North Korea (MNN) — When you have an injured limb, it’s usually not a good idea to ignore it. It’s the same for the Body of Christ. One member isn’t forgotten when it is hurting; in fact, the other members should rise up to support it.
Voice of the Martyrs reports that at this moment, 30,000 Christians are subject to deadly conditions in four North Korean concentration camps. This is a limb of the Body of Christ that we must absolutely pay attention to.
In a recent newsletter, VOM calls this activity against Christians North Korea’s Holocaust, evoking powerful feelings and images connected to the past.
They are asking you, a brother or sister of these suffering Christians, to support them through their trials. They want you to sign a letter to Kim Jong-un.
This is to act as a voice for persecuted Christians and other people who are punished for being a “threat” to the government.
Punishment for being a Christian ranges from imprisonment to execution. Often, Christians are forced to “confess” their faith as a crime. Sometimes, families of offenders are even punished up to the third generation. This persecution has been going on since 1948 when North Korea was established as a state.
The newsletter details various torture practices that are used in the concentration camps. The descriptions of prisoners fighting for food are eerily reminiscent of conditions of the holocaust during WWII. 40% of inmates die from starvation.
The government condemns Christianity, comparing it to drugs, calling it sin, and saying it is a scheme of the West to impress capitalism upon their country.
This twisted and shallow view of Christianity is preached alongside Kim Jong-un’s message of his family’s supremacy.
Your prayers for comfort and strength are extremely necessary. But VOM is asking you to take another step.
They want you to sign a letter addressed to North Korea’s representatives to the United Nations. It is a letter confessing your faith, not as a crime, but as the ground you’re standing on to support your fellow Christians. This letter to Kim Jong-un is meant to work for one reason: North Korea does care what the world thinks.
It is simple to sign this letter and send it in. You can download a copy of the letter here, or you can request hard copies for your church or small group.
Spread the word in your community on how to support our brothers and sisters in North Korea.