Day 22: Give Us our Daily Bread

In 2018, even though the military was preparing to fight America, North Korea allowed their soldiers to leave their posts for three months to go and find food. A few of those soldiers risked their lives and ran across the de-militarized zone between North Korea and South Korea in order to get food for survival.

One soldier was taken to an emergency room and treated for severe malnutrition. Massive tape worms and kernels of uncooked corn were found in his digestive track. Many North Korean fishermen made their way to Japan to find food. North Korea’s crops have been grossly mismanaged and there is a chronic food shortage.

The number of people dying in North Korea from hunger is not known. Back to Jerusalem currently has a feeding program that provides food throughout the nation for free. Children are the number one target of the feeding program. Although we cannot give details about the feeding program, we can say that our methodology cuts the costs of typical food production by huge amounts. Most feeding programs in North Korea are forced to allow the government to carry out their efforts. However, with little or no oversight, North Korea simply uses the resources to feed their military and political cadre. Every month, when production is at its best, we are able to provide 2,000 meals for people in North Korea. Though is not a huge number, it is personally monitored and carried out.

With all of the missile launches and nuclear testing that North Korea is conducting, it is easy to miss that North Korea has been suffering from a significant drought. According to a report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a drought in the central and southern cereal-producing provinces in North Korea has led to “serious concerns” about the final production of the internationally isolated country’s main cropping season. Extreme drought in these critical growing regions has led to drastically less yields of staple crops and put millions of people at risk of starvation.

Sanctions have been slapped on North Korea that keep desperately needed items from going in or out of the nation. Even China, North Korea’s biggest supporter, is giving in to the sanctions. Back to Jerusalem is one of the few organizations that is able to provide food hand-to-mouth because of our unique access through the Chinese missionaries.

Prayer Points:

  • North Korea suffers from constant food shortage
  • Though people are dying on a regular basis from starvation in North Korea, the total number of deaths is not known
  • Pray that God continue to use His people to provide food to those that are suffering from starvation

Today’s Scripture Reading:

Psalms 107:4-9
They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.