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North Korean Christians risking their lives to acquire Bibles


North Korea’s Christians are desperately seeking copies of the Holy Bible even to the point of risking of their lives. These Christians are hungry for the Word of God. These Christians are hungry for Holy Bible that they’re willing to risk imprisonment of 15 years in a labor camp or even death just to to acquire a copy of God’s Word.

Holy Bibles in North Korea

In this regard, Rachel Godwin from a Christian humanitarian organization Word Help stated in a column for FoxNews that: “There are still countless believers across this dark nation who are desperate for Bibles”. She added: “Some people have never even seen a copy of the Scriptures in their life … but they know they would do anything to get their hands on one.”

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Word Help smuggles 100,000 copies of the Holy Bibles into North Korea. She narrated a true story of a group of North Korean Christians who got into a fishing boat in the small hours and traveled to the center of the river in order to read the Bible – to avoid getting caught by the government. These believers hid their Bibles underneath their fishing gear.

“This is the only place where they feel safe enough to worship together and study God’s Word,” Godwin wrote. “And even then, they are constantly on alert. If they are caught reading the Bible, they could immediately be sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp – or worse.

They’ve heard the stories of what happens to people who are heard speaking the name of Jesus. Many of them,” she wrote, “have family members and friends who are living in the camps now … or have been buried there.”

She detailed that there are not enough Bibles for every believer in North Korea. “After years of being carefully studied and then hidden over and over again, the bindings have come loose and pages are beginning to slip out,” she wrote in her article. “Many of the Bibles have water damage from these early morning meetings on the boat. But they are still these Christians’ prized possessions … they risk their lives for these Bibles.” She went on to write: “For North Korea’s Christians, a new Bible “is the greatest gift they could receive.”