March 2021 – According to a recent report from Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, North Koreans’ exposure to the Bible is steadily increasing annually despite severe persecution. However, extreme persecution continues under the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, who issued an order in 2014 to arrest anyone who had contact with Christianity. Punishments for religious activities include being arrested, forced to live in a metal cage, tortured to death, and publicly executed, among other atrocities.
Such persecution prompted North Korean defector Sookyung Kang to travel 3,000 miles from North Korea to freedom in South Korea when she was only 17 years old. She left behind her family to escape tyranny and worship God freely.
“Being able to worship and praise however I wanted in South Korea, I was so thankful for this freedom,” Kang said. “My heart was full of gratitude. I don’t think I came to South Korea without a purpose.”
Kang plans to attend graduate school in the U.S. in preparation to help rebuild her home country one day.