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The Invisible Christians of North Korea: Where They Came from and How They're Surviving by God's Grace Alone

Eric Metaxas, Stan Guthrie : Sep 20, 2017 : ChristianHeadlines.com

Did you know that from the late 19th century until 1942, Pyongyang, North Korea's Orwellian capital city today, was known as the "Jerusalem of the East"?

[ChristianHeadlines.com] If you think North Korea's dictators are bad for the world, just imagine what it's like to be a Christian there. (Photo: via Christian Headlines.com)

Anyone who knows anything about world missions and the global Church knows about the Christians of South Korea. According to the Operation World prayer guide, "From the first Protestant church planted in 1884, South Korea now has possibly 50,000 Protestant congregations," and 15 million Christians of all kinds. It's also a missionary powerhouse, currently sending more than 21,000 missionaries to about 175 countries. Amazing!

But the Christians of North Korea? They're virtually invisible—though of course not in the eyes of the Lord Jesus! Operation World says that although no one really knows their true number, there could be as many as 350,000 underground Christians living in the slave state of 24 million people. When you consider that the government there—whether run by the Japanese occupiers during World War II, or the current cult-like, totalitarian leadership—has been trying to stamp out all vestiges of Christianity for about 70 years, that's also amazing...

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