Part II

Day 11: The Need for Missionaries

“In 2005, I was traveling inside North Korea and preaching the Gospel when a person in one of the villages turned me in” Esther said and she retold the story.

“The police came to where I was staying, busted into the room, and told me that I was an enemy of the state. I was taken into an interrogation room and questioned day and night. I wasn’t given water or food for days. The commander kept pounding on the desk in front of me, demanding to know every detail about what I have been doing and the names of the people I had been meeting with.” “I just kept telling him that I am a child of Christ and love the people of my home land. There is nothing that I would do to harm anyone in my homeland. I was kept in prison for over a month, but because I was a Chinese citizen they let me go and sent me back to China.”

During Esther’s time in North Korea she had made many friends who grew to love and her and trusted her. They did not want her to leave. They needed her to return. While she was gone, many of them shared about her deeds and love for the people inside of North Korea. Stories about her work and effort spread all around the countryside. The people that heard the stories longed to see her and meet her in person, because there were not many people who were brave enough to share the Love of Christ inside of North Korea.

“Even today they call me on a weekly basis and ask that I provide support for people when they come out of North Korea into China for supplies. I help all that I can. I get calls from many people who don’t know who I am, but have heard about me and ask if I can help them.”

Esther is not the only missionary that has served in North Korea, but there are currently not enough. Many more brave souls of Christ are needed to be sent to the nation behind the bamboo curtain.

Prayer Points:

  • There are too few missionaries inside North Korea
  • Missionaries that are discovered are often thrown in jail, tortured, or killed
  • The world-wide Christian Body of Christ is desperately needed to send missionaries to North Korea

Today’s Scripture Reading:

Romans 10:13-15
 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!