Day 18: Granny’s Secret Casserole

(Some of the details of this story have been changed for security reasons)

Mrs. Yin was an 80 year old grandmother that loved to talk about Jesus. She had spent her life raising her children and grandchildren in China, but after her husband passed away, she no longer had the overwhelming commitments that she had when she was younger.

She always had a heart for North Korea and did not see any reason why she could not travel there and start churches. She had heard that the people in North Korea desperately needed Bibles, but they had no way of getting them. “It is just too dangerous to try to take Bibles into North Korea,” the local Christians said. “Many have tried and died.” Their words of warning did not scare Grandma Yin, but only made her more determined.

Grandma Yin was known for feeding everyone that came to her home. She would make large meals, big enough to feed a small army. One day she got the idea to make her famous Korean casserole and hide audio Bibles inside. With her new idea, she baked a casserole and took it across the border to North Korea. No one suspected her of doing something so dangerous and she was never stopped.

She was so successful that she decided to cook more casseroles and smuggle in more Bibles, but one day while crossing the border a guard saw a lump in the middle of her casserole and was suspicious. He took out his knife, stabbed it into the center of granny’s casserole and felt a sudden thump. When he pulled out the item that hit his knife, he discovered that innocent little granny was actually a Bible smuggler. Grandma Yin was thrown into a North Korean prison.

When she did not return back to her family in China, everyone knew that it was not good. When they found out that she had been arrested for smuggling Bibles into North Korea the family cried. There was very little chance that they would ever hear from her again. Unfortunately for the prison guards, Grandma Yin did not stop. She continued preaching and sharing the Gospel. She became one of the number one trouble makers in the prison.

The guards did not want to kill her because she was a Chinese citizen and no one had the heart to beat her, so they realized that the best thing to do was to let her go and to never allow her to return back. Grandma Yin went back to her home across the border in China and continues to serve warm home-cooked casseroles for hungry North Koreans and hand out Bibles for them to take back with them to North Korea.

Prayer Points:

  • One of the most difficult and dangerous challenges for North Korean missionaries is getting Bibles into the hands of the people
  • There is a real hunger to get the Word of God in North Korea
  • Pray that God will raise up more brave grandmothers that have the grit to face down the enemy – and win!

Today’s Scripture Reading:

Isaiah 40:28-31
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint