Tensions continue between North Korea and China as the issue of travel due to Covid-19 remains a question of ongoing debate for the international community. North Korea and China had initially agreed to resume the international train service for tourists between the two countries until North Korea requested a reconsideration of the agreement. "China felt that North Korea believed Beijing’s capacity to effectively quarantine COVID-19 cases was poor. It appears North Korea’s request to renegotiate ended up hurting the pride felt by Chinese officials, particularly given that they had recently declared victory over COVID-19."
The stop of train travel and with it, foreign currency coming into North Korea through tourism continues to put heavy strain on the North Korean economy, making it extremely difficult to get vital resources into the country. The complexity of the situation is compounded as the coronavirus spreads throughout the country (despite the North Korean government's reports otherwise), threatening an already poorly-fed and health-compromised population.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:8-10
Father God, we pray that you would do marvelous work in North Korea. You who make wars to cease and burn the weapons of men with fire, humble the leaders of North Korea and make pathways for the gospel and for needed resources into the country. We know that you are at work in mighty ways unseen by men. Strengthen us and your church in North Korea through prayer and increase our faith to be still and know that you are God. You will be exalted among the nations and in the earth!! Amen.