Published February 1, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea is well-known as a country where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Last month, details about four Christians executed for their faith have been released through the World Bible Translation Center’s Gary Bishop.
One man who worked as an evangelist was executed after being caught with two Korean New Testaments in his possession, Bishop told Mission Network News. A woman and her grandmother were washing clothes when a New Testament fell out of the woman’s clothing. Somebody reported it, and both she and her grandmother were quickly executed. And an army general who had become a believer was caught evangelizing men in his unit and was executed by a fellow officer.
Despite the oppression – or perhaps because of it – God seems to be working, Bishop said: “People are looking for an answer other than their own government. And, I believe that’s awakening the resilience of believers in North Korea to say, ‘We have another answer.’”
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