Cry Of The Persecuted: Praying For North Korea’s Secret Believers

Farrukh Saif

June 5, 2024

Christian Persecution in North Korea

North Korean Christians face unimaginable persecution and hardship for their faith in Christ. Here are some key points about their dire situation:

The lack of basic necessities is severe. Secret believers report “lacking everything”—food, heat, and medicine. Many are starving and freezing during the harsh winters, only able to heat their homes once a day due to a lack of firewood. And there is no access to proper medical care.

Owning a Bible or being discovered as a Christian carries a death sentence. Entire families, including children, are arrested, tortured, and executed or sent to brutal labor camps for life. One Christian named Song was imprisoned for leading prayers, enduring horrific conditions, and near-starvation before his miraculous release after two years.

The regime intensely monitors and cracks down on any perceived disloyalty. Authorities confiscate devices, media, and goods from outside North Korea, increasing surveillance on those with family members who escaped. Christians must exercise extreme caution or face banishment or imprisonment for the slightest infraction.

Despite the risks, an underground church of an estimated 300,000-400,000 Christians persists, holding secret gatherings and desperately seeking Bibles. Some refugees who found Christ in China have even returned to share the gospel, fueling the church’s growth against all odds.

On May 13th, Open Doors USA issued an urgent call to pray for North Korean Christians enduring this unthinkable persecution and deprivation. Their faith and resilience in the face of such cruelty is a remarkable testament to the power of Christ.

Call For Prayer:

The plight of persecuted Christians, especially in North Korea, is a grave human rights crisis that demands our attention and prayers. Despite facing unimaginable oppression, torture, and even execution for their faith, an underground church persists, fueled by unwavering devotion to Christ.

Let’s come together in heartfelt prayer for our brothers and sisters who are enduring horrific persecution. May God strengthen their resolve, provide for their desperate needs, and put an end to their suffering. Let’s also pray for the oppressive regimes, asking that their hearts be transformed by the love of Christ.


Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.


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