Day 29: Infiltration

Back to Jerusalem missionaries have set up an underground railroad through a business that they have established in North Korea. The business allows them access to a chain of suppliers that can easily help deliver desperately needed items in North Korea – like food, bibles, and Christian teaching materials.

More than ten years ago, BTJ was able to deliver hundreds of audio Bibles in to North Korea through the porous border, but as BTJ saw success, so did many other ministries. Soon there were many ministries on the border of North Korea delivering their own audio Bibles and it did not take long before North Korean officials caught on. They began to clamp down on the border region specifically looking for audio Bibles.

The Chinese government was made aware of the situation and also began to crack down on ministries in the area. Their level of alert was heightened after North Korean agents came across the border and assassinated a Chinese citizen pastor in an attempt to stop the Gospel from coming to their nation from China. The Chinese government was not happy about their territorial integrity being violated and greatly blamed underground Christian ministries infiltrating North Korea with the Gospel.

The North Korean government crackdown has extremely effective, but this new method that has been established by Back to Jerusalem has allowed Christian materials to get into the hands of the people without much worry regarding the new regulations. The delivery is irregular and large quantities are not always possible, but so far, the new method has been able to keep the Chinese and their partners safe. More materials are needed and more prayers for protection is absolutely necessary.

Prayer Points:

  • New Christians in North Korea desperately need Bibles and other Gospel materials
  • Most North Korean Christians do not know any believers that are willing to risk their life to help them with access to God’s Word
  • Pray for the safety of those that are involved in the BTJ underground railroad

Today’s Scripture Reading:

Isaiah 54:2-5
Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.