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SOUTH KOREA MUSKATHLON 2019

Are you ready to meet North Korean Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith? Are you willing to stand at the border and pray with South Koreans for their northern neighbours? Are you excited about being able to raise funds to help support Christians living in the most persecuted country in the world? We are thrilled that the Open Doors 2019 Muskathlon will be visiting SOUTH KOREA!

Interested? Call Fiona our Challenge Events expert on 01993 460015 or email challenge@opendoorsuk.org

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE SOUTH KOREA MUSKATHLON?

The Muskathlon is an extreme endurance challenge, set in an extreme location. If you are looking for a challenge that will push you to the limit, as well as having a direct impact on the lives of North Korean Christians, the South Korean Muskathlon is for you!

YOU can:

  • RUN, WALK OR CYCLE: (You choose between running 13, 26 or 39 miles, trekking 39 miles or cycling 75 miles.)
  • RAISE FUNDS to supply believers with much needed shelter, emergency relief aid, books and Christian materials and training materials.
  • ENCOURAGE the North Korean defector believers you meet by praying and sharing stories together.
  • RAISE AWARENESS in the UK. Challenge events such as the Muskathlon generate a huge amount of interest and awareness amongst your friends and family. By spreading the word of what North Korean Christians are experiencing, you are mobilising prayer support and speaking out on their behalf.

WHAT WILL THE TRIP INVOLVE?

You will get to know North Korean defector Christians and the Open Doors workers who are helping North Korean Christians. You will discover the price of following Jesus Christ. You will learn more of the dark powers that keep North Korea in its grip. But most of all you will be a blessing to the people behind the barbed wire, simply by being there, and by praying.

This is an adventure and fun filled week in which you’ll enjoy:

  • visits and lunch with North Korean defector Christians living in South Korea
  • visits to churches in South Korea, time with pastors and Christians
  • a visit to the border village of Panmunjom
  • training sessions
  • sightseeing trips
  • daily group devotions
  • team times and medical advice
  • event day – your Muskathlon challenge and then a huge celebration

WHEN IS IT TAKING PLACE?

The South Korean Muskathlon will take place from 5th – 12th October 2019. You may need to allow extra travel days either side of these dates if you require local transfers.

WHAT IS THE CURRENT SITUATION IN NORTH KOREA?

Persecution is led by the state which sees Christians as hostile elements that have to be eradicated.

Due to constant indoctrination, neighbours and family members, including children, are highly watchful and report anything suspicious to the authorities. If Christians are discovered, they are deported to labour camps as political criminals or killed on the spot; their families share their fate. Meeting for worship is almost impossible, so is done in utmost secrecy. The churches shown to visitors in Pyongyang serve mere propaganda purposes.

Christians must keep their faith completely secret; most do not even tell their own children about their faith until they are older teenagers for fear that they may let something slip. If a Christian has a Bible, or part of one, it will be carefully hidden and only read when the believer is sure they are alone.

And yet, many have decided that knowing Jesus is worth the risks they face. The church in North Korea is not only surviving, but growing - and they have great hope for the future. One Christian has shared: "One day the borders will open and we will unite with the South Korean and the Chinese church to bring the gospel to some of the darkest places on this earth."

Read the latest news from North Korea

HOW WILL OPEN DOORS USE THE MONEY RAISED BY MUSKATHLETES TAKING PART IN THIS EVENT?

The money raised through the South Korean Muskathlon can help support the church in North Korea by providing emergency relief aid (medicines, clothes and food - Open Doors is currently feeding 60,000 people in North Korea), training through radio broadcasting and by distributing books and other Christian materials.  It can also help support North Korean believers in China (who usually travel back to North Korea) by providing shelter, aid, training and training materials.   The more money you raise through your Muskathlon, the more hope you can bring to North Korean believers.  Our suggested fundraising target is £10,000 which is a real leap of faith, but we’ll work with you, giving you regular fundraising tips and advice, sending you our fundraising pack and putting you in touch with the rest of the team so that you can share tips and advice.

Every £35 could go towards broadcasting Christian radio programmes into North Korea, with the potential to reach tens of thousands with the hope of the gospel.

Every £58 can provide food, medicine and clothes to support a North Korean family for a month.

Any excess funds will help to strengthen persecuted Christians in other regions of the world

The money you raise can be made up of one-off donations and also commitments by other friends or family to giving monthly to the support the work of Open Doors. Each £8 per month sponsor counts towards £250 of your total and each £25 per month sponsor counts towards £1000 of your total.

WHAT ABOUT THE COSTS?

The trip costs €1550 excluding flights and you will be expected to pay this and the cost of your flights yourself. You will be required to pay a €100 deposit to secure your booking and the remainder can be paid in instalments. If you are choosing to cycle on event day you may need to allow extra to cover the cost of transporting your bike.

Book by 15th December 2018 and save €100 on your trip costs.

HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

To download a detailed brochure describing what to expect on the trip, how best to prepare, train and fundraise, please click this link.

To sign up ring Fiona 01993 460015 to find out more and chat through your queries. Alternatively email her on challenge@opendoorsuk.org

 
“When you participate in an event such as this, you get far more out than you can ever put in.” Vaughan, Muskathlete.