Pray for the persecuted church in North Korea
Join Restoration in praying for our Christian brothers and sisters in North Korea who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Learn more from from Open Doors World Watchlist and read first-hand accounts from North Korean believers.
- North Korea has held the #1 spot on the World Watchlist for the Persecuted Church for 18 consecutive years.
- The North Korean government views Christianity as a hostile threat to the government regime and therefore ranks them in the Hostile class of society, giving them the lowest level rights as citizens.
- This class ranking opens Christians to a wide array of persecution that includes the risk of prison, forced labor camps, or death, not to mention the non-governmental persecution from non-Christian family members, friends, or neighbors.
- This extreme level of persecution and state vigilance means that it is nearly impossible for Christians in the country to gather together and worship. If believers decide to gather, they must use extreme caution and secrecy to avoid detection and the subsequent punishments.
- Kimilsungism is the North Korean practice of worshipping the leaders who are the all-powerful entities guiding North Korea and helping it to flourish. This practice leads to further persecution of Christians when they refuse to participate in the worship of Kim Jong-Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea.
- Many North Koreans (around 30,000) have risked their lives to cross the border and defect to South Korea for a safer and better quality life. These 30,000 have open access to the gospel and can worship freely.
- North Korean citizens frequently deal with food shortages due to the government’s mismanagement and their refusal to accept aid from other countries.
- A common meal would consist of rice, kimchi (fermented cabbage in a brine of garlic, ginger, scallions, and chili), and crackers with a cup of tea.