Chris and I gave a update on Facebook, here it is.
For the last week, the Agape 1040 team has been in full effect in South Korea close to the border of North Korea. Many of you have not heard of the plight of the North Korean Christians. Last week, 80 people were publicly executed and hundreds of their families were put in hard labor concentration camps for life for possessing what the North Koreans call, “Pornography”. It was bibles, Christian teaching and Christian videos.
North Korean Christians cannot even meet in house churches because the danger is beyond anything we have seen in the persecution of todays Christians. The Christians must meet one on one with other believers. South Korean missionaries that we met along the way, are smuggling Christians out of the country through an elaborate system of paying off officials and army men, and holding the people in holding tanks to avoid detection by Chinese and North Korean authorities. They are trained one on one across the border in China and then some are brought back into the country. In many cases bringing a Bible back across would mean certain death, therefore our literature and others literature and Bible verses are memorized over a period of time and then taught person to person.
The North Korean government has gotten very good at finding Bibles. They teach the kids at school a game called “the little black book” game. The kids are told to search their house well, without letting their parents catch them. They are to find the little black book.
If they find it, they are told they will get a reward. When they come back to the school with their Bible, the family is captured, torchored and put in concentration camps, even children. It is estimated that over 150,000 people are suffering in these camps, working hard labor.
Our ministry is working with several groups who will rescue people from these camps through means that we can’t tell you about. It will cost lives. We can tell you that we are committed to rescuing the children. Many of these children are now in schools in South Korea. They endured hard journey’s of up to two years in hiding. This is very similar to Nazi Germany. They are taught the Bible. They are taught education and they are allowed to live free in South Korea.
We ask for your prayer for this horrendous abuse of human rights to stop. We ask for your support to rescue children from these concentration camps. We ask for your support to empower the bold people who will step back into this country to share the gospel with others, even though many will be martyrs for the gospel. This is the front lines of the harvest. We need so much help. God will win in the end, he already has.
The faith of these beautiful believers will be recorded in eternal history of Christ’s glorious church.
Alan Young and Chris Harrison, November 16, 2013