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God, we pray for religious freedom in North Korea. Protect the believers there, Father, and let Your Gospel arise once again!
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A toddler and his family were sentenced to life in prison after the parents were caught with a Bible.

From The Christian Post. If Christians in North Korea are found possessing a Bible, they face the death penalty, and family members, including children, are sentenced to life imprisonment, reveals a report by the U.S. State Department, which includes an incident where a 2-year-old child was sentenced to life in a prison camp after his parents were caught with a Bible.

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An estimated 70,000 Christians are incarcerated in North Korea, where prisoners face harsh conditions and physical mistreatment, says the State Department’s recently released 2022 International Religious Freedom Report.

The report attributes 90% of documented human rights abuses against both Christians and adherents of Shamanism to that country’s Ministry of State Security.

It cites Korea Future, a nonprofit organization working on human rights in North Korea, as saying that the North Korean government engages in severe persecution of individuals who practice religious rituals, own religious items, or associate with religious individuals, with punishments ranging from arrest and detention to torture, forced labor, deportation and denial of the right to life.

A 2021 report by the organization, which includes interviews with 151 Christian women, shows rampant abuse of religious freedoms, with forced labor, sexual violence, arbitrary detention, torture and deportation being the most common forms of maltreatment.

Educational materials in North Korea are anti-religion, it says, explaining that people who have escaped from the country recount textbooks containing sections on Christian missionaries, characterizing them as committing “evil deeds,” such as rape, organ harvesting and murder.

While North Korea’s constitution officially guarantees religious freedom, and the communist dictatorship points to churches it has constructed in Pyongyang as proof of this guarantee, the State Department report contends these churches function merely as “showpieces for foreigners.”

The discrimination extends to followers of Shamanism as well, according to the report, which says they can face six months to several years in a forced labor camp or reeducation facility.

One victim was quoted as saying, “[Officials] worked us hard without feeding us properly … I suffered from malnutrition and was sure I would not survive. I kept having diarrhea, even when I only drank water, and I weighed just 35 kilograms [77 pounds]. Today I weigh 60 kilograms [132 pounds], so I was like a skeleton back then.”

Others described or showed signs of being beaten, ingesting contaminated food, being forced into uncomfortable positions for long periods of time, and receiving verbal abuse.

For Christians, the report points out, the sentences are significantly more severe, ranging from 15 years to life in prison.

One case involved the 2009 arrest of a family based on their religious practices and possession of a Bible. The entire family, including a 2-year-old child, were given life sentences in political prison camps.

In December, the United States co-sponsored a United Nations resolution deploring the North’s “systematic, widespread, and gross violations of human rights.” The resolution expressed significant concern about abuses, including summary executions of individuals exercising their freedom of religion or belief.

In its 2021 report, “Organized Persecution — Documenting Religious Freedom Violations in North Korea,” the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said the violations it documented in 2020 were “seemingly designed to remove all traces of Christianity.”

“The campaign to exterminate all Christian adherents and institutions in North Korea has been brutally effective, and continues through the work of the Ministry of State Security, networks of informants that stretch into China, the presence of ‘no-exit’ political prison camps, executions, and an educational and organizational system that deters adherence through schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods,” said the report, which was based on interviews of survivors, witnesses and perpetrators of religious freedom violations in 2020 and 2021.

The freedoms in North Korea are “subordinate to and overruled by a document known as the Ten Principles for Establishing a Monolithic Leadership System,” which has as its purpose to bring each North Korean individual’s thoughts and acts in line with the teachings of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un, it added.

For years, North Korea has ranked as the worst country globally when it comes to Christian persecution on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List.

“Being discovered as a Christian is a death sentence in North Korea,” says Open Doors USA, adding, “If you aren’t killed instantly, you will be taken to a labor camp as a political criminal.”

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(Used with permission. By Anugrah Kumar from The Christian Post. Photo Credit: Canva)

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June 8, 2023

Communist countries use the children to scare parents… they are using families as examples. One of you has a Bible, you all go to prison. Lord come back soon. Rapture those who trust in you and call on You with their 💕. Protect these Christians who are imprisoned supernaturally. Sending them ” manna” in ways that makes sense there. Help us to fight socialism and communism here in the USA from becoming a thing. Jesus turn hearts toward YOU!! Before it’s too late

June 8, 2023

Father, protect our brothers and sisters in Christ. Send help and open the prison doors. In Jesus’ name, Amen

June 8, 2023

Please Father end this tyrannical government. Make leadership let your people go. Send in fearless righteous leadership to pave the way.
All Glory is yours sir.🖖

Angela Dubber
June 8, 2023

Father, I lift up the Christians in North Korea to You; and I am declaring and believing for them to be set free from the prisons there. I pray for the mighty warring angels of heaven to remove these forces of darkness in North Korea. Lord shine Your light to bring freedom to Your people in North Korea. Strengthen and protect the Christians there and hide them under the shadow of Your wings. Surround them with songs of deliverance; and set them free from this evil government agenda there in the mighty name of Jesus I pray.

June 8, 2023

Father in Jesus’ name, we pray for Holy Spirit revival in the hearts of the government leaders and their families and for the removal of those who refuse your grace. We decree that You will remove the wicked leaders and raise up godly leaders who will honor You and protect all freedoms of worship life, and property. Strengthen your children and protect from harm.

Darlene Estlow
June 7, 2023

Father, I pray for the Christians in North Korea. May they feel your presence. Give them courage to stand with you. May the government officials bow to you and realize that you are God of the universe and there is none but you! Turn the hearts of the leaders from godlessness to righteousness in you.

June 7, 2023

Fear of the living God is driven by comments Jesus made in 1 John 2:18. History shows that from Genesis to today, man wants to usurp God’s throne, a decidedly satanic endeavor.
Father, indoctrinated people “don’t know what their doing.” Forgive them. We ask, where is the God of Elijah, Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, Paul? Cause Your word to explode so that the hardest hearts are changed and snatched from the fire (Jude).


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