Friday, April 13, 2012

Tortured for their faith

More people should be aware of the terrible conditions in which some other people live.

In North Korea, the kingdom of the Communist dictator Kim Jong-Un, large numbers of people live on soup made from grass and tree bark. Countless numbers die of starvation. Anyone found to be a Christian faces prison camp, torture and execution. Christianity still flourishes.

Every Christian in North Korea is said to have made the choice that one day he will die for Christ. "A friend of mine is being terribly tortured in prison," said one Christian. "I am convinced he can take the suffering because he constantly reminds himself of the joy that is set before him."

Despite closed borders, food, medicine and literature manage to reach people inside the country. Delivering the aid is intensely risky. "I experience so much stress I am sometimes afraid I will die from it," said one aid worker.

The organisation Open Doors says North Korean Christians pray and fast for days. Only when they feel God has confirmed they should accept a shipment do they give aid workers the go-ahead. When a shipment is safely delivered, rejoicing breaks out - on one occasion with an all-night prayer meeting, thanking God for sending new supplies and saving many lives.

"God has given us eternal promises," wrote one church leader. "We do not despair. I am confident that at the end of all hardships, there will be lasting victory."

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