t look good for believers in this country of persecution.
But how informed are you about what’s happening? Find out now by taking this short quiz:
1. How many North Korean Christians are suffering in prison camps?
B. It’s believed that 50,000-70,000 Christians are currently trapped inside North Korea’s prison camps. According to our North Korea partner, these political prisons are similar to the concentration camps of World War II. Not only are believers forced to work hard labor from sunup to sundown with very little food, but they’re also constantly monitored and beaten.
2. How many believers are part of the underground church in North Korea?
D. Despite the risk of intense persecution, our partner said the underground church in North Korea has grown to an incredible 300,000! People are desperate for hope and hungry for the Word of God. Unfortunately, Bibles are hard to find in North Korea. Believers have no way of getting them on their own. That’s why they need YOU to help send the Scriptures! Not only will you put a Bible in a believer’s hands, but you will also provide him with lifesaving food.
3. Why are so many people starving in North Korea?
A. Coronavirus pandemic
D. All of the above
D. That’s right. North Korea has always been a closed-off country, and the government is notorious for mishandling money, so food shortages are nothing new. But the pandemic nearly stopped food supplies altogether. In fact, trade with China — the country’s main source of food — dropped 80 percent during lockdown! On top of that, ongoing droughts and severe storms have destroyed many of the crops, leaving families with little to no food.
4. What is the life expectancy for a believer inside a North Korean prison?
A. Three years
B. Five years
C. 10 years
D. 15 years
A. Unfortunately, three years is the approximate life expectancy for a Christian inside a North Korean prison, according to our partner. Between the physical labor, poor nutrition, and torture, believers don’t stand much chance of survival. Still, they refuse to deny Christ … and they continue to beg for the comfort of God’s Word.
5. Which is one of the most heavily guarded places on earth?
A. Pyongyang (North Korea’s capital)
B. Border between North and South Korea
C. The Tumen River
D. None of the above
C. The Tumen River separates North Korea and China, and it’s regarded as one of the most heavily guarded places on earth. Barbed wire fences line much of the river, and armed soldiers are prepared to “shoot to kill” anyone who tries crossing without permission. Attempting to escape seems like a death wish, but believers are desperate. They’ll do just about anything to find a Bible or get some food for their families.
6. True or False? You can provide one Bible and a week’s worth of food for one starving North Korean Christian for just $20.
True. Being a Christian in North Korea takes a lot of faith, especially now that a famine is sweeping the country. But your $20 gift will give one North Korean the physical and spiritual strength he needs to keep going.
Regardless of the score you made on this quiz, you now know how you can help a brother or sister in Christ who is struggling to survive.
Please give as generously as you can today.
Recent stories on our blog
People often ask me, “Why do you send Bibles to North Korea when . . .
Can you imagine going to prison just because you owned a . . .