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The Bible that escaped North Korea

This is more than a Bible: it’s a survivor.

It comes out of North Korea and is almost 100 years old.

This Bible survived the Japanese rule of Korea in the first half of the 20th Century, when Christians were forced to bow before the altars of the emperor.

It has survived three generations of dictators – Kim il-Sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un, all of whom want to ban the Bible and crush its power.

It’s a survivor, this Bible. Like the church.

New for old

All Bibles tell stories, but this one has something extra. Because it tells us that the church is still alive and active in North Korea. In fact, until recently this Bible was still being used by secret believers in North Korea, despite the fact that it is written in a very out-of-date version of Korean.

So how did this Bible make its way out of the country? How did it 'escape'? It was given to one of our underground workers in exchange for a smuggled, modern Korean Bible.

Thanks to your support and prayers secret believers in North Korea are receiving new Bibles. And the believers who previously guarded this precious object gave it to the Bible smugglers as a way of saying ‘Gamsahamnida!’ (‘Thank you!’)

Help more Bibles to escape

Will you join us in smuggling Bibles to North Korea?

You can give a persecuted believer in North Korea the gift of a Bible. In return we’ll send you a copy of the Open Doors Secret Church Devotional. Designed to replicate the anonymous, easily concealed Korean Bibles which Open Doors distributed for many years, the Secret Church Devotional contains daily readings to help you engage in daily prayer and action for the persecuted church.

It’s a great way to say ‘Gamsahamnida!’ to persecuted Christians for their faithfulness, not just in North Korea but all around the world.

Smuggle hope to your persecuted family: Send a Bible to North Korea

More Bibles and Christian books from North Korea

More Bibles from the 1920s. These were still being used until recently and were donated to South Korean Bible smugglers in exchange for new, smuggled-in Bibles in modern Korean language. The script is so-called 'mixed script', a mixture of Korean and Chinese characters, common in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Sunday school magazines from the 1920s. Along with Bibles, Open Doors also supplies Christian books and other materials for the underground church. 

A copy of A Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan from the 1920s.

How Open Doors helps Christians in North Korea

Open Doors has served the underground Christians in North Korea for over 30 years. We’ve given secret believers food, clothes, medicines, Bibles, books and other Christian materials. We also broadcast radio programs into the country, and give shelter and biblical education to North Korean refugees in China. This is only possible through the prayers and gifts of our supporters around the world.

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