Posts Tagged ‘body of christ


World Watch List: North Korea

North Korea has been at the top of the WWL for seven consecutive years.  Of the 28.3 million citizens of North Korea, 70% have no religious belief.  People are told they must worship the country’s political leader, Kim Jung Il. Only 1.7% of the population are Christian.  The borders are closely monitored and people caught trying to leave N. Korea are sent back and forced into prison camps, beaten, tortured and often executed. Many try to escape to China, but Chinese government actively looks for North Korean refugees and sends them back. The amount of people in labor and prison camps has risen since 2008 and there are an estimated 50-70,000 Christians in camps.  In your prayers for North Korea, pray that spiritual and physical aid reaches the estimated 400,000 believers in the country. Also pray for wisdom and strenght for those trying to escape.

While Christians are specifically targeted due to the fact that they are viewed as threat to the government, most people in North Korea are suffering under the oppresive rule of Kim Jung Il. The government violates all international human rights laws and many different groups are concerned with the situation in N. Korea. I found the following video on YouTube and although its a bit long , I encourage you to watch it all the way through. It has alot of interesting facts and the pictures demonstrate the horrific situation better than this humble blogger can.


The parable of the Sower

Matthew 13:1-23 tells the parable of the sower. A farmer sows seed in many places. He scatters seed on the road, but the birds eat it. He scatters seed in rocky soil, but the sun scorches them. He plants among thorns, but the thorns choke the plants. Finally he plants in good soil, where the plants grow healthy and produce and bountiful crop.

Verse 21 says “But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.” Without being firmly rooted in the word, love and life of God, no Christian can withstand troubles and persecution. This blog highlights thousands of Christians all over the world who are firmly rooted in Christ and are therefore able to withstand the most intense persecution, sometimes to the point of death. Despite being discriminated against, verbally and physically abused, abandoned, forgotten and killed, these believers continue to persevere and remain deeply rooted in their faith.

We invite you to join our community. We are one body in Christ, when one suffers we all suffer. When one is persecuted we are all persecuted.  The stories of the persecuted church must be heard. Their suffering must not be in vain, but must be shared to encourage the body and further the Kingdom of God. We encourage you to read the stories and share them on your own blog along with your thoughts, experiences and prayers.

The purpose of the blog

To EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN and ENCOURAGE. To be a voice to those who have none, a voice that is LOUDER than their persecution, oppression and pain. A righteous voice that is LOUDER than the enemy.

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