From the Foleys
The New Wave of Christian Persecution in China is Producing a New Wave of North Korean Missionaries from the Most Unusual Backgrounds
2018 marked a new wave of Christian persecution in China--a coordinated, country-wide offensive against the church in both its registered and unregistered forms. One battle in that larger war has been the identification and expulsion of South Korean missionaries. As a result, North Koreans, who have typically learned about Christianity from two sources--Korean missionaries and Chinese churches--have also been caught in the undertow of this persecution tsunami.
Chinese churches were once the primary "stations" on the North Korean underground railroad. It used to be whispered in North Korea that anyone escaping into China should look for a building with a cross on top. There, they were told, someone would help them. And the whisper was true. Now, however, China is tearing the crosses down from these buildings and putting their leaders in prison.
Owing to these twin developments--the expulsion of South Korean missionaries and the desecration of Chinese churches--it would seem increasingly unlikely for North Koreans in China to hear about Jesus.
It would seem that way. But we should never question whether God has a Plan B. He always does. The only question is whether what looks to us like Plan B was in fact the Plan A he intended in the first place
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