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 Persecution in North Korea

Unconfirmed: North Korea executes Christian for Bible distribution

A rumor is circulating about North Korea’s public execution of a Christian woman last month for distributing Bibles.
Voice of the Martyrs Canada’s Glenn Penner says the details could endanger lives, however, “It’s an unusual report and of course, it cannot be confirmed or denied at this point. Almost anything out of North Korea is difficult, if not impossible to confirm.”

What IS known is that, “There are more than 30-thousand North Koreans who are believed to practice Christianity secretly in North Korea today. For them to be discovered even owning a Bible, to say nothing of distributing a Bible, would mean probably imprisonment and execution.”

Religious prisoners are often sentenced to hard labor, given the most dangerous tasks, and deprived. This appears to be in an effort to force them to renounce their faith. When they refuse, Voice of the Martyrs says they are often tortured to death. Those caught praying are beaten and tortured.

North Korea has consistently topped the world’s human rights watch lists as being the most repressive and closed nation on earth. Open Doors’ World Watch List has ranked North Korea as the Number One persecutor of Christians for seven years in a row. North Korea was also re-designated by the U.S. State Department as one of eight “Countries of Particular Concern” for their severe religious freedom violations.

Worse, earlier reports suggest the government is trying to entrap Christians. Penner urges you to, “Pray for discernment for our brothers and sisters. Pray for courage for them as they seek ways of being able to share their faith with others. Pray for those who are leading these small groups that the Lord would enable them to lead their churches wisely.”


 2009/7/28 14:21

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