Chosun Media Reports: "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently criticized young people who have grown up exposed to South Korean pop culture by saying they needed to be converted . . . the young generation, who have become curious about the outside world tend to be more independent-minded than the older generation. In a closing speech at a Workers Party meeting earlier this month Kim said, 'Turning all party cells into healthy and viable ones which are closely knitted in bonds of human feelings... Those that are not knitted in bonds of human feelings cannot become loyal cells.' Earlier, he tightened surveillance of young people. In December, he mandated the death sentence for people caught distributing South Korean and Western movies, songs and TV dramas and a maximum 15-year prison term on people who are nabbed watching them. This year, he ordered party cadres to re-educate wayward members. But young North Koreans have grown up exposed to grassroots capitalism in the North's fledgling open-air markets and are more independent-minded than their conformist parents. Due to the availability of computers and mobile phones, they have access to South Korean and other Western entertainment and the blandishments they depict, despite attempts to suppress them." 12 May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace; 13 may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets! 15 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord! (Psalm 144:12-15)
Father God, as the youth of North Korea are given a taste of the freedoms enjoyed by those on the outside world, we pray that you would turn their hearts to know the complete freedom found in You. We pray that this year, you would bring many of this young generation to know You and rise up as prayer warriors and worshipers on behalf of their country. We pray that they would look to You with expectation on the blessings you promise to those who fear You. Make the young men like strong plants and the young women like strong pillars. Bring the arrogant nation of North Korea that has imprisoned its people to its knees. In Jesus' name, Amen.