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Thank you message from North Korea: 'I appreciate your love and concern'

06 July 2018

Hae-Seok* from North Korea has sent a thank you message to Open Doors workers after he was able to attend Bible training run by Open Doors, which takes place in safe houses in China.

North Korean believers make the dangerous and illegal journey over border from North Korea into China, where they are met by our workers who care for them in safe houses, and the Christians are discipled and taught more about the Bible. They will often be given food, clothes and medicines to take with them back into North Korea, alongside Biblical materials. This sometimes takes the form of audio files, with Christian music and Bibles stories.

Those who run the safe houses for North Koreans are also taking huge risks to do this work – it’s illegal to help North Korean ‘defectors’ and North Korean spies have assassinated Chinese Christians who were working with them.

After Hae-Seok left with his Bible resources, it was a while before anything was heard from him, but Open Doors workers continued to pray for him to stand firm in his faith in North Korea.

Recently, he got in touch:

Beloved Brother,  

How have you been?  

I have been listening to the music (Gospel music) which I received from you. That is so good.  

During the family gathering, I also shared the stories (Gospel) that you shared with me. Those are very interesting and impressive.  

I appreciate your love and concern. Thank you again, brother. I miss you so much!  

I am looking forward to meeting you soon again. Take care!  

From Hae-Seok

It is so wonderful to hear that Hae-Seok has been able to share the gospel stories with his family!

North Korea is currently number 1 on the Open Doors World Watch List, which annually ranks the 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted for their faith. Leader Kim Jong-un and his family are revered as gods, and any other form of religion is completely forbidden. Christians there must keep their faith an absolute secret, even from their children, for fear of imprisonment, torture, and even death.

We estimate that there are between 200,000 and 400,000 Christians living in North Korea currently – between 50,000 and 70,000 of them are imprisoned in labour camps. But, thanks to your prayers and support, Christians like Hae-Seok are not only surviving – they’re thriving and sharing the gospel with those around them. 

The last few months have seen some positive steps forward for North Korea. Kim Jong-un met with Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, and shortly afterwards he met with President Donald Trump of the USA. However, Open Doors North Korean contacts are still concerned, and there is still a very long way to go before the people of North Korea can be free. Please keep those involved in the talks for peace on the Korean peninsula in your prayers. 


You can stand with them in prayer, knowing that there is nowhere too dark or too dangerous for the hand of God to reach. You can make sure others know what is happening in North Korea - bring your friends to our Open Doors celebrations Standing Strong, where they can hear Hannah* share her amazing testimony of surviving a North Korean labour camp.

And you can put food, medicines and Bibles into the hands of a North Korean believer, through Open Doors secret workers. It should be impossible, but they are keeping 60,000 secret believers alive by smuggling food into the country.

Please stand with the people of North Korea in prayer and action, and know that our brothers and sisters there pray for you. We recently received a message from a secret believer in North Korea, saying, “We send the special thanks to the fellow workers and believers in foreign churches who supported us with their loving hands. Our North Korean underground church leaders pray for you that God may pour out His blessings and grace upon you.”

*name changed for security reasons 


  • For Hae-Seok and his family, and all believers in North Korea, that God would protect them and provide opportunities to share fellowship with one another
  • That Open Doors local partners providing Bible training would be able to reach more of our brothers and sisters safely 
  • For all those involved in North Korean peace talks, and for leaders Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump, that they would maintain positive relationships with one another.

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