Holy Spirit, how should I bear my calling in North Korea? (A letter from North Korean Christian)

After I had a dreadful life in North Korea for forty-six-years, I went to China to make money where I accidentally met a man from South Korea. From him, I heard about God and started to read the bible for the first time in my life. I smuggled a bible when I came back to North Korea and read it secretly.


Sometime later, unfortunately, I got busted by the local police, they convicted and sentenced me to a civil service labor camp. They put me in a confined single room to investigate and physically torture me about the source of the bible.

The condition of my room was indescribably filthy and had no single light, the smell from the toilet was like rotten dead bodies.


One day, out of control, I started to sing a hymn "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" It was a total surprise to myself singing in that circumstance. Then I cried out, I mean it was more like I screamed at Him " God, if you exist please get me out of here~!!"


As the result of the nonstop physical torture, my body remained skin and bones and I lost the ability for the contraction in anal muscles to hold stool so I couldn't control spilling. My life there was beyond human imagination.


Anyway, after the long 15 years, they released me. The world had changed. My neighbors were not the same, all I received was cold despising eyes.


The end of November 2015, when the harsh northern winter began, without a choice, I left to China again. While I was wandering here and there to look for a job, I met a minister. He taught me about the Bible again. August 7, 2016, this Bible passage lodged into my heart deeply during our bible study.


"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

On that very day, I was baptized. I finally proclaimed Jesus as my Savior.


I also remembered the first word that made deep burn marks inside of me when I began to study the bible:

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved -- you and your household."

I've clung onto this passage whenever I prayed. I was not the same ordinary man anymore. So I diligently studied God's words and prayed even harder. My Lord also has reassured my identity as a servant of Jesus Christ with the verse:

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light".

I still can't believe God chose a sinner like me to serve Him so I can testify His love and preaching the gospel to my people in North Korea. Only because of God's boundless love He made me to become a pastor, therefore with the help of the Holy Spirit I wrote this testimony.


September 30, 2017, I graduated from a two-year-course of bible school and became a pastor, minister for the North Korean people. On that day, my God also gave me the word:

" But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

This passage reminds me the importance of my ministry so I've always watched out for my attitude and words in order to get as many souls as possible.

I often memorized, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." And I ask Holy God for the guidance in my ministry to change hearts in North Korea.


I've committed my life as a servant of God to save people in North Korea whose eyes were blind because of their sinful life. I want to share the Gospel which directs us to eternal life and gives us guidance. I will do my best to reflect Jesus' humble kindness and serving life through my ministry. It's an honor for me to become a member with other ministers who have been working many years to serve God and saved many souls in North Korea with their undivided hearts. I also thank you for their hard work and devotion to my people. Lastly, I praise and honor our loving God with my whole heart~!

April, 9, 2019

From an anonymous servant,

on the way to North Korea until the last person hears the Good News.

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