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The North Siders

April 17, 2007

 Proverbs 29″2  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

I’ve been thinking of doing this post ever since a news report came out some time ago.  The story involved a doctor and camera crew who were allowed inside of North korea.  This country is unimaginably isolated from the rest of the world and its citizens have only almost no access to information from the outside.  They hear only what falls in line with the world view of Kim Jong Il.  Whenever I hear about this I wonder about the saints who are there.  This is a country where a person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can be imprisoned on the spot and subjected to unimaginable torture.  I cannot help but wonder how filled to capacity our churches would be should this become the policy of our government. 

According to “Voice of the Martyrs” there are approximately 500,000 christians in North Korea.  I have to confess, with the style of oppression in place, I was surprised by this estimate.  Yet when God moves on the hearts of men, the institutions of wickedness are powerless to stop it.  Several years ago, I read an account of Sergei Kourdakov, a Soviet naval officer who, while he was attending the naval academy in Petropavlovsk, helped to infiltrate and round up the underground churches there.  He told how the more that they rounded them up, the more of them there seemed to be.  I cannot remember the exact chain of events, however, this man eventually was on a ship off the west coast where he made a break for the shore.  He was eventually washed up on the Canadian coast.  He was later born again and began to do speaking engagements.  He told those closest to him that if he ever died, his death would look like an accident.  This is precicely what happened. 

The story mentioned in the beginning involved a doctor who was performing cataract surgeries in various locations throughout North Korea and was allowed to document his trip with video.  One incident showed a lady who had received this surgery and they were removing the bandage from her eyes.  She could see for the first time in quite a while and was exuberant over the restoration of her vision.  She then began to “praise” their great general, Kim Jong Il, who had made it possible for her to see again.  The control over the population is so complete that this lady was giving praise to a man as we give to God who fills heaven and earth.  

The camera operator caused a stir when later on, he was filming a huge statue of either Kim Jong Il or Kim Il Sung.  The camera guy had to literally lay down in the front of the statue in order to get it all into view.  A guard approached him and they were ready to expel the whole group on the spot.  Aparently, when he got on the ground, this was considered an act of irreverance to the “great general” and had they not been foreigners, would have been committed to prison.  He talked his way through the incident and the incident was dropped. 

Lately, North Korea has been making headlines as a result of their nuclear program and the test-firing of an array of missiles.  They have experienced famine-like conditions for over a decade and the average citizen is six inches shorter than their counterparts to the south.  Many have no idea as to the prosperity that lies just south of the 38th parallel.  To hear the acounts of this country, it seems almost like a “window into another era” and yet we know that oppression is still very much a preferred method of “controlling” a population.  Currently there’s a story with links on www.opendoorsusa.org as a week of awareness is coming up which serves to educate and motivate a slumbering population in this country. 

These next two posts are at faithwalk and are certain to stir up any who read them.

www.faithwalk.wordpress.com/2007/04/14/growing-in-faith/

www.faithwalk.wordpress.com/2007/04/15/growing-in-faith-part-2/ 

In these posts, Susan has chronicled their involvement with Open Doors in eastern Europe.  I would encourage anyone to stop by.  It not only shows a level of trust in the Lord that we all should strive for, it also causes one to realize how “out of touch” many of us are in the west.  Many of us have a “mental” acknowledgement of such things, but to actually witness it is a whole different thing.  This is one of the reasons that the need to be close to the Lord and obediant to his every leading is so important.  We really don’t know what tomorrow brings, or when we’ll find the season of prepration to be “over.”  Many hear these accounts and unwittingly think of them as being “over there.”  The day may well come when they are no longer “over there” but a very present reality here. 

The situation in North Korea is dire and yet we know that God isn’t limited by what appears to be real in the physical realm. 

More information can be found at:

www.persecution.org/suffering/index.php   

www.persecution.org/suffering/countryinfodetail.php?countrycode=29  (North korea)

I’m going to close this up, but first I want to mention an interview that took place on Steve Quayles shortwave broadcast.  It was a discussion with Michael Bouldea, who is the grandson of Dimitri Duduman.  He used to translate for his grandfather concerning the burden that the Lord had placed on him to warn the United States of a war to come.  Dimitris words were often not taken seriously because they were spoken in the midst of “Glasnost.”  The communist governments of eastern europe had collapsed and the old Soviet Union had broken up into independant republics.  In the interview, Micheal was talking about his most recent dream and how so many in this country are unprepared for the days ahead.  He mentioned how many in this country have this notion that we’re somehow going to be the “only generation” whose not going to see persecution or trials.  These dreams and visions can be found at:

www.handofhelp.com/index.php 

Well I’ll be going for now.  I rarely post two in one day, let alone two in one afternoon.  Nonetheless, this was doing no good sitting in the drafts section.  The times ahead really shouldn’t trouble the saint of God, but they should cause us to draw close to Jesus.  To have no confidence in this world and to have our hearts firmly upon the world to come.  I’ll close out with this passage.

 I Peter 1:7-9  “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.  Whom having n ot seen, ye love; in whom though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

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7 comments

  1. The whole situation in NK is quite sad w/ the dictatorship of father and son for the past 50+ years — Kim II Sung, and Kim Jong II. From 1994 – 2000, the death rate rose 50%. The DMZ is the most heavily defended border w/ 35K US soldiers.


  2. Thank you for the post bringing to light what our brethren face in N. Korea , for and the link. Hopefully I’ll wrap the posts up tonight.
    We here in the west just have so little idea of what is going in the rest of the world. The persecution, the poverty, the darkness. Yet it is infitrating our society steadily.

    Our daughter who is in Cambodia got caught in some crossfire this weekend trying to get out of Poipet; said it was pretty scary hunkering down in the tuk tuk while the driver tried to get her out of the city, and yet this is the reality of many people every day.
    And then there are the christians in muslim nations…
    Guess another post is brewing on the subject already, if I can find the time to write more.

    Every blessing to you timbob!

    Susan

    Now on to the other post…


  3. Greetings Code. I really pray for this situation to be resolved and the gospel can be proclaimed freely. I read somewhere that Pyongyang once had a very large christian population. Thanks for commenting

    Have a blessed day in Christ


  4. Greetings. I will definately keep your daughter in prayer along with your family. When we hear such accounts, it amazes me as to just how sheltered we have been in this country. May we use this time to build up our most holy faith and prepare for a future that may well be far different than the present. Thank you for commenting.

    Have a blessed day in Christ.


  5. My prayers are with them.

    Thanks & Blessings

    Steve.

    http://newpsalms.wordpress.com/


  6. I think the church in North America needs to know more about this and hopefully bring a conviction to do right, not good..but to do right!


  7. blessing to you timbob



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