North Korea: Balloons with Bibles Banned

NORTH KOREA — Earlier this month the South Korean goverment passed a law that makes it illegal to send anything considered anti-North Korean into the so called “Hermit Kingdom”. This new law will have a direct impact on The Voice of the Martyrs Korea’s ministry of using balloons to get Bibles into North Korea.

Since 2005, The Voice of the Martyrs Korea (previously known as Seoul USA) has used balloons as one of the ways to get Bibles and other Christian materials into North Korea. However, the South Korean government has recently passed a new law that will make it illegal to send anything considered “anti-North Korean material” into what is often referred to as “the Hermit Kingdom.” This ban will take effect in three months, which means violators could face up to three years in prison or 30 million won ($35,000 Canadian) in fines. VOM Canada’s Greg Musselman spoke to Dr. Eric Foley, the CEO of The Voice of the Martyrs Korea, to find out how this new law will affect their ministry into North Korea.

About Voice of the Martyrs Canada

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost.

The Voice of the Martyrs continues this mission around the world today through the following purposes:

  • To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
  • To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
  • To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
  • To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

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