According to Open doors U.S.A, North Korea is the number one country for Christian persecution in the world.
In light of encouragement and assistance, Christians from neighbouring South Korea are involved in a special mission to get Scripture into the hands of North Korean Christians, and that mission involves specially-designed balloons.
The balloons are filled with pages of Scripture and can fit the entire book of Mark. The South Koreans then drive to the border of North and South Korea–the demilitarized zone, fill the balloons with helium, and launch the balloons, which, if the weather is right, floats down into North Korean territory.
The initiative is known as Operation Dandelion. “We started this project back in 1991, and just as a dandelion needs the wind to spread its seeds, we need the wind to spread the message,” explained a South Korean Christian identified as Peter who is involved in the project.
“It’s almost impossible to get Bibles into North Korea, so using balloons is one of the most effective ways to share the gospel,” Peter continued.
“By sending these balloons, we let our North Korean brothers and sisters know that we are praying for them and the scriptures on the balloons are meant to encourage them,” another believer added.
Worship of the ruling Kim family is mandated for all citizens, and those who don’t comply (including Christians) are arrested, imprisoned, tortured or killed. Entire Christian families are imprisoned in hard labour camps, where unknown numbers die each year from torture, beatings, overexertion and starvation.
Author: Damilola Bolaji
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