ICC NOTE: One North Korean defector is working hard to ensure his people hear the word of God and stay informed of the truth outside of the regime.
Kim Chung-seong provides a radio show to the people of North Korea from a radio station in Seoul, South Korea calling for continued prayer to the party members that they find Christ and bow before God repenting of their sins.
According to the U.S. special envoy for human rights in North Korea, radio broadcasts are the best method of reaching the North Korean people. Whether it is from North Korean Christian missionaries like Kim or Voice of America, the word of God and the message of freedom resounds across the airwaves in the hermit kingdom.
5/31/2016 South Korea(Christian Today)- For an hour each day, Kim Chung-seong, a defector from North Korea and a Christian missionary, takes to the microphone in a small Seoul studio.
At 1 am, his show ‘Hello from Seoul, the Republic of Korea’ sends a mix of gospel music and news into North Korea, defying the isolated state’s efforts to keep its people in the dark about the world, religion and the truth about its leaders.
“Brothers and sisters in the North, I hope this time can be a moment of prayer for a miracle that every party member of North Korea at the party congress can meet God,not take a further step into the cult of personality,” Kim said.
He was referring to the meeting of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party this month, where young leader Kim Jong Un was unanimously elevated to party chairman.”
I am desperately praying that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and all administrators under him kneel down in front of God and repent for their sins, leave the path of tormenting their people,” Kim, who came to the South in 2004, said in his studio at the Far East Broadcasting Company.
North Korea strictly bans access to outside information, but a growing number of North Koreans consume illicit media, including South Korean TV dramas that show the prosperity of life across the heavily fortified border, via contraband USB sticks and DVDs smuggled from China.
The impoverished North is still technically at war with rich, democratic South Korea because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty.
It has also been slapped with UN and other sanctions for its nuclear and missile programmes.
Robert King, US special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, told a Senate panel in October that up to 29 per cent of North Koreans had listened to foreign radio and said the medium, including the US government’s Voice of America, remained the most important way to get information into the country.
“Listening under the blanket”Kim Myung-jun, professor at Sogang University’s school of mass communications in Seoul, said smuggled USB sticks and DVDs were more about entertainment, whereas radio carried news.
“Once you listen in, you tend to keep listening under the blanket. It gets you addicted,” he said. “AM radio stations like Far East Broadcasting Company have pretty good signals and can be listened to clearly in much of North Korea.”
Pray that the Gospel will thrive more in the face of hostilities!
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