Day 28: A Gospel Franchise
Back to Jerusalem missionaries have set up a small business that is allowing them to have regular access throughout North Korea.
For security reasons, the details of the business cannot be revealed, but it has allowed a group of Chinese missionaries to move to North Korea to share the Gospel. The missionaries have been trying to make their business competitive as well as compassionate. The government officials would like to financially benefit from the income and have offered special favors in exchange for a bribe, but the Chinese have resisted the temptation. They are hoping that they can make a difference by setting the example of Christian ethics in business.
North Koreans have come from all over to gain employment from the Chinese missionaries. Word has started to spread around that the Chinese employers are not only good people to buy goods and services from, but they are also good to work for. Unlike the government, the Chinese business that has been set up by the missionaries, pay their workers a competitive salary and they pay it on time.
Unfortunately, in North Korea, more than 90-95% of the workers’ income has to be given over to the government as tax. The workers are not allowed to keep very much their pay, but because of the tax system, the Chinese also subsidize the pay with food, rice, and vegetables. Paying the workers in food makes many of the employees extremely happy. In a nation where the overwhelming majority are malnutrition and starving to death – food is a welcomed currency.
- North Koreans are not very accessible to foreign missionaries, so business provides an amazing platform for engagement
- Most North Koreans are unemployed so the BTJ business contributes by providing jobs and skills
- Pray for the Chinese missionaries that are currently running their business in North Korea
Today’s Scripture Reading:
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.